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Imagine if you could see the world through the eyes of a butterfly. What
would you notice? In this beautifully woven piece, Sara Dykman explores
the life cycle of the monarch through recounting her 10,201-mile
bicycle journey from Mexico to Canada and back, intimately acquainting
herself with newly hatched caterpillars and milkweed-nibbling monarchs.
"Though people would gasp each time I told them what I was doing, it was
the monarchs who deserved applause. I was merely a cyclist, with maps
and grocery stores and a staggering amount of hospitality shown to me,
giving scale to the magnitude of the monarchs' greatness." Read on to
learn more about this nature enthusiast's close encounters and the
intricate beauty of the monarch's migration.
Guillaume Nery can hold his breath underwater for more than seven
minutes, dive more than 126 meters without air and has run on ocean
floors around the world. He is a professional freediver, meaning he
dives without breathing apparatus. The sport of freediving is dangerous,
but Guillaume Nery and Julie Gautier's film makes it seem peaceful and
serene. The film shows non divers a new way of interacting with water -
walking, running, jumping, flying. The idea for this film came about
when Nery was thinking about those who trek continents by foot. He
wanted to do something similar but take viewers on an underwater journey
across the globe. His wife, Julie Gautier, who was involved in filming,
was also on breath hold.
"It was a fortuitous flip to the essay on pronghorns that persuaded me
to pick up Craig Childs' The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in
the Wild. In each intimately wrought tale on antelopes, hawks, and
red-spotted toads, I found a writer and translator more versed in the
tongues of the non-human world than I will ever be. Childs honors the
weight and magnitude of his encounters with creatures large and small,
preserving the distance and mystery that comes with each meeting. He
strives to convey in words what cannot be expressed in words, and in
each essay I see one who does what I wish to do myself: To connect with
respect, to speak for the voiceless, to bear witness to life and death
in their eternal splendor."
For eight years, I had loved my job as a high school teacher, approaching my work with passion and integrity. But I had just interviewed to be a curriculum developer for a furniture company and was considering quitting teaching. That was the moment when I asked myself: How had this happened?
My pending attrition was not uncommon. A 2016 report on teacher shortages cites that after five years, 46 percent of teachers either move to new positions or quit teaching, often because of overall job dissatisfaction, loss of autonomy, and lack of feedback. I found myself about to become a statistic because of these and many other reasons.
Teachers, maybe you’ve been in this situation, too. Even if you haven’t considered giving up teaching, you might be feeling drained, impatient, burned out, or dispassionate. So, what do you do?
"Every night for the past eleven years, Rajesh Sanap and Zeeshan Mirza
have spent the post-dinner hours combing the woods behind their homes.
Like restive sprites, the young men skirt ponds, bash through spiky
hedgerows, upturn rocks, shake up leaf litter, and thread through dirt
trails hairy with undergrowth. In the course of their nocturnal
walkabouts, they've found about a dozen arachnids, including two that
are entirely new to science: a rangy, amber-hued scorpion and a compact,
ashen tarantula with lean limbs covered in white fur. A few years ago,
they totted up all the living creatures they'd encountered, which they
began observing as inquisitive teens and continue to record as full-time
conservation biologists: 76 species of birds, 86 moths and butterflies,
13 amphibians, 46 reptiles, and 16 mammals. Not a bad haul for some
backwoods. It's positively profligate when you consider just where these
backwoods are located: Aarey Milk Colony, as it's…
Imagine you lost your wallet on the street. Do you think the person who found it would try to return it to you or just keep the money for themselves?
If you’re like most (or if you’re an economist), you probably think people would keep a wallet full of cash—after all, “Finders keepers, losers weepers,” as they say. But, according to a new study, you would be wrong—because you aren’t accounting for the psychological motives that promote honest behavior.
In this study, published in Science, researchers employed collaborators in over 350 cities around the world to pose as tourists. They entered public places (like post offices, police stations, and museums), turned in a “found” wallet to an official working there, and left quickly, saying that they hoped the official could take care of finding the owner.
Each wallet contained a clear ID with an email address, a grocery list written in the local language (suggesting the ow…
"When I met this man he was twenty-seven years old. Because he didn't
know there was sound, because he didn't know he was deaf, he didn't know
there was hearing and deafness. He studied lips and mouths. He knew
something was happening. He's a very smart man. He'd be staring at lips.
He'd stare at your mouth and he'd stare at this person's lips and he
thought he was stupid. He thought he was stupid because he thought we
had figured this mouth-movement stuff out visually...One of the things
that attracted me to him more than anything else--the intelligence in
his eyes caught my eye--but more than that, he hadn't given up. I can't
imagine going twenty-seven years thinking I was stupid and watching
mouths. The most frustrating thing I can imagine. He didn't know what
language was. He didn't know what sound was, but he knew something was
happening and he wanted to know what that something was." Susan Schaller
A lot of my women friends have trouble sleeping. For some, it started when they had their first child, and constant night feedings threw their sleep patterns out of whack. For others, menopause arrived with hot flashes that wake them up in the middle of the night. Still others have been troubled by worries about work, relationships, or societal issues that keep their minds spinning at night.
Although women are not the only people who have problems sleeping, they do experience some unique issues—most notably, hormonal changes that occur during their lifespans. More women are at risk for insomnia than men, and up to 11 percent of women have insomnia that becomes unremitting, requiring treatment.
Not surprisingly, these sleepless nights make us stressed and unhappy. Research shows that sleep loss hurts our work, mood, relationships, health, safety, and more. While an occasional sleeple…
Bronnie Ware is an author and speaker whose bestselling book, The Top
Five Regrets of the Dying, is based on her time as a palliative care
worker. In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Bronnie outlines these
five major life regrets with Tami Simon and discusses the experiences in
end-of-life care that inspired them. Bronnie explains how most regrets
arise from a lack of courage and why people are willing to share so
openly during their last days. Tami and Bronnie speak on the healing
power of sharing our most vulnerable selves, even if it's in a letter
that we never send. Finally, they talk about maintaining trust in the
flow of life and why happiness is ultimately a choice.
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