Weekly Meanderings, 14 March 2015

The most beautiful libraries in the world: Libraries are generally underrated as places to take some rare time out, sit for a while, read a book and admire the often stunning architecture. But French photographer Franck Bohbot has taken it upon himself to travel the world in search of some of the most beautiful book havens out [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 7 March 2015

Nice place for a sabbatical morning walk. Let’s kick it off with this: Should NCAA basketball be reduced to a one-semester sport? So says Jamie Zaninovich: We’re at a point in college basketball where the trend lines aren’t positive. Attendance is down. So is scoring. The regular season is facing a relevancy issue. The quality [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 28 February 2015

I’m in Portland today speaking at the ReGeneration conference with my good friend Dan Kimball. Murray Watson’s helpful perspective on how major religions read their own “texts of terror”: In a column for Salon earlier this month, “Faith-fueled forces of hatred: Obama’s religion speech was troubling — but not for the reasons the right alleges,” [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 21 February 2015

Hani Abdel Messihah: (by Sophia Jones) Hani loved his four children — three girls and a boy, the youngest — more than anything in the world, his family says. He was gentle and kind, always making a joke whenever he could. His wife Magda Aziz, 29, will forever remember his laugh. “I felt like he [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 14 February 2015

Fear and memory, by Leslie Evans Ogden: The experience inspired McKinnon, now a clinical psychologist, to study what trauma does to the brain – how it changes what we remember and why some people experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In recent years, she and a number of other researchers have been trying to understand [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 7 February 2015

It is cold in many parts of the world today, but none as cold as the coldest town on earth, Oymyakon, and Amos Chapple’s photo piece tells the story. (Chapple’s a Kiwi, by the way.) Meet Malcolm Butler. Meet James Robertson, 21 mile per day commuter by foot: But as he steps out into the [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 31 January 2015

Education is more than for the brain, by Aleta Margolis As an educator for the past 25 years, I’m delighted that our national conversations about teaching and learning are beginning to recognize that excellent instruction engages students intellectually, emotionally, and physically. We’ve come a long way in our understanding of the development of young minds. Yet despite research proving the [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 24 January 2015

Fun news story by Rachel Feltman: When temperatures drop and frost hits, only the heartiest of veggies are equipped to survive. And for many of them, the adaptation that keeps them from dying in the cold also makes them sweet and delicious. In the above video, UCLA biochemist Liz Roth-Johnson explains how this works for the [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 17 January 2015

Do you need to know what a “flat white” is? Here’s the skinny. Jews leaving France. Jews are fleeing France. Rocked by anti-Semitic violence, most recently when Islamists took hostages at a kosher grocery in Paris Friday, the half-million Jews of France are leaving in droves, according to a British journalist. What if Charlie Hebdo had [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 10 January 2015

Back to the land/farm movement: America’s heartland is graying. The average age of a farmer in the U.S. is 58.3 — and that number has been steadily ticking upward for more than 30 years. Image credit Overall, fewer young people are choosing a life on the land. But in some places around the country, like [Read More...]