A good science news site

sky-earth-galaxy-universe    As I wrote before, I’ll be sharing what I have found to be   interesting, novel, important, or fun websites.

Here is another site worth visiting for science news.  Science affects us all on a personal, societal, and global level.  Interesting and important articles. I’d do some reading there.  If you know of any other good science sites (for a layperson like me!), I’d love to hear about them.  I know very little about science… but know it’s important to keep learning.

Sciencenews.org website

One Hundred Years of My Antonia

I love the novels, short stories, and poetry of American writer Willa Cather.  She may  be best known for her beloved novel of the prairie, My Antonia

One hundred years have passed since the publication of this lovingly and well-written novel.  The Willa Cather Foundation  is remembering the novel with memories of the real life woman who partly inspired Cather to write about Antonia.

Only a book nerd would love this, and I love this.  Cather’s fiction is not flashy or trashy or shocking; they are loving but realistic looks into the beauty and the desperation of life.

Highly recommended.

Protect youth from predatory college practices/ article in Politico

justice scales       Today’s article here: Politico

Judge deals setback to DeVos’ handling of student fraud claims


Why does this matter? We need to protect our youth from predatory schools, lenders, etc.  As an educator, I’ve seen young people attend for- profit colleges, only to end up with staggering loans and an education they could not use. Worse, some were enrolled at colleges that closed, yet they still had major student loan debt.
We can do better; it harms us all to have youth crushed by student loans with no way to pay them. 
Laura Lee

Two poetry submissions this week

poetry     Two poems submitted this week.  That’s two more than last week, so we are in the positive direction.  More to follow.  Two rejections or two acceptances or… two no answers.

I enjoyed writing these poems, one a political poem and one simply bizarre–but inspired by a rather unique painting.  Art can inspire art!

Have you had any luck lately publishing?

Educators: Diane Ravitch’s websites

Website            If you are an educator in America or follow education issues, you probably know about Dr. Ravitch’s websites. I highly recommend her websites, as Dr. Ravitch dares to challenge the status quo.

As she writes on her blog:

Diane Ravitch’s website

A bit about her background, from her website:

My website is dianeravitch.com.
I am a historian of education and Research Professor of Education at New York University.
I was born in Houston, Texas, attended the Houston public schools from kindergarten through high school, and graduated from Wellesley College in 1960. I received my Ph.D. in the history of American education in 1975.

Some interesting or fun Facebook pages

smilies-funny-emoticon-faces-160760   Some interesting or fun Facebook pages

Some of these are closed groups; if you join, tell them Laura Lee sent you.

Wait, maybe not.

In no particular order:

Silent Book Club
–an active group of book lovers, vibrant civil discussions.

Cloud Enthusiasts
–because clouds are interesting

Cloud appreciation society

–more clouds! And it sounds cool to say you are a memember of the Cloud Appreciation Society.  Doesn’t it?

–because trees are important

Teachers for Social Justice
–because children and justice are important

Tuck Magazine
–an online political, human rights and arts magazine, because social justice and the arts are important.

Alt National Park Service
–because we love our national parks and care about the environment–plus we admire the pluckiness and courage of the founders of this site!

The Other 98%
–because it’s important to know

The Art Institute of Chicago
–it’s the AIC!

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
–it’s the CSO!

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
–Shakespeare & theater!

Kontras Quartet
–great musicians including the talented cousin Benjamin

Such interesting music that transcends genres!  One of sister’s husband’s groups. A warm and wild look into Jewish music over generations plus jazz…plus…. I don’t know how to describe it!

Estats Tonne Music
A modern troubador like nothing you’ve ever seen or heard… amazing history… listen. You won’t be sorry.  Love the incense on the guitar. AMAZING acoustic guitar player.

caFe’ hopeLess
–a closed group for creative writers, some I’ve known since 1999!  Refugees from the old MSN writing groups.




cropped-be-creative-creative-creativity-256514           Some of my poems, short stories, and nonfiction articles are included in books published in the UK, Greece, New Zealand, and the United States.

*Tuck Magazine, 2018


* Southernmost Point Guest House (UK)

* Journal of Modern Poetry 21 (Volume 21)

JOMP Volume 21 Dear Mr. President

* Journal of Modern Poetry 20 (Volume 20)

JOMP Volume 20 Poetry Writer’s Guide to the Galaxy

* Journal of Modern Poetry 17 (Volume 17)

JOMP Volume 17

* Magazine (New Zealand) , Raewyn Alexander, Publisher

Raewyn Alexander NZ

* Fiction in: http://staxtes.com/2003/ “Between the Sunlight and the Skipping” in English Wednesdays

* Illinois English Bulletin, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English, nonfiction.