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How TurtleCams are Enlisting Turtles to Protect their Ocean!

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Do you remember the viral video of the sea turtle with a straw stuck in its nose? It changed the way many people saw our ocean plastic problem. And now, the scientists behind that video are keeping the positive momentum going—this time turning to the turtles themselves for footage of how we can help make a difference! In 2015, the video of a scientist removing a plastic straw stuck in a sea turtle’s nose sparked a successful movement around the globe to reduce the use of single-use plastic straws. This left that scientist to wonder, how do we keep this wave of momentum going? For the answer, he decided to ask the turtles themselves! Using TurtleCams, endangered turtles are now showing us exactly where our efforts are needed most. By Sam Burns Read Article

The Beginner's Guide to the End

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If you knew that you were going to die tomorrow, would you still be holding on to those grudges? Have you healed the old wounds with people that you love in your life. These are questions that Shoshana Berger asked a captive audience after her book, "A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death" was published. Co-authored by BJ Miller, the book explores how we show up in our lives and acknowledge the truth that one day we won't be here. The authors, a former senior editor at Wired and a palliative care physician, each had their own experiences that reinforced just how precious our days and hours are. "We all die," Berger said. "If we talk about things openly, we tend to be less afraid. Read Article

Why We’re Unhappiest in Our Late 40s

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People all around the world experience a midlife decline in happiness, a new study suggests . Many people I know have experienced what is often jokingly referred to as a “midlife crisis.” Somewhere around the time their kids leave home or they find themselves in mid career, they start questioning the trajectory of their lives, wondering if they’re satisfied with their relationships, their jobs, their level of adventure, or their spirituality. By Jill Suttie A midlife crisis is actually no laughing matter. The difference between our expectations for ourselves and what life actually holds for us often leads to disappointment and, in some cases, despair. In fact, “deaths of despair” in midlife—by suicide, drug overdoses, and alcohol abuse—are on the rise, at least in the United States. According to new research , the United States isn’t the only place where midlife is so hard. Studying 132 countries around the world, labor economist and researcher David Blanchflower found stro

The Park Where Families Meet on the US-Mexico Border

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Suketu Mehta, Associate Professor of journalism at New York University, offers us a look at what family separation really feels like in his book, This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto. Do not miss his moving narrative of the Park of Tears, the patch of land between San Diego and Tijuana, where loved ones reunite across a mesh fence, poking pinkies through the holes to touch each other.  It has been the only place along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border where you could meet your family face-to-face across the border. Read Article

Three Ways to Boost Your Resilience as a Parent

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Take these steps to feel less overwhelmed. Self-care isn’t about being self-centered or selfish. If you’re a parent, taking time away from your usual schedule is one of the best ways to boost resilience and strengthen your capacity to nurture your children. By Parentandteen.com Too often parents are stressed by the demands of raising children—helping with homework, getting them to after-school activities, keeping track of doctor’s appointments. But being overwhelmed isn’t part of the job description. Give yourself permission to reduce stress and be happy—in whatever ways work for you. It will help you increase a mindset of resilience. Feeling overwhelmed is avoidable. If you’d like to take a step back but don’t know what to do, read on. Consider these strategies as a roadmap for your well-being. No, they don’t involve spending lots of money. These opportunities focus on what you can do at home right now or right in your neighborhood. 1. Change your perspective Let’s be

Meet the Tattoo Artist On an Inspiring Mission to Remove Hate

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Do you have all the same strongly held views you had 20 years ago? Probably not. But what if the uncomfortable signs of your former self were permanently part of you in the form of tattoos? Thankfully, there are tattoo artists like Billy Joe White spreading positivity in the world by helping people grow from their racist pasts. While tattoos can be beautiful representations of who people are, sometimes, they can also hold us back in the harmful ideologies of our former selves. So, this tattoo artist is doing what he can to help people grow from their hateful pasts, showing us it’s never too late to right a wrong and that even something permanent can be written over! By Sam Burns Read Article

The Nature of Gratitude

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The Nature of Gratitude is a portable program that has been exported to a variety of venues in communities committed to co-creating an atmosphere of gratefulness. The project also enlists participating artists from within those communities to share their gratitude in words and music. Read Article

Artists & Nature

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"Nature draws us out to explore, then gently sends us inward to reflect. Most often, we wind up feeling better as we gaze upon the moment-to-moment changes in the ocean, sky, mountain, desert, forest, meadow, or garden. We might be awed by the tiniest flower, bird, or insect, cheered by a profusion of color, intrigued by creatures looking for food or a mate, lulled by the incoming and outgoing tides, the rippling circles in a lake, or a babbling brook. As artists, how do we capture that experience? How do we translate it visually, acoustically, or tactilely?" Artist Mirka Knaster explores this question in this post that draws on examples from across the ages. Read Article

How Do Your Morals Shape Your Politics?

