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Are We More Food Naive Than Food Savvy?

A bit of food for an “April Fools” thought… Most of us would consider ourselves to be something of a foodie — we take great pleasure in our food and eating. We know where to get the best buffalo wings,… Continue Reading →

For The Joy Of Animals: Mouse Maid

Apparently Cinderella isn’t the only one with a mouse helper. Handy & compact maybe having a mouse maid will be the next little thing… A mouse has been captured tidying up bits and bobs in a pensioner's shed. Stephen McKears… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE WIFE by Meg Wolitzer

I picked THE WIFE by Meg Wolitzer for our book club, as I thought it would be so much fun to have a corresponding “go to the movies night” to compare the novel with the new movie featuring Glenn Close…. Continue Reading →

Tis The Season…

Tis the season — to share love and laughter among friends, family and furcritters…

Topi’s Camping Adventure

What did you do this summer? That seems to be the universal question of greeting as summer winds down and we begin to migrate back to our normal routine of work, school, and fall social occasions. Of course, how you… Continue Reading →

Here’s To Your Liberty And Mine

While your liberty and mine can take many different forms, may we ever embrace and strive towards an ideal of liberty where all people have the right, the power, and the ability to choose… “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE SHAPE OF IDEAS by Grant Snider

First, a confession: I’ve long been a fan and a follower of Grant Snider’s “Incidental Comics.”  Seeing one of his comic strips pop-up in my Twitter feed is like a gift of sunshine to brighten my day.   My eyes… Continue Reading →

Pondering The Possibilities: Repeal of Whopper Neutrality

Have you heard of “Net Neutrality”?  What about “Whopper Neutrality”? Back in December of 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to overturn regulations mandating net neutrality.   Net Neutrality was one of those things that too many of us took… Continue Reading →

Music: Augustin Hadelich’s “Fantasy of the Cats”

We listen to music for a variety of reasons — to relax, to distract, to celebrate, to evoke a memory, to capture a moment, to alter our mood, to reflect our emotions, to enhance our brain functions… But, have you… Continue Reading →

Book Review: GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong

“…there is a bit of magic in this author’s ability to tell a deeply affecting story with interspersed humor” I will be honest: I don’t know how to feel about this book. Prior to picking up GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel… Continue Reading →

Series Review: THE GOOD PLACE

Every now and then a tv show surprises me in an unexpectedly good way.  A recent Netflix binge brought me, happily, to THE GOOD PLACE! While our lives often seem like a twisted series of moral dilemmas (and then we… Continue Reading →

DEMENTIA DIALOGUES (TEDx) — Remaking Conversation

The value of communications and conversations are not just in their exchange of wants, needs, and information, but the connections and relationships they build with each interaction.  One of the most compelling things about TEDTalks — they help us to… Continue Reading →

Garden Nemesis Or Garden Poser?

I didn’t see him arrive, but suddenly he was there. His back to me, he boldly surveyed the garden. As if, all my hard work was his for the taking. As if, I wasn’t mere inches away. As if, he… Continue Reading →

Pondering The Possibility: A Tease of Orange Blossoms

I’m a sucker for trivia questions that ask what a group of a particular type of animal is called?  The fun being when the names are distinctive and not what one would expect.  Yeah, a pride of lions, a parliament of… 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 →

Pondering The Possibilities: The Bat-Candy-Halloween Connection

Have you ever wondered how the bat-candy-halloween connection got started? Well, I think I might have the answer.  Okay, it is pure speculation on my part, but the evidence seems pretty convincing me. It is all because of fruit. Does that… 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 →

Fun Must Share Twitter Animal Tales – Part I

I love to read around the internet and frequently come across engaging, funny or insightful news and superb storytelling that are “must shares.”  Since I often find them through twitter (sorry, not a facebooker)  I just automatically “tweet” or “retweet” the links… 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 →

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 →

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