Friday, April 27, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Chchchch changes

This majestic lynx was captured by motion-sensitive cameras on a highway overpass built to give wildlife a safe way to cross the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park.

Since 1996, more than 200,000 wolves, bears and cougars have used this overpass.
More here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What I Expected Was

For I had expected always
Some brightness to hold in trust,
Some final innocence
To save from dust;

What I Expected Was
- Stephen Spender

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Not even poets

"Nobody has ever measured, not even poets,
how much the heart can hold."
- Zelda Fitzgerald

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

Why storytellers lie

The Atlantic's Maura Kelly examines Jonathan Gottschall's argument that storytelling's deceptions emerge from deeply human needs: When we tell stories about ourselves, they also serve another important (arguably higher) function: They help us to believe our lives are meaningful. "The storytelling mind"—the human mind, in other words—"is allergic to uncertainty, randomness, and coincidence," Gottschall writes. It doesn't like to believe life is accidental; it wants to believe everything happens for a reason. Stories allow us to impose order on the chaos.

And we all concoct stories, Gotschall notes—even those of us who have never commanded the attention of a room full of people while telling a wild tale. "[S]ocial psychologists point out that when we meet a friend, our conversation mostly consists of an exchange of gossipy stories," he writes. "And every night, we reconvene with our loved ones ... to share the small comedies and tragedies of our day."

More here.