How many more will have to die?

My partner teaches the lost, the alone and angry. My child goes to a primary school. I used to work in the front office of a school. I was trained for that day when the school would go into lockdown, and children and adults would have to seek whatever shelter they could.

Is this the sort of society we want to live in? Where students, teachers and staff are taken through emergency procedures like this?

I’m fortunate, I live in Australia. We have gun control, but we still prepare for the worst. But I can’t imagine what it’s like to live in a society where the lives of innocent children have been shed time after time, and no one does anything.

 

It’s a time for mourning yes, and I’m no stranger to grief, but I’ve found that in my mourning, my resolve for change is at it’s greatest. There is power in grief to make the changes needed. Use the grief to make a lasting difference America. Save your own children.

A brave and frank American speaks out here, via My Terrible Truth

Will you join her?

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Taika Waititi

Why Taika Waititi thought Thor: Ragnarok would be a ‘career-ender’

I love Taika Waititi – and this interview is just gorgeous…..

Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March. This is held each March to commemorate the extradorinaiy achievements of women. As we get ready for this very special month, we look for books, projects and other resources to use in our libraries and classrooms with all students. I have started a Women’s History Month Collection to start gathering…

via A Special Collection Of Books and Resources for Women’s History Month — The Library Voice

Give cling the fling- how to make your own beeswax food wraps

Another great idea for reducing your reliance on plastic wrap!!!

While single use disposable plastic bags, cutlery and plates can easily be swapped with reusable items, cling wrap (plastic wrap) is something that many of us do not give a second thought to. However there is another way! The plastic free alternative known as beeswax wraps keeps sandwiches, wraps and last nights leftovers fresh without the need for using disposables. Basically anything you have used plastic wrap for in the past can be replaced by this awesome and REUSABLE beeswax wrap.

There are many market stalls and eco friendly businesses and organisations where these are available for purchase. Though making them yourself can be a cheaper alternative as well as a fun way to get crafty! Bring your friends over for a beeswax wrap party! That way you are spreading the word, raising awareness of our cultures addiction to disposable plastic and having a great time with friends all at…

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5 Reason’s You’ll Love Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ (Spoiler-Free)

I had the privilege of seeing Black Panther last night. As a long time Marvel fan, I can say I’m overjoyed with the array of strong female characters. Finally we’re getting the diversity we need on the big screen.

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Marvel’s Black Panther has finally landed in cinemas, and it sure packs a pretty hard punch. Sidelining the typical Marvel humour, director Ryan Coogler delves into the world of Wakanda and constructs a unique standalone adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m still working on my full spoiler-free review but until then, here are five things you’ll love about Black Panther.

Michael B. Jordan Is A Fantastic Villain

Black Panther Image via Marvel Studios

Even though Marvel Studios has a pretty solid track record when it comes to its heroes, the company hasn’t had much luck when you take a look at the villains…until now.

Early reactions suggested that Michael B. Jordan’s villainous Killmonger would be a highlight of Black Panther and now that I’ve finally seen the film, I would have to agree. Killmonger is arguably the best developed Marvel villain of all-time, with understandable motives and a stellar performance from…

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#BookGivingDay celebrations

Did you participate? My child’s school did….any day we can celebrate Reading, Knowledge and Libraries is a special day!

International Book Giving Day 2018

Here’s a whirlwind tour of the fantastic #BookGivingDay acts of generosity I’ve spied so far today…

Haslemere Bookshop in the UK…

A great treasure hunt from Prenderland Books, Bolton UK…

Lots of book giving in Turkey…

Afyon bahcesehir schools in Turkey, take a close look at the lovely book tree…

Afyon Bahçeşehir Koleji ~ Okulöncesi öğretmeni 🏛 ☄Belki de dinozorların nesli tükenmed

and Bandırma in Turkey… Turkey are ALL over #BookGivingDay this year!

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2017 Aurealis Awards shortlist announcement

Was such an honour and a privilege to be part of the judging team this year for this fantastic award. I hope that you’re able to explore some of the very best that Australia produces this year…..

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2017 Aurealis Awards finalists announced

The Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF), organisers of the 2017 Aurealis Awards, are delighted to announce the finalists for the Awards.

Judging coordinator Tehani Croft noted that entry numbers continue to be strong, with over 800 submissions in 2017. “We continue to be impressed by the breadth of entries, with publishers from all over the world ensuring the work of their creators is considered. This year the judges read more than 800 entries across the fifteen categories. It’s very pleasing to see publishers of all types featured among the finalists this year, with small publishers and self-published work finding a place alongside the majors.”

Winners of the 2017 Aurealis Awards and the Convenors’ Award for Excellence will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony during the Easter long weekend as part of the Swancon convention at the Pan Pacific hotel, Perth. Details of the…

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