John Steinbeck’s Six Tips for the Aspiring Writer and His Nobel Prize Speech | Open Culture

Feb. 27 is the birthday of writer John Steinbeck, whose great novel of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath, gives an eloquent and sympathetic voice to the dispossessed. In 1962, Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.” You can watch him deliver... Continue Reading →

Photographer Spends Hours on Bridges to Capture Colorful Overhead Portraits of Street Vendors

Keen photographers have the ability to elevate the ordinary into stunning imagery and photographer Loes Heerink has done just that with her series about the street vendors of Hanoi. Waking up at 4 am, the vendors—often female migrant workers—pack their bicycles to the brim with fresh flowers and fruit, walking miles throughout the course of the... Continue Reading →

Shakespeare and Company, Paris’s famous bookstore where wandering writers are welcome | The Washington Post

By James McAuley, September 27, 2016 PARIS — Shakespeare and Company, the small, crumbling bookshop on Paris’s Left Bank, may be the most famous bookstore in the world. It was the first place to publish the entirety of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” when no one else would, and for decades it has been an informal living... 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 →

First freewriting exercise in a long time

I read ""Writing Without Teachers," by Peter Elbow in college. One of the things he talks about is how a daily freewriting exercise can free the writer's mind to write better. It involved writing for at least ten minutes and not stopping even to think of the next word you're going to write. Not thinking... Continue Reading →

Today is the birthday of Gabriel García Márquez

It’s the birthday of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist who said, “I’ve always been convinced that my true profession is that of journalist.” That’s Gabriel García Márquez, born in Aracataca, Colombia, on this day in 1927. He’s the author of one of the most important books in Latin American literature, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967).... Continue Reading →

‘The story really wants to defeat you. You have to be more mulish than the story’ | Writer’s Almanac

It’s the birthday of the novelist Khaled Hosseini (books by this author), born in Kabul, Afghanistan (1965). Khaled Hosseini said: “There is a romantic notion to writing a novel, especially when you are starting it. You are embarking on this incredibly exciting journey, and you’re going to write your first novel, you’re going to write... 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 →

Don’t Turn Away From the Art of Life | The New York Times

Arnold Weinstein, a professor of comparative literature at Brown University, and the author, most recently, of “Morning, Noon and Night: Finding the Meaning of Life’s Stages,” writes in The New York Times that "our data-driven culture bears much of the blame for the decline of the humanities in higher education." But it's not just in... Continue Reading →

Ansel Adams got a camera and trip to Yosemite for his 14th birthday. The rest is history.

Photographer Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco on this date in 1902. His father worked in the timber industry, a business he’d inherited from his father before him. Adams would later condemn the lumber industry for its effect on the redwood forests he loved. Adams was an unruly boy — hyperactive and mostly likely... Continue Reading →

Here’s an option for American refugees fleeing a Trump presidency | WaPo

[Looks beautiful to me and is not at all out of the question] A website put up by a Canadian radio host from the maritime province of Nova Scotia invites Americans worried about life under a President Donald Trump to relocate north. The tongue-in-cheek stunt, put together by local DJ Rob Calabrese, opens with the following guidance urging... 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 →

Who is on President Obama’s Shortlist to Replace Antonin Scalia? | Democracy Now!

Nearly 30 years ago, Antonin Scalia was approved by the Senate in a unanimous vote. Analysts are projecting a much tougher road for the next nominee. We look at four potential nominees: California Attorney General Kamala Harris, D.C. Circuit Judge Sri Srinivasan, Ninth Circuit Judge Paul Watford and Eighth Circuit Judge Jane Kelly. Source: Who... Continue Reading →

A 94-year-old former Nazi guard stands accused of helping to murder 170,000 people — still hope that more war criminals will be brought to justice

ed:This shows there is still hope that many more war criminals, from Africa, Latin America, China, the U.S., will one day be brought to justice and, perhaps people in this world will change their ways and not order others to go out and kill people. Trials of former Nazi concentration camp guards in Germany have... Continue Reading →

Bits from today’s Washington Post feed

Donald Trump mocked at German Carnival: “Make fascism great again” This (remarkable -- of course it's remarkable, you have it in your news feed) chart shows how U.S. defense spending dwarfs the rest of the world This Indian soldier survived five miraculous days trapped beneath a 25-foot avalanche Chinese mall becomes ‘prison’ for bears, belugas,... Continue Reading →

Overseas jobs online now!

A character in a story I'm working on is surprised at the online availability of jobs in Afghanistan :::: .... you could literally find a job in Afghanistan online, from the Army’s Civil Logistics Augmentation Program, which sounded like a rational way to contribute to society -- or the destruction of one -- to truck... Continue Reading →

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