Bits and Clips for July 2016

Bits and Clips for July 2016

bits and clips

This “Bits and Clips” post is a monthly feature on this blog of the best I read, saw, or listened to on the internet during the month. I hope you find something here inspiring, thought provoking, helpful, motivating or fun. Subjects are separated by category for your convenience:


12 Historic Women of Abstract Expressionism

Our Creative Nature (SPARK video)

Rita Kirkman’s A is for Angelfish

Rita Kirkman’s D is for Dolphin

Duncan Martin Debuts National Parks Paintings at Schoodic Institute

Stone Walls and Art

Neltje Painting (video)

The 12th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest

In the Studio with Krista Harris (video)

Krista Harris 2012 (video)


Portrait of America at the Crossroads

55 Photos by Obama’s Official Photographer


Powerful Prayer for Dallas and the Nation

Erasing Violence from the Headlines

Face the Foe (short podcast)

Fearless Success (short podcast)

Steep Cost of Hate Completely Erased by Love

A Place in the Choir (music video)


Why You Think You Are Right Even if You Are Wrong (TED Talk video)

My Child is Gifted and I Can’t Talk About Him

Obama’s Speech at the Dallas Police Memorial (video)

Stuck or Growing: When Your Adult Child Returns Home

The Theology of Donald Trump

In Praise of Scruffy Hospitality

A Defense of Hillary Clinton

How to Raise Brilliant Children According to Science

19 Intelligent Jokes

Are We on the Path to Ruin?

10 months, 45 National Parks, 11 Rules

What “the Pursuit of Happiness” Means

Why Good Storytellers are Happier in Life and Love

Redefining American Patriotism

How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become

Why People Become Terrorists


Why Calvin and Hobbs is Great Literature

Movies and Poetry:

10 Movies for Poets


Greek Zucchini Salad with Crumbled Feta

Crunchy Zucchini Fritters with Avocado Dill Dip

What We Love to Eat is a Scam


New Sandy Hook School Reflects Innovative Elements

Michelle Obama’s Speech at the Democratic Convention (video)

Bill Clinton’s Speech at the Democratic Convention (video)

President Obama’s Speech at the Democratic Convention (video)

Hillary Clinton’s Speech at the Democratic Convention (video)

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