In light of the Vegas shooting, and the fact that coincidentally it is Mental Illness Awareness Week, I wanted to share this great Ted Talk about destigmatizing mental Illness.
We thought it would be fun to leave a couple of disposable cameras lying around. My sister-in-law, who is a photographer, took most of the pictures. Thanks, Dana!
I began about a year ago taking pictures of mushrooms at the Calvert Road Disc Golf Park in College Park, MD. It reignited my love for photography (even though I am just a pleb who is using a phone haha). I started to take pictures of anything that just struck me as odd, interesting, or beautiful. I was then struck one night by the beauty of "regular, everyday" moments that I experience in my house, as, I think, we all do. I have found my first two years here in Maryland to be very difficult, especially since I have started school last semester. As I have struggled to find new friends (though not anymore!) and new haunts, I have taken particular solace in these little moments at home. An everyday practice for me is being aware and intentional, and I am finding more of these moments as I continue my practice of awareness and intention. These are some of the pictures I have taken and they are not edited in anyway (I need to work on the exposure when I am outside, have a hard time seeing the screen...). I am hoping that over the next 3.5 years the changes in my comfort here, and perhaps some change of view, are chronicled in this photo documentary.
“One should use common words
to say uncommon things.”
- Arthur Schopenhauer, Philosopher
“One day I will find the right words,
and they will be simple.”
- Jack Kerouac, Novelist
(from The Dharma Bums)
“Any intelligent fool can make things
bigger, more complex, and more
violent. It takes a touch of genius--
and a lot of courage to move in the
- Ernst F. Schumacher, Economist
"Creativity is often associated with artists, poets and authors, but not necessarily with scientists and certainly not with practitioners. Yet, creativity is at the heart of good science and resource management. Scientists must think creatively about problems, use creative inventions to study them, and explore creative ways to interpret and communicate their findings. Practitioners must think creatively to solve environmental problems, use creative means to engage stakeholders and develop creative means of communicating to the public. Finally, virtue is an attribute that is perhaps the most essential element of both studying and solving problems. Although virtuosity is usually associated with moral values and societal interactions, it is actually an attribute that combines the wisdom of knowing what needs to be done with the courage to tackle the most difficult and seemingly intractable problems. In the words of the naturalist and scientist David Starr Jordan, ‘‘Wisdom is knowing what to do next, virtue is doing it’’ (Jordan, 1902)."
-Dennison WC 2008.
I felt I needed to post this because I think some of the problem with all of the climate, vaccines, and other controversies, and the growing anti-intellectual attitude in this country stems from this notion that scientists are not regular people. That we are antisocial, awkward, and unfeeling. That we only care about our work and have no "real" lives. I was astonished as a young undergraduate when a professor, from another lab, joined our meeting brought beer and said 'fuck' numerous times. Even I, who has always loved science and looks like a Trader Joe's employee, had entrenched this vision of stuffy, old people in my head when I thought about scientists. Some scientist are like that sure, but so are lots of non-scientists. Perhaps if we somehow humanized ourselves in the eyes of the public, they would trust us more. May be scientists should redefine ourselves as more of a civil servant, rather than a cold, data creating machine....
There are two types of microplastics: primary microplastics are manufactured to be of microscopic size, like microbeads from face wash; and secondary microplastics are pieces of plastics that have broke off from larger pieces of plastic, like a discarded soda bottle. Secondary microplastics are a big problem because plastics do not mineralize. This means that plastics do not break down like food would, they just break off into smaller and smaller pieces. So, any bottle, bag, or polyester shirt that is not removed from the environment eventually becomes microplastics. See the previous post and download the beat the microbead app and recycle!
Picture from http://www.beatthemicrobead.org/
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