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A new study explores how your sense of right and wrong influences your attitude toward policies that seek to redistribute wealth in a society. By Zaid Jilani Today is Super Tuesday, 2020, when voters in 14 states and one U.S. territory will decide who will represent the Democratic Party in the race against the current president. One issue has dominated the primary debates: Why is wealth and power so skewed in America, and what can we do about it? As Senator Bernie Sanders said in the Nevada debate, “The problem is, as Dr. Martin Luther King reminded us, we have socialism for the very rich, rugged individualism for the poor.” These arguments aren’t new; they’ve raged for hundreds of years in the United States and around the world. Today, depending where you reside on the political spectrum, you may think, for example, that the rich simply have too much money and that it should be redistributed to the rest of the population, or you may think that the wealthiest in society earne

Does Your Culture Affect Your Motivation to Be Kind?

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A recent study suggests that kindness makes us happy across cultures—with some subtle differences . By Shanna B. Tiayon When you perform an act of kindness for someone, what’s your motivation? Do you think about how it will make the beneficiary feel, or how it will make you feel—or maybe you don’t think about the benefits at all? The answer might depend on what culture you belong to, hypothesized the researchers behind a new study . However, exactly how this works isn’t so cut and dried, as they found out when conducting experiments in the U.S. and South Korea—reminding us that we have a lot to learn about how kindness works in different cultures. The experiments included nearly 650 undergraduate students from public universities in the U.S. and South Korea. As the researchers explain, the U.S. is generally considered an independent culture, where individuals see themselves as autonomous and are more focused on individual rights, while South Korea represents an interdepende

Is Going Zero Waste Really Possible?

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Have you seen those people who can fit a year’s worth of garbage into a mason jar? Is that even possible? Meet a family that tried to live zero waste for a month and see how it went! Have you seen that crazy image of one year’s worth of garbage in a single mason jar? Yes—a person’s entire year of waste in a tiny jar. But how is this even possible? Is it even possible? Let’s meet a family that went on a mission for one month to see if it was. By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber Read Article

The Island's Only Taxi

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Eigg is one of four small islands off the coast of Scotland, populated by sheep, dogs, and 109 local residents. Charlie Galli drives the only taxi on the island. He moved here looking to find a slower way of life, and a community who place greater value on relationships and conversation than they do on their mobile phones. "Sometimes I think there's too much technology involved in life," he says. "It's not real --you're not meeting people, you're not grabbing their hand and shaking it. We're losing that power - the art of conversation." More in this engaging video. Watch Video

Stress and the Social Self

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"Relationships, Adrienne Rich argued in her magnificent meditation on love, refine our truths. But they also, it turns out, refine our immune systems. That's what pioneering immunologist Esther Sternberg examines in The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions--a revelatory inquiry into how emotional stress affects our susceptibility to burnout and disease." Maria Popova shares more. Read Article

A Funny-Looking Clam that’s Saving Communities!

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Can a clam help keep a culture alive? The impact the geoduck has had on the communities of the American Northwest goes even further, bringing together culinary experts, conservationists, and pallets around the globe! This intriguing mollusk is way more than just a delicacy on your plate! Deep—and I’m talkin’ deep—under the sandy shores of the Pacific Northwest lives a unique looking creature that’s attracting attention across the world. The geoduck may look a little funny, but this clam isn’t just any delicacy: it’s a ticket to survival for many! By Sam Burns Read Article

Davis Dimock: The Gift

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"A guy came here once from some outsider art magazine. He was taking pictures and he asked, "Do you do anything else?" So, I showed him some of my drawings. He said, "These are great. We could use these." I told him I didn't want them out in the world. It seems pretentious to think of myself as an artist. I think of artists as people who are going through the angst of creating stuff, and then the angst of getting a gallery to show the stuff, or sell the stuff. And I don't like capitalism. It's depressing. By just creating something on the land, my payment, my pleasure, is when other people spontaneously stop and look at it." Davis Dimock-- a self-described art laborer-- shares more in this riveting interview. Read Article