Bits and Clips for February 2016

Bits and Clips for February 2016


This “bits and clips” blog is a monthly feature that is a summary of much of what I though was worth seeing, reading, or listening to in this past month. For your convenience, they are divided by topic, so click on the links below and enjoy! I hope you find something inspiring, thought provoking, stimulating, helpful or interesting.


Famous Designers Show Us Their Favorite Notebook

9 Things That Happen When You Carry A Sketchbook With You Nonstop

Video time lapse: Drawing an Eye

Video: How to Stop Procrastinating About Your Art

Artist Jasper Johns on the Process Behind His Monotypes

Video: Jorge Barani Dances

Why Art Matters


Some National Geographic Unpublished Photos

46 Photos of Life at a Japanese Internment Camp, taken by Ansel Adams

At the Beach: Sand Grains Magnified


What Would Your Ten Commandments Be?

Science Lessons of the 9th Planet

Being is unfoldment

To Clasp Hands

All Is Mind and its Ideas

Introducing St. Valentine the Healer

Not in Spite of, but Because


Great idea? Here’s How to Make it Happen

First Steps (out of addiction/a mother’s point of view)

New Galaxies Hidden by the Milky Way

Video: Mind-bending Optical Perspectives

Standards, Grades And Tests Are Wildly Outdated, Argues ‘End Of Average’

Mohegan Medicine Woman Gladys Tantaquidgeon

Looking for Diamonds in the Rough

The Death of Justice Scalia: Reactions and Analysis

Video: Physics and Astrophysics

Mindfulness In Schools Is Giving Children The Vital Tools To Protect Their Mental Wellbeing

The First Four Things You Should Do Every Workday

Free-range education: Why the Unschooling Movement is Growing

Life’s Stories: Narrative Psychology

Rethinking College Admissions

How Spelling Keeps Kids From Learning

Why Children Still Need to Read and Draw Maps

Latin Phrases People Pretend to Understand

I Miss Barack Obama (written by a conservative)

Three Views of Marriage

Why Are So Many People Choosing Not to Vaccinate?

If Male Scientists were Written About Like Female Scientists

SCOTUS nominations in election years: What does history tell us?

Podcast: What does it Mean to be Courageous?

After Living in Norway, America Feels Backward. Here’s Why.

Masters of Love

What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren’t Getting)

How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off


11 Great Books That Will Make You Fall in Love with Reading

The 100 Books I’m Reading in 2016

We’re Doing Preschool All Wrong, Says New Book

13 Books I Can’t Wait to Read in 2016

Don’t Turn Away from the Art of Life

Indie Bookstores Are Back, With a Passion

Forget dog-earing and bookmarks that fall, make your own easy origami bookmark instead!

Favorite Last Lines


Ten Reasons to Embrace Mojo de Ajo Garlic Sauce

Your Parmesan Cheese Could be Wood

Newtown Resident Plans on Opening a European-Style Restaurant


Your Favorite Candy is to Lose its Artificial Colors

Better Idea Than a Boat?

Senate Confirms First-Ever Native American Woman As Federal Judge

He Broke the Law to Build a Better Nursing Home

Germany’s Fusion Reactor Creates Hydrogen Plasma In World First

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I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


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