Love In The Time Of Corona

This image above are the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis, as seen from one vantage point in space. That crown, that rim of green-blue light is a kind of corona. And that word has, properly, been on our lips. What are we being crowned by now? What mysteries are we being initiated into? I don’t…

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Bird God Graffiti in New York City and the Celestial Northern Cross

As The New York Postreported a few weeks ago “A vandal stole a cherry picker and tagged Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza arch with a massive piece of graffiti Sunday that read “Bird God.”  Videos and photos from social media show cars driving around the arch in Prospect Park as onlookers watched and cops tried to…

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The Warmth of the Whale

While some say the wheel and others say agriculture and yet others say metal work, I think it is hard to say that the capacity of human beings to make fire on demand isn’t the most consequential invention or discovery by human beings. I’d even go further to say that fire made humans beings in the…

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Babylonian and Greek Trigonometry: The Land that Impacts Mathematics

  Certainly the very word ‘trigonometry’ might bring up a wince in you. Horrible memories from high school or college with sine, cosine, or secant charts. Or maybe you just avoided it because it just sounded terrible. If you heard of it at all. Let’s make it really easy, though. Trigonometry simply means ‘measuring triangles’ and…

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The Expression of the Clay of Bandana, North Carolina

  Many years ago I was at a lecture about the artistic approach of Leonardo DaVinci and the speaker said that one of the things that Leonardo was passionate about was doing portraits when the sky was overcast and bordering on mist if at all possible. The speaker said that Leonardo wrote that it was…

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The Heartbreaking and Life Affirming Song of the Zebra Finch

  The research on playing music or singing to in utero fetus is wide ranging. The so-called ‘Mozart Effect’ seemed to point to the nearly-born as responding with bodily or tongue movement to classical music but less so with pop music. Anecdotally many tell stories of newborns falling asleep or becoming more easy to handle…

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The Stilt and the Cave: A Long History of Seeing the Animal and the Land in Southwestern France

The earliest examples of art we have in the world are either simple human figures, simple geometric patterns, hand prints, and human/animal hybrid sculptures. Or animals. The oldest painted art we have found in Europe comes from Southwestern France. The famed cave art from Lascaux and other caves are a wonder and about 20,000 years…

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The Hidden Phosphorus of Malawi

Malawi, once part of the Maravi Empire, is now one of the poorest countries in the world. This small nation in sub-Saharan Africa has over 50% of the population considered to be ‘very poor’ and 25% is considered “extremely poor’. How Malawi got poor is a long story and the short answer is colonialism under…

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If You Can Make A Basket, You’ll Never Go Hungry

A few years ago when I was at the Maine Common Ground Fair I was lucky enough to see a demonstration of traditional Passamaquoddy basketmaking by Gabriel Frey, a 14th generation Passamaquoddy basket weaver. I didn’t know it at the time but if you were a member of the Passamaquoddy people in Maine your understanding…

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Vanamuthassi: The Grandmother of the Jungle

Deep in the forest of Kallar in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala in Southern India lives a 77 year old woman named Lakshmikutty. She estimates that she knows how to make around 500 medicinal treatments from the plants near her hut. She learned most of them from her mother but she also claims that she learned many…

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