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Joan Wulf: Special Topics in Elemental Physics

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 03.09.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

In both style and substance, Joan Wulf's artistic practice exists at a poetic nexus of nature and science. Her art has stemmed largely from her observations of the environment, both as an independent, self-governing system of matter and energy, and as an interdependent context for a range of cultural, scientific, philosophical, and industrial human activity.

Men in Skirts

Greg White | Posted 03.03.2015 | Style
Greg White

Men love to strike bold poses. Pants constrict that. That time Angelina Jolie stuck her leg out of her dress, like a kickstand, I said, "Wow, there's someone in charge." I'd be a more effective leader if I could confidently pop my legs two feet apart to begin a business meeting.

Overwhelmed By Your Life? Perhaps It Is Time to Simplify

Melissa Heisler | Posted 02.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Heisler

If you had millions of dollars, what would you do? Buy an expensive house and car? How about a used van and park it by the ocean? That is exactly what...

3 Proven Moves to Accomplish Your Top 10 2015 Goals

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

Last in the series: 8 Moves to Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet* For 35 years I've set my top 10 annual goals, and the results have been extraordinary. ...

The Heart of the Matter: Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking

Sezin Koehler | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Sezin Koehler

Part artist manifesto, part confessional, part feminist memoir: Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help is a thoughtful treatise on the spectrum of giving and receiving help from others, in whatever shape that may take.

Dennis McNally Revisits Highway 61 (and Beyond)

Joanna Colangelo | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
Joanna Colangelo

In his new book, On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom, McNally reminds us of who he is at his truest core -- and that is, one of the finest cultural historians of our time.

When Social Kills

David Sable | Posted 12.06.2014 | Business
David Sable

My fear is that we are beginning to look at our personal technology as a totem. The kind of totem that people once thought (and some still do) protected them from bullets or arrows or bears -- bottom line: an unnatural death.

A Whole New -- And Necessary -- Way To See Your Messy House

Glennon Melton | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

In terms of parenting, marriage, home, clothes -- I will not be a slave to the Tyranny of Trend any longer. I am almost 40 years old and no catalog is the Boss of Me anymore. I am free.

From Walden Pond to Wilderness: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

Despite the success of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, America is not benefiting from its full potential. The law allows for $900 million to be used each year. Only rarely have annual funding levels approached that amount despite it being only a fraction of the billions oil companies pay in in royalties.

Daily Meditation: Start Living

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The New SDS: What Every Young Person Needs to Know About Its Past

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

In 1965, Carl Oglesby assumed leadership of the student-activist organization SDS. This change reflected what I believe was an ideological shift in America's left wing: from the East Coast intellectual tradition to the New Left emerging from the Midwest.

The Power of Solitude

Mark Matousek | Posted 07.07.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

My lonely cabin was like my mind, a prison cell full of screeching monkeys. No equilibrium anywhere. Although I was alone, there was no solitude.

Resurrecting the Real You: Spring 2014

Luann Robinson Hull | Posted 06.25.2014 | Women
Luann Robinson Hull

How much of our moods and attitudes are dependent on weather conditions (and other stuff)? For example, I visited Central Park in NYC a couple of weekends ago. There was barely a square inch left un-occupied on that sunny, spring afternoon. "The New York state of mind" was mellow, light, and breezy -- not always an attitude associated with the typical New Yorker.

Beyond Boston: A Road Trip to Concord and Lexington

WHERE | Posted 06.17.2014 | Travel
WHERE

Unlike Paul Revere, you don't need to look to Boston's Old North Church for two lanterns to see that you should hit the road for Concord and Lexington, Mass.

Carnival Quarters, Pastures to Parks

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 05.22.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

In the 10 states I worked carnivals this last year, I lived on the border of Chugach National Forest in Alaska and in a cow pasture outside Chicago with 40 Black Angus cows and a big, dirty bull.

Writing off the SAT

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 05.11.2014 | Comedy
Rob Hiaasen

I don't mean to be disdainful or rancorous. But can't you empathize or at least compromise? Wouldn't it have been more prudent and less impetuous to maintain the essay requirement so that precocious, novice students stand a chance to exhibit their resiliency and aesthetic?

Spirituality and Surfing

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

In the ocean and life, we more often fail to launch ourselves because of our ideas about perfection than anything else. You think maybe the next wave will be better and let the current one pass you by.

Paul Auster on Poe, Pynchon, and 'Boy Writers'

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 03.29.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

As someone who aspires to fit into Auster's definition of "boy writer," I'm wondering if he might extend his coinage to include "girl writers" as well. Who are they among women, the creative sparks, the gleeful, the ones who make you want to read?

Growing Up With Nelson Mandela

John K. Herr | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
John K. Herr

Nelson Mandela deserves a place of honor with the dissidents and dreamers who knocked down the Berlin Wall and defeated the Soviet Union. And I am honored to have grown up watching it happen.

Life Lines Cut Path to Rides

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 01.26.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

I need to sell my year in traveling carnivals to an agent or publisher, I could use these winter months to track down leads and write that book.

Trespassing - An Ode to the Catskill Mountain Autumn

Steven Kurlander | Posted 11.30.2013 | New York
Steven Kurlander

Autumn in the Catskills is forever distinguished by the vivid aura of the wooded lands that define the vast number of forgotten back roads and trails in the mountains.

Why I Write: My Subject Chose Me

Lindsey Mead | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

As I pull it back out from memory and turn it over in the light of my thoughts, words and sentences plumb what I learned or felt in the moment.

Damn the Writers

Owen Egerton | Posted 09.09.2013 | Books
Owen Egerton

We have traded in the bars and bullfights for university jobs and Netflix. We sink into credit card debt awaiting publication, then find the advance won't cover the monthly interest.

Gothic Street Art Invades Rural Michigan

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 07.10.2013 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

The corporate art project known as hygienic dress league (HDL) has discovered the great rural iconic barn side as billboard and has started to mess wi...

In the Shit With Thoreau: A Walden for the Anthropocene

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 08.30.2013 | Green
Jedediah Purdy

Reading Walden through Anthropocene eyes, insight and appreciation of nature seem to emerge from, even require, rupture and profanation. Maybe these are unavoidable parts of an appreciative relation to the world. Maybe the imperfect has always been our only paradise.