May 09, 2022 by Rose O'Keefe

The 1927 winner, Smoky the Cowhorse, by Will James was only available on CD in our library system. I’m certain I read it decades ago, so I moved on to the next, Gay-Neck, The Story of a Pigeon, by Dhan Gopal Mukerji. Picking it up at the library was a pleasant task on my to-do list.

Once again, the Christian Science Monitor Weekly (May 9) touched on more timely topics than I ever anticipate. The editorial brief told of an  ex-pat Russian woman helping Ukrainian refugees find places to stay in Budapest. The Russian woman considered herself one of the lucky ones who could support others in times of need.

The Humanity Behind the Headlines article told of how daily life for average Afghanis changed for the better after the Taliban takeover because they were no longer caught in the crossfire of competing forces. People Making a Difference told of high school students in Colorado Springs who took on the care of a former Japanese internment camp that once imprisoned 10,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II.

It was hard to choose which of five items in Points of Progress was my favorite. I’ll go with Germany’s use of high-altitude kites to generate clean energy for sea vessels. And, the article on the path that a pair of denim jeans takes from cotton in the fields, to fabric, fabrication and sale to consumers. There must be a better way to manage the clothing industry so it treats workers better and pollutes less.

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