At the Tea Garden, By Margaret Hasse

from today's Writer's Almanac My friend and I mull over the teas displayed in square jars with beveled glass labeled by type. Each name seems part of a haiku: "After the Snow Sprouting." "Moon Palace." "Mist Over the Gorges." I'm drawn to green teas with unoxidized leaves that don't wither, hold their grassy fragrance like... Continue Reading →

"Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages." ~ Thomas A. Edison

Violence is unable to change anything for the better

"One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favours such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better."  ~ Daniel Berrigan Today, Aug. 28, is... Continue Reading →

Take care of yourself and each other. Take care of your father and your mother because they’re the only ones you’ll ever have. Take care of your brothers and sisters, they, too, are unique to you and will usually be there when you need them most, just as you should be there when they need... Continue Reading →

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ~ Haruki Murakami

It’s the birthday of Judy Blume, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (1938)

From today's Writer's Almanac It's the birthday of Judy Blume, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (1938), the best-selling author of more than two dozen books for young people. She was 27 years old, with two preschool-aged children, when she began writing seriously. For two years, she received constant rejections. Then in 1970, she had her... Continue Reading →

At war with those who are supposed to keep us safe

Isn't one of the government's responsibilities to keep their people safe? It's ironic I think that we seem to be so often at odds with the very powers that are supposed to keep us safe, fighting their actions that jeopardize the peace we work so hard to maintain.

Light | cjzurcher

From a spark to a flame. Was it a spark that caused all this? The Sun? The suns beyond our own? Or two sticks being rubbed together By two gods somewhere out there, or two worshipers -- Beyond our solar system, beyond our galaxy, Beyond what we call the universe -- somewhere some say it... Continue Reading →

Satellite data gives hope to stopping deforestation

A good use of technology has arrived! A satellite-based alert system could prove a potent weapon in the fight against deforestation. As few as eight hours after it detects that trees are being cut down, the system will send out e-mails warning that an area is endangered. That rapid response could enable environmental managers to... Continue Reading →

The 7 Step Evening Ritual That Will Make You Happy

Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman and his colleagues have shown that what we remember about the pleasurable quality of our past experiences is almost entirely determined by two things: how the experiences felt when they were at their peak (best or worst), and how they felt when they ended. This “peak-end” rule of Kahneman’s is... Continue Reading →

‘When Breath Becomes Air’: How to live, by a doctor who died at 37

This fast-selling memoir by an idealist neurosurgeon facing an early death from cancer gains power and poignancy from its detailed descriptions and reflections on mortality. The power of this book lies in its eloquent insistence that we are all confronting our mortality every day, whether we know it or not. The real question we face,... Continue Reading →

Addicted to Distraction | NYTimes

Unfortunately we all are getting to know this one a little too well. ...Fight it, fight it! ONE evening early this summer, I opened a book and found myself reading the same paragraph over and over, a half dozen times before concluding that it was hopeless to continue. I simply couldn’t marshal the necessary focus.... Continue Reading →

The new U.S. poet laureate will make your brain work. Plus 4 other great things to know about him.

As a child, Herrera lived a nomadic life out of tents and trailers on farm roads throughout California. His folks, both migrant farmworkers from Mexico, moved with the seasons of agriculture for the often hazardous and thankless work in the fields. Source: The new U.S. poet laureate will make your brain work. Plus 4 other... Continue Reading →

Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Cat’s Cradle’ getting TV treatment

Hipsters rejoice! IM Global Television will be adapting Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical sci-fi novel Cat’s Cradle for the small screen, the studio announced Thursday. The studio is looking for a “high-level writer/showrunner,” to develop the project alongside executive producer Brad Yonover and co-executive producer Sandi Love. Published in 1963, Cat’s Cradle was Vonnegut’s fourth novel and focuses mainly on the topics... Continue Reading →

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