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Words: “… The Doctrine Of The Manyness Of Reality”

We all agree that truth matters, but how do we become honest critics of truth? How do we create meaningful change without a full and honest view of the problem?  How do we reach consensus for meaningful action if we are… Continue Reading →

Movie: HIDDEN FIGURES

As soon as I saw the preview for HIDDEN FIGURES I was hooked.   As a women, as a history lover, as a child of the sixties who grew up watching the race to the moon, the civil rights movement,… Continue Reading →

Lost & Found News: Galaxies, Whale Dung, Unicorns, & Wild Horses

Lost:  Carl Sagan’s Billions; Earth’s Little Blue Orb Found:  The Universe Has Two Trillion Galaxies Back in the 1980’s, Carl Sagan captured the publics imagination with his talk of the Universe’s Billions.  Now, based on images collected over 20 years by the… Continue Reading →

Words: “I Am Not Simply A Story-teller …”

One of my goals in starting BELOW THE SALT NEWS was to explore the power and possibilities of stories and storytellers to create change. Whether the story is based in fact or fantasy; whether it is told through art, invention, music,… Continue Reading →

Words: “… Her Birthright To Self-Sovereignty “

The road to full inclusion, participation, and opportunity for women still lies ahead — seemingly endless and unnecessarily winding.   But, each step along the way needs to be recognized and celebrated.  For it is the individual steps each woman takes towards ”… Continue Reading →

Movie:  (DIS) HONESTY — The Truth About Lies

We all love a good story about the rise and fall of an unworthy person.  It is the stuff of history, fiction and our daily news.  Of course, the bigger the rise, the better the fall.  Right? But what if the… Continue Reading →

Book: FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown

“big-in-heart debut novel… poetic and evocative” If you appreciate a sense of place and lush descriptions of the natural world (and, in this case, its devastating destruction by men in battle), FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown is for you. I guarantee you… 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 →

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 →

President Lincoln, Inventor and Proponent of Wind Power

In 1849, Abraham Lincoln conceived of and successfully patented a system of air chambers and bellows to lift boats over shoals and obstructions in a river.  As a U.S. Congressman (House of Representatives 1847-1849), Lincoln was a frequent boat traveler between Washington D.C. to his… Continue Reading →

Words: “Trust is the conduit for influence …”

Amy Cuddy is famous for her research recognizing how our body language sends messages not just to others, but to ourselves. “Power posing” in private for 5 minutes changes our body chemistry and can do more to boost self-confidence than a pep talk. Her… Continue Reading →

Small Acts of Kindness

As a law enforcement officer, I was constantly aware of my surroundings.  Hidden dangers could mean life or death.  A year after retirement, I’m still alert.  But it’s not danger I’m spotting.  It’s small acts of kindness. Thank you for your… Continue Reading →

Book: THE HOURS COUNT by Jillian Cantor

“skillful weaving of fact and fiction… A roller-coaster ride of emotion and adrenaline” THE HOURS COUNT by Jillian Cantor is a quiet but impactful story about the only two civilians (the married couple Julius and Ethel Rosenberg) who were executed in the U.S…. Continue Reading →

In The Flint Water Debacle – A Story of Successful Activism 

We tell a story with everything we do. A story of our priorities — by what we give our attention to and spend our time on. A story of our fears — by what we lie about and with whom… Continue Reading →

The World War II Women Knew

The stories of World War II have been told many times through a multitude of male perspectives and usually with only enough women included to companionably pad the edges.   Rarely has an effort been made to focus entirely on… Continue Reading →

Book: THE ENCHANTED by Rene Denfeld

“Stunning … a darkly beautiful, moving book” THE ENCHANTED by Rene Denfeld in one word: stunning! Of course, I can’t stop at a one-word description for what is, without a doubt, my favorite read this year. This book also makes… 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 →

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