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Dorothy Parker Remembered

Dorothy Parker is best known for her short quips such as 'Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.' And another famous quip,   'Men don't make passes at girls who wear glasses.' On the 50th anniversary of her death, the Forward published a short piece that links half-Jewish Parker with civil rights icon Martin Luther King. Parker's Baltimore headstone reads, 'Here lie the ashes of Dorothy Parker (1893 – 1967), humorist, writer, critic, defender of human and civil rights.'

During her life, Parker encouraged overworked and underpaid hotel waiters to strike. She also demonstrated a willingness to be arrested for protesting the unjust murder convictions of anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti. In her will, Parker asked that writing royalties she earned be donated to Martin Luther King and upon his death to the NAACP. To learn more about Dorothy Parker the social activist, visit   When asked if she talked to herself, Parker replied, 'Of course, I talk to myself. I like a good speaker, and I appreciate an intelligent audience.' Enjoy.

New Study Suggests Frailty Causes Fire Deaths In Elderly

A new study published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST, demonstrates scientifically that an individual's ability to respond quickly to a residential fire determines who dies and who becomes injured.   Home fire deaths, NIST researchers say, are more likely among those they define as 'frail populations' and who are 65 years old or older. To read more about this research, click on   You never know.

LOC Releases Bickerdyke Letters On Line

During the Civil War, Union soldiers in the Western Theater called nurse Mary Ann Bickerdyke 'mother' for her gentle and comforting nursing care of the injured. Bickerdyke's papers include lists of provisions supplied to soldiers during her tenure nursing the troops as well as grateful letters to Bickerdyke from soldiers she nursed. In order to become a battlefield nurse, Bickerdyke had to leave her own family in the care of others.   Letters from Bickerdyke to her family document the tension the separation generated between mother and children. To learn more about the dedication of this unheralded woman, surf over to   By putting these documents digitally on line, the Library of Congress enables students, teachers and scholars to access documents that shed light on the contributions of average Americans to the Civil War effort.

Sierra Club Lists 20 Coolest Schools

The Sierra Club recently posted a list of the 20 top schools that work the hardest to protect the planet. Some of the schools on the list provide surprises by their inclusion. Colgate University at number 20 and Harvard at number 19 are no surprise. But Lewis and Clark College in Oregon, Oberlin College in Ohio and Colby College in Maine prove a bit surprising. To view the whole list of 20 visit, And except for the intellectual cognoscenti who know all, the surprise number 1 is College of the Atlantic in Maine. This school beat number 2 on the list by nearly 50 points. In addition to this list, the Sierra Club also published a ranking of more than 200 colleges that provide planet-friendly environmental actions. This list may be accessed at

Back To School Tips For Parents

Across New York State, students will trudge back to school very shortly. To help students' ease back- to- school fears the feds have provided tips for parents. According to the website, following these parental tips will help insure that students 'plant roots for the rest of the academic year.' Some tips are no surprise: have students eat breakfast.. Some tips can be problematic such as: when I went to school… To find this good advice, click on   And so it goes.