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"Terance Perine, Austins father, said his son decided to help the homeless on a weekly basis after watching a show on Animal Planet in which a panda left her cubs alone. "And I said, 'Well, I guess it's going to be homeless for a while,'" Perine told local station WPMI. "And he said, 'Are people homeless?' and I said, 'Yeah, some of them.' And he asked me to take him to see a homeless person." Father and son then bought food for some homeless people, and Austin enjoyed it so much that he made it a regular thing, spending his weekly allowance on food for people on the street."
Posted: May 24, 2018, 7:00 am
Posted: May 23, 2018, 7:00 am
Charlotte Du Cann is part of the core editorial team behind The Dark Mountain Project. In this essay, she describes The Dark Mountain Project and their new offering, Walking on Lava. The Dark Mountain Project is a collective body of work by recovering journalists who have faced the reality of our current ecological crisis and are producing narratives that look at things differently than the mainstream. It is a creative network that digs beneath the surface of capitalism to reclaim the voice and body that has been suppressed. The writers and artists who make up this group have produced a new work called Walking on Lava. It showcases contrasting voices and genres structured around "the wild places" where artists and writers, awake to the questions faced in catastrophe, are "forging another story," one of depth, wild places, and struggling hearts.
Posted: May 22, 2018, 7:00 am
"Last fall Alan Jacobs published a slim book with a bold title: How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds. Jacobs is a professor of English literature, but in this book he joins a growing chorus of social psychologists who warn that enlightenment anthropology -- what Jamie Smith memorably calls the "brains-on-a-stick" model of human persons -- falls woefully short of reality. Rather, as people like Daniel Kahneman and Jonathan Haidt have shown, our bodies -- our senses, emotions, and intuitions -- shape and direct our reasoning."
Posted: May 21, 2018, 7:00 am
By not giving ourselves the minutes -- or hours -- free of devices and distractions, we risk losing our ability to know who we are and what's important to us, says physicist and writer Alan Lightman. In this piece he outlines the direness of the problem and offers ideas for how it can be addressed.
Posted: May 20, 2018, 7:00 am
"There's still a bit of misunderstanding about what we do," says Mary O'Brien, "When we meet with site stewards, conservation managers and scientists they're often like, "We're going to meet with an artist? Whats that all about?" The work of environmental restoration artists Daniel McCormick and Mary O'Brien is nearly always an uphill struggle, but they're passionate. They've acquired knowledge across several scientific disciplines. "We had a little project in New Orleans on an island that kept disappearing. That's how fast it changed in just one generation. The government said, "You know, theres 130 people in this village. We can't spend 13 million putting up another concrete barrier for them. That's politics. And that's erosion, too. It never sleeps."
Posted: May 19, 2018, 7:00 am
Witness the beautiful fabric woven by traditional weavers in Toraja, Indonesia, and learn how their collective is working to bring economic independence to the weavers while preserving weaving as part of their cultural heritage. The social enterprise, Torajamelo, transforms the lives of these weavers, offering scholarships for their children and grandchildren and health insurance for themselves and their families so that they can continue making their beautiful creations while still caring for their families and farms.
Posted: May 18, 2018, 7:00 am