Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}

Hi, and welcome to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever.  And there may be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

1. An article in the journal Surgical Neurology International by Dr. Sergio Canevero stated that full human head transplants may be possible in the near future. Frankenstein, anyone? The article goes on to note that this procedure wouldn’t help people with spinal cord injuries because the spinal cord needs a “clean cut” in order to fuse with the donor cord. Why, why, why, would anyone want to do this?

I can see the validity of organ transplants, limb transplants, and even face transplants {although that kinda freaks me out} but a full head transplant?

According to the article, scientists have been doing this medical procedure with animals for nearly 40 years. And I always thought The Island of Dr. Moreau was a work of fiction.

2. Since I started writing these posts, I’ve come across some things that have left me wanting to sit in a corner and rock. I’ve chosen not to share those things with you. But, sometimes, there is something so cray that I have no choice but to share it. But let me warn you, what has been seen cannot be unseen. I give you a coat. Made of male chest hair. That is all.

3.  Can we talk about Rachel Jeantel, the witness at the Trayvon Martin trial? Or, more specifically, societal norms. I know some news outlets, bloggers, and Twitter folks are saying talking about her is talking about all Black people. I don’t accept that. There is a certain way that one should carry one’s self when in a court room, a church, out on the street, etc. And I don’t care who you are, or how you’ve been raised, everyone knows this.

Over my forty years, I’ve come across a few people that have rubbed me the wrong way and who, I felt, went out of their way to make my life miserable. But two things that have stuck in my head :

  1. I don’t get paid to like anyone, I get paid to do my job ~ if I like my coworkers, that’s a bonus.
  2. You don’t have to like the person in charge but you do have to respect their position.

Rachel was disrespectful to the court, Trayvon Martin’s family, and, most of all, to herself. If she really wanted to help Trayvon’s family, she should have sat up straight, spoken clearly and loud enough for the jury to hear her, and kept her attitude in check.

What had you scratchin’ your head this past week?

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