Monthly Archives: April 2012

Shadows, For Some: In Honor of Guillermo Fernández

Lately, I’ve been preoccupied with shadows. From Cha: An Asian Literary Journal: THE INVENTION OF DRAWING “Shadow is the stuff that art is made on, according to one legend about the origin of painting. The first portrait was created when … Continue reading

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Book Birthing is a Messy, Arduous Labor of Love

16 years ago, which was, scarily, nearly half of a lifetime ago for me, I visited Datong, China, in the country’s arid Shanxi Province. Datong was not only the most coal-polluted city I’d visited in my life (it has the … Continue reading

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Monkey Business

“Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” ~Joseph Campbell I saw this photo last week and it cracked me up. Definitely worth spending a minute perusing the … Continue reading

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Originally posted on INK-CHROMA:
From left to right, Biruté Galdikas, Jane Goodall, and Dian Fossey (image from National Geographic) Ok, we are going to do something a little different. Over the next three Sundays, Scientist Sunday will feature three scientists…

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A Not So Fashionable View of China’s Textile Industry

From today’s China Daily report about the environmental damages caused by China’s textile industry (a report cites massive abuses by brands such as Levi Strauss, Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Guess and Zara): The textile industry uses large amounts of water … Continue reading

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Dying Dolphins

The recent news that the corpses of a dozen endangered river porpoises were discovered in China’s Dongting Lake deeply saddened me, but even more sadly, did not surprise me. The finless porpoise has been threatened by environmental toxicity in China … Continue reading

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We Are Our Own Biggest Problem

When I was born, or so I am informed by this amusing application on the Guardian’s website, there were 4,349,083,096 people in the world. Late last year, the world’s global population reached 7 billion, which means that in my lifetime … Continue reading

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Originally posted on The Common Wanderer:
That most common of butterflies, the Monarch, is known in Australia as the Wanderer.  Immediately identified by its orange and black markings, it’s beloved for its beauty and overlooked for its commonness. *** In…

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Goodbye Strange World?

An MIT study conducted in 1972 predicted that the world’s economy (and with it industrial output, services, pollution, and the global population) would hit a disastrous peak in 2030 (read: economic distress of irreversible global proportions) and then recoil in … Continue reading

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I Really Don’t Know Clouds (or Much Else)

I laughed when, after returning home from a late evening stroll around my neighborhood, I noticed two emails I had sent myself from the walk—one entitled ‘moon’ and the other ‘things artists do.’ Both were reminders of insights I’d had … Continue reading

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