“It sounds weird,” says Deirdre Baker, “but studies have shown that children who have fathers who read are more likely to become readers.” She’s right. That does sound weird. Continue reading The stories of our youth
Inside the secret world of plants that kill …
“I am a naturalist within my own home, which, for various reasons, I seldom leave.”
by David Owen
Continue reading A Naturalist’s Notes
You likely haven’t heard of Summersett, which is too bad, because they are writing about you.
by Glen Herbert Continue reading Growing up
Matthew Perry opened Japan to trade, introduced the world to gunboat diplomacy, and was one of the first Americans to experience the sport of sumo wrestling. All without ever cracking a smile.
by Commodore Matthew Perry Continue reading Lost in translation
Living with intent may prove to be the coin of the year, bumping mindfulness out of the bestseller lists. Both, of course–and indeed all the other topics under “well-being” at the bookstore–are attempts at answering a question that has long been with us: How do we live better? Emerson didn’t pull any punches when he answered that question: buck up, love thy wood-chopper, and listen to the voices in the solitude. Journalling can’t help you now.
by Ralph Waldo Emerson Continue reading Ralph Waldo Emerson on living with intent
It’s discouraging to think that, since the Wizard of Oz was released as a feature film, the foremost image in North Americans’ minds of dwarfism has been the lollipop kids.
by Glen Herbert Continue reading Reading Disability
Elijah is 12 now, teetering on the cusp of the teen years. And his dad? Well, in some ways, he kind of is, too … Continue reading Checking in with Alternadad: A conversation with Neal Pollack
He might have been the father of natural selection, but Charles Darwin, first, was a father to his children.
by Glen Herbert Continue reading Doodling with Darwin’s children
Oz loves his freedom of speech, but isn’t so big on his oath to “first do no harm.” Continue reading The Dr. Oz Effect