Thoughts about the kid’s book The Stamp Collector

I borrowed the book The Stamp Collector from the library because I thought it might be another cute book about collections, and in a way it is but its also much darker and more relevant than that. The story starts like a folk tale with the city boy who loves stamps and a country boy who loves words, but the city boy becomes a guard and the country boy a prisoner. The pictures of the book are stunning explorations of contrast, most with one or two dominant colors, and everywhere stamps and postmarks. (The postmarks in themselves look somewhat ominous, like government stamps on every Continue reading

Meme-y Monday: Prisoners treated better than the elderly?

There is a meme going around the internet that says: “Here is some food for thought…We should place the elderly in prisons. They will get a shower a day, video surveillance in case of problems, three hot meals a day, access to a library, computer, TV, gym, doctor on-site, free medication if needed. We should put criminals in nursing homes. They have cold meals, lights off at 7pm, two showers a week, live in a smaller room and pay rent at $4,000 a month!!! It’s pretty sad that we treat prisoners better than the elderly.” I’ve seen this quoted on Continue reading