Occasionally during meetings one of my staff â€“ an avid birder â€“ will elbow me and Iâ€™ll look up and glimpse a bald eagle.Â Each time, I am in awe.Â I live in Washington State, which is home to a plethora of eagles, where pods of Orca ply the waters near the San Juan Islands, […]
The childhood mythos that I grew up describes a humanity driven from a great garden by the weight of our sins.Â As an adult, I have come to believe the opposite:Â our sins are driving us to become gardeners.Â While I far prefer to imagine a world where humans are simply a harmonious part of
The Internet allows for true outpourings of attention and emotional resonance from time to time. Â You can see this in viral videos about cats or dictators, in books or movies that seem to suddenly spring from nothing into the zeitgeist, and in real-life dramas. Two days ago, a well-known and respected dog-trainer was involved in
eBooks may be changing print books in interesting ways. eBooks give me a predictable experience. Â I know how a book will look on my Nook or my iPad and I know that I’ll be able to read it comfortably there. Â Think of it like Starbucks, where I know I’ll get a decent cup of coffee.
My newest column up Â Futurismic.com talks about the economy, space, and the future we may be creating (or not) out there. Yes, I’m excited about the Mars rover. Â But I want more. Drop by Futurismic and take a look at Long Term and Long Distance Thinking. Â And just as a reminder of what we can’t
The strangest things happen to writers. Â This morning, I woke up with an essay in my head: I gave a talk to a bunch of eighteen and nineteen year-old students at the University of Washington earlier this week.Â None of them were old enough to remember a pre 9/11 world.Â They have never traveled without