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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 →

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: “… Meeting Physical Force With Soul Force”

In 1963  Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t just share his dream of the future and his faith in the American peoples’ (and world’s) ability to come together for equality and justice.  He spoke not just of rights and achieving a moral outcome.  He… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Words: “Courage To Face Life Cheerfully…”

“I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves — this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to… 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 →

The Transformative Power of Listening

As much as the phrase “captive audience” is bandied about by advertisers and media, listening is not passive.  It is not something that one person can truly force upon another.  Nor can it be realistically achieved as an act of surrender…. 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 →

Words: “Do Worthwhile Work”

We all want ‘what we do’ to be valued. And we want to be valued for what we do … Since what we do actually builds platforms for future actions by ourselves and others… Wouldn’t it make sense that the choices we make every day… Continue Reading →

The #HateWontWin Challenge

How do you continue a legacy of love in the face of a horrific tragedy? The #HateWontWin Challenge Build bonds of hope. Alana Simmons began to build hope for millions of people around the world when she told Dylann Roof, the… Continue Reading →

Equality and the Destiny of Dissenters

The joy many felt at the SCOTUS’ marriage equality ruling – and the beauty of more than a  dozen landmarks that turned rainbow last night – was marred only by diminishing comments from Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Alito. Their… Continue Reading →

Quotable You: “Your Mind, Do Investigate.”

We function in a world full of assumptions.  We literally start our day with them.  We assume if we open our eyes, we will see. We assume if we stand up, the ground will hold our weight.  We assume if we see a… Continue Reading →

Sharing FEMINIST Stories: An Interview With Jennifer Hall Lee

Feminism is not the “F” word and feminists are not the bearded, Birkenstock wearing sisterhood!  Disabusing wrong-headed notions about feminism is vital in understanding its benefits to society as well as the opportunities now available to women as a result. In a special… Continue Reading →

Let’s Celebrate A Howe Mother’s Day Too

Back in 1870, Julia Ward Howe envisioned another kind of Mother’s Day.  Although a mother herself, she wasn’t looking for a day of remembrance and celebration as was championed many decades later by Anna Jarvis and made an official national… Continue Reading →

Words: “Forgiveness Is An Act Of Creation…”

“Forgiveness is an act of creation. You can choose from many ways to do it. You can forgive for now, forgive till then, forgive till the next time, forgive but give no more chances it’s a whole new game if… Continue Reading →

The Joyful Side of Animal Rescue

Would you be surprised to know there is a joyful side of animal rescue? So much of what we see and hear about animal rescue is focused on the pain, sadness, and fear of abandoned and abused animals.  These have become compelling… Continue Reading →

Quotable You: “Not All Were Sprinkled With Happiness…”

A dear friend has a favorite saying she shares as needed.  Words of wisdom told to her by a boss early in her work life.  Since she had her 99th birthday a few months back, one can assume she knows what she is talking… Continue Reading →

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