Showing posts from August 11, 2019

Biking with Butterflies

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.

By Sara Dykman

WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW, as I crawled through that ditch alongside a lonely Texas highway, was that a cop was racing to my rescue.

What I did know was that I was alive and well. More than alive, more than well. …

One Breath Around the World

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.

Bearing Witness: The Animal Dialogues

"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."

How to Fall in Love with Teaching Again

Before the new school year begins, teachers can think about what to do to refresh their love of teaching—both for themselves and for their students.

By Chase Mielke

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?

After tha…

Wild Mumbai

"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…

Why People May Be More Honest Than You Think

What happens when people find a wallet with money in it?

By Jill Suttie

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…

A Man Without Words: The Story of a Contemporary Miracle

"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 shares the…

Five Tips for Women Who Have Trouble Sleeping

Women tend to have more sleep problems than men, but there are ways to improve your sleep.

By Jill Suttie 

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: Living Without Regrets

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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