Bits and Clips for February 2017

Bits and Clips for February 2017

bits and clips February 2017

This is a monthly feature of the best that I read, saw, or heard on the internet this month.

And although this list is rooted and grounded in my perspective, please know that I am respectful of views that are different from mine as well. I share here my own perspective without reservation, because I believe in authenticity and transparency, as well as mutual respect. Still, I know that differing perspectives are often equally important, and that every stripe is desperately needed right now! Please know you are loved even if we disagree.

So even though some of this is quite challenging, I hope you find something here that is interesting, thought provoking, helpful, encouraging, motivating or inspiring. Check out these links below:


How I Became 100 Artists (TED Talk video)

Streams by Joan Levy Hepburn (video)

Museum removes every piece of art created by immigrants

Bringing Beauty Back: A National Exhibition

Edmonia Lewis chiseled a path for minorities into the art world


An Indecision of Weather

Yellowstone Forever Photo Contest (video slide show)


When Faced with Anger, Choose Love

No Labels, No Limits

Why we need more “spiritual geniuses,” according to public radio host Krista Tippett

On Faith Healing

The Provocative Faith of Lady Gaga

Prayers for Refugees

Preaching from the Pews

59 Percent of Millennials Raised in a Church Have Dropped Out—And They’re Trying to Tell Us Why

Pope suggests it’s better to be an atheist than a bad Christian

Ideas (Other):

March for Science Has Set it’s Date: Earth Day

Valentine Crafts for a Snowy Day

10 Ways to Search Google for Information That 96% of People Don’t Know About

Grande Lattes, Treason, and the Universal Sign for Empathy

Spread Love and Understanding instead of putting People in Boxes (video)

A Pediatrician Just Laid Out How to Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse—And She’s Begging You to Listen

It Seems to Me: What young women may not know

All six of America’s 2016 Nobel Prize winners are immigrants

Opening Your Car Door Like the Dutch Do Can Save Cyclists’ Lives

A mathematician has created a teaching method that’s proving there’s no such thing as a bad math student

All You Need is Love

The fight against fake news is putting librarians on the front line – and they say they’re ready

Oprah Winfrey Joining 60 Minutes as a Special Contributor

The Real Problem with Hypocrisy 

4 Problematic Statements White People Make About Race — and What to Say Instead

Meet 12 Badass Scientists…Who Also Happen to be Women

11 Quotes from Difference Makers

To She Who Persists

Ideas (Political):

How to Build an Autocracy

Why Nobody Cares the President is Lying

To Obama with Love, and Hate, and Desperation

It’s Time We Stop Calling Donald Trump a Christian

Mr. President: ‘Just who the hell do you think you are?’

I was a Muslim in Trump’s White House

Surge in Young Women Planning to Run for Office

Fox New’s Shep Smith “goes all in on” Trump (video)

What Trump is Doing is Not Ok

Poor Suffering Trumpsters

“The Environmental Protection Agency will Terminate on December 31, 2018”

‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’ and the Age of the Weaponized Meme

Do These 10 Things, And Trump Will Be Toast

A blueprint for resistance to Trump has emerged. Here’s what it looks like.

99 Ways to Fight Trump

This is Where I Stand: I will not Work Together

Women’s March organizers announce date for general strike

Don’t Burn Out or Numb Out: On Pacing Myself for Long-Haul Resistance

Great Post From Michael Moore


Can Reading Make You Happier?

‘A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea’ is the stunning tale of a Syrian refugee

Bookstore Recommends Romantic Reads For Valentine’s Day

Maine author-illustrator Ashley Bryan named a 2017 Newberry honoree


Watch full film for a limited time: Maya Angelou: Still I Rise

Blind Vaysha: a recommended short


Bright, lively, springlike: Pan-seared salmon with parsley lemon sauce

10 Ideas on How to Use Fresh Turmeric Root in Cooking

Recipe: Ina’s Outrageous Brownies (video)


Snow in the Suburbs (a Thomas Hardy Poem)


Sweden’s Recycling is so Revolutionary They Have Run Out of Trash

Scientists may have cracked the code of metallic hydrogen

Flower Solar Power Produces a lot of Energy

Almost all girls were cut in her Ethiopian village. Not anymore, thanks to her.

The Gates Foundation Plans To Give Birth Control To 120 Million Women Worldwide By 2020

Massachusetts’ 100% Clean Energy Bill

Stephen Colbert shocks South Carolina schools by funding every single teacher-requested grant

Latin America leads the way in clean energy

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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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