Happy 80th birthday, Gloria Steinem! To celebrate her impact and pay it forward, let’s all be hopeaholics - at least for one day. Put a little hope back in the world today and share what gives you hope. Using #hopeaholic.
#GloriaSteinem #80 #HappyBirthday #feminism #womensmovement #womenshistorymonth
All fished out… Teddy Roosevelt in Florida
One afternoon, I walked into a restaurant near my school to grab some lunch by myself, but instead, I got invited to eat with three police officers!
Total strangers, but in 15 minutes I knew everyone’s background story (where they worked before Leku, how many siblings they have, which towns they are originally from, etc.) and favorite foods. Not surprisingly, most of them said siga (meat – Ethiopians LOVE meat) and bursame, a Sidama Zone dish, made from the roots of the false banana tree.
They also found out where I am from, what I’m doing here in Ethiopia, which compound I live in - turns out one of them knows who my landlord is, and why I cannot have more than 2 cups of coffee a day. (Sleep would be extremely difficult to achieve, and for me saying ‘I love sleep’ is a huge understatement. Inkilf almat’am!)
This is after we ate a meat+soup dish called k’ilk’il and injera. And of course, we must finish lunch with a cup (or 2) of buna.
I don’t record these things on here enough, but almost every day something unexpected happens, and usually it turns out to be a pleasant twist. You meet someone at a buna bet who becomes your new good friend, or you get invited to eat at a teacher’s home because you saw her while walking on a different route than normal, etc. These moments and people truly humble you, and make you remember to take each day as it comes. Be present, wherever you are.
Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park
Two Sandhill Cranes flying over a wetland in Great Sand Dunes National Park earlier this month.
Photo: Patrick Myers
“The next generation of scientists, wildlife biologists, tribal experts, park managers and conservation leaders are now in school or just entering the workforce…This is the time we need to invest in creating meaningful connections between young people and the great outdoors.” - Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
Read Secretarial Order 3332, Engaging the Next Generation, signed by Jewell today.
Then visit our new @BLMmypubliclands Facebook page to follow the stories of employees, partners and volunteers who make up the BLM story - Our Story. We kicked off the new page this week with stories of youth education and employment on public lands - follow us to read more!
It’s Throwback Thursday! Check out these photos of the original Bureau of Land Management logo and matching photo from public lands.
It wasn’t until 1964 that the BLM adopted a new logo that remains today, with only National System of Public Lands added. Learn more about the history of the BLM and public lands management through this interactive timeline: http://bit.ly/1qZn2ob
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