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Primitive Technology — Where Tiny House Meets Survivor Man

As I am neither a millennial nor a survivalist, it might seem kind of strange that I am a fan of both the “tiny house” movement and the survival/wilderness teachings of Les Stroud and Bear Grylls. I could blame it on… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Words: “The Greatest Lessons You Teach Us…”

“Education” has almost become a byword for all that is wrong in the U.S.  While most people agree our education system is broken, we can’t seem to agree on the “real” problems or what to do to fix them.  So our current… Continue Reading →

Pet Owners Against Daylight Saving Time — Unite!

In all the discussions about the pros and cons of Daylight Saving Time, I have yet to hear anyone address the most compelling reason of all for getting rid of Daylight Saving Time — our pets. In the U.S. alone, 62%… Continue Reading →

Music: I LIVED by OneRepublic

I’ve long been a fan of I LIVED by OneRepublic. Its upbeat affirmation of life and living is guaranteed to get me up out of my chair and dancing around even on the gloomiest of days. But it wasn’t until… Continue Reading →

Bring it, 2016

2015 went by like a speed bump. Is it that I just turned 57, so every year races by faster than the one before it? Is it the dense time suck of social media and the phone addiction I share… Continue Reading →

For The Joy of Animals: Turkey Bobbing

Turkey bobbing anyone? We take an all hands — and paws — approach to prepping for our christmas feast.   Do you have plenty of helping hands and paws at your house? MERRY CHRISTMAS and  HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ~~~ You can find more Macho… Continue Reading →

#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… Continue Reading →

Words: “Ingredients For Your Cognitive Salad”

Some Jason Silva inspiration for your day. When asked “Can we harness the secrets of ‘Getting In The Zone?’ Can we ‘Hack Our Flow State?’”, Jason Silva says — Yes! “I have found that the best way is to take… Continue Reading →

For The Love Of Pets

Recently, the Examiner reported the heartbreaking story of a ten year old pet lab that a family surrendered to a shelter. Thankfully, the press he got meant that a rescue organization took him for placement in a forever home. Many dogs… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Words: “Things I Learned When I Was Chris…”

Sometimes, the right words have an unexpected source. Back in 2013, Ashton Kutcher at the TEEN CHOICE AWARDS confessed that his real “first name” was Chris. And that was the name he used until he become an actor and changed it to… Continue Reading →

Words: “I design, therefore I become.”

Jason Silva’s DO WE HAVE FREE WILL video (below), part of his SHOTS OF AWE web series, is an excellent reminder of how everything and everyone around us forms our consciousness.   Love it! “Consciousness is a co-production, Consciousness is a collaboration…… Continue Reading →

The Lure of Comic-Con

Out of my element at Comic-Con 2015, where 250,000 movie fans, comic devotees and techno geeks gather, I had an expectation of being trampled in a sea of humanity.  Instead, I found enthusiastic, welcoming people whose entry badges were like… Continue Reading →

Women Are Fundraising Their Way To The Big Political Table

Hillary Clinton’s first quarter fundraising total of $45 million revealed that women comprised more than 60% of her donor base.  Regardless of Party, this kind of financial participation is essential if women want to be treated as more than one… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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