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Jun 10

June 10, 2017

Plate 72 from Ernst Haeckel’s Kunstformen der Natur (1904), depicting a grove of mosses.

The Minimalist Genius of Moss

Lost to the cracks, roots of trees, shadowed rock faces, moss is the settler of shady nooks and crannies, hidden in plain sight, carpeting surfaces all around the globe, including the arctic poles. They live where no other plants seek to live, creating homes on seemingly inhospitable, soilless surfaces. And they are far more remarkable than you know…

Posted in Science

Aug 13

August 13, 2014

The Angry Sea, James McNeill Whistler, 1884.

In Praise of the Pacific

Staring out into the endless blue water of the Pacific can be both alluring and frightening, especially when I remember that humankind descended from ancient creatures who managed to survive and evolve in that salty, fluxing, fierce, and deep expanse.

Posted in Psychology, Science

Apr 11

April 11, 2014

In Central Park New York, Maurice Prendergast

Flaneur: The Freedom of Wandering

The towns and cities we live in are ripe for re-discovery. And if any word can act as an invitation to re-enliven your experience of the urban landscape, then “flâneur” is it.

Posted in Sociology

Apr 3

April 3, 2014

Rocky Mountains, Jessie Huffaker, 2014

Living the Life of a Modern Nomad

It’s been almost three years since I graduated from college and my partner and I sold nearly all our belongings. It wasn’t easy at first to let go of the furniture, kitchen appliances, and random doodads and trinkets that somehow always manage to accumulate when you live in one place for a while. But the giving up of stuff made room for something better: unfettered travel.

Posted in Psychology

Mar 28

March 28, 2014

"Surviving without a cell phone" google search results detail

Surviving Without a Cell Phone: Why Yes!

When I first tell people that I don’t have a phone they respond initially with a blank stare, followed by a series of quick questions, as if my lack of phone results from some possible mental defect or extremist ideology.

Posted in Psychology