Book: ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR by Darragh McKeon

Wow. ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR by Darragh McKeon was an incredible read: lush, lyrical prose on a sentence-by-sentence level, with breathtaking imagery and description. The stories of the four main characters were introduced separately but woven together like a fine tapestry. I can’t say enough about this début […]

Movie: UnBRANDED

From beginning to end, Unbranded is a wild ride.  It is exactly what you would expect when you take a 3,000 mile journey from Mexico to Canada across the rugged public lands of the American west with four not-yet-ready-to-settle-down men in their 20’s and 16 newly adopted and trained wild horses.  It […]

Pondering Possibilities: Embracing Ridiculous

If “possibilities are endless,” where and how will we find them?  And when should we stop looking? I wonder, because lately it feels as if too many of us stop looking for possibilities.  We’ve settled for what is and handed over the search of what could be to the serious-minded.  And we are now patiently waiting for […]

The Joy of Animals: A Not So Mud Loving Rhino

It’s hard to imagine anyone can watch Ringo, a Southern White Rhinoceros calf who oozes personality from the top of his expressive Shrek-like ears and adorably plaintive whine down to his non-conformist Rhino attitude towards mud — and still claim animal emotions are merely anthropomorphic (the ascribing of human characteristics to animals) wishful thinking. Animal Emotions There is now plenty of research on […]

#ILookLikeA #GirlPower #Future

Seeing is believing!  Especially when it comes to an #ILookLikeA #Girlpower #Future! But today I found a little hope and inspiration in a wonderful video showing girls envisioning themselves as the current generation of movers and shakers. Bravo to GoldieBlox.  I’ve been a little critical of their misdirected messaging in past videos.  But […]

Words To Live By: “It’s A Beautiful Glass”

Wanting to understand “What is it that makes us human?” filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand collected images and stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries about love, work, poverty, death, war… for his film HUMAN.  In this excerpt, John Halcyon Styn shares an inspirational story about his grandfather, Rev. Caleb Shikles.  Who reminds us not to […]

Caterpillars — Masters of Domination

Evolution does strange and wondrous things — like creating Caterpillars Masters of Domination! I’m proof of how little we know of nature’s complexity and how much we misidentify actions through our limited knowledge…  I always thought the most amazing thing about caterpillars, besides their massive appetite and rapid growth, was their ability to transform themselves from […]

What’s Your Favorite Way To Celebrate The 4th Of July?

The semi-official/traditional Independence Day celebration includes food outdoors with family/friends, parades and fireworks.  But I often wonder if we still love our current ways to celebrate the 4th of July as much as the media does? If given the chance to start from scratch and create a whole new set of Independence day traditions would we start over and […]

Some College Professors Among the Working Poor

It was horrifying to learn some college professors among the working poor — approximately 25% of part-time college faculty receives one or more types of public assistance (Medicaid/CHIP, TANF, EITC, and/or SNAP) programs. I have long had a stereotyped view of affluent college professors living in relative comfort, but in a trend reflective of America’s […]