Bits and Clips for December 2018

Bits and Clips for December 2018

This is a monthly post on this blog featuring the best that I read, saw, or heard on the internet in the month. I hope you find something in the links and memes in this post that encourages you, challenges you, informs, you or inspires you.


PleinAir Podcast Episode 105: Richard McKinley on Painting Landscapes in Nature and More

Eight Leading Artists on How to Build Confidence

Comprehensive Guide to Gesso

Artistic Maps of Pakistan and India Show Embroidery Techniques of Each Region

The Truth About Fear: The One Thing That Affects Everything In Your Art

How to Start Painting: Zero to One

16 Ways to Make a Painting More Abstract


Squirrel Photos


Leave the rumination to the cows…

With Drugs or Without

36 Years Ago Today


The Major Thing

Julián Castro makes early move toward a 2020 White House bid

After 20 Tumultuous Months for National Parks and Public Lands, Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to Leave

Our Phones are Ruining Our Relationships

State of Being Stuck

Sandy Hook: Six Years Later Congress Should Finish What They Started

Questions To Improve Your Productivity

I’m a Developer. I Won’t Teach My Kids to Code, and Neither Should You.

How a refugee turned mayor seeks to transcend politics of divisiveness

A moral test at climate summit: What do rich nations owe poorer ones?

George H.W. Bush’s funeral was a powerful renunciation of Trump

Harvard Study Shows the Dangers of Early School Enrollment

Fight for Public Education

Giraffes just silently went to the list of endangered animals facing extinction

16 Charming Small Towns in Connecticut

I want you to Stop Recycling

Barbara and George H. W. Bush met at a Christmas dance: ‘It was a storybook meeting’

1,656 pages too long? Climate report coauthor Katharine Hayhoe has 3 takeaways.


61 amazing independent bookstores worth supporting this holiday season

How author Jarrett Krosoczka illustrates gratitude – on the page and in life

26 Children’s Books on Race, Racism, and Resistance

Here (with 2 Years of Exhausting Photographic Detail) Is How To Write A Book

How to Write a Book (video)

Ten Famous Memoirs



Spinach Mushroom Quiche

Green Shakshuka

Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth


Learning to Love Poetry: Read to Me

and Hope:

The European Union Just Voted To Ban Single-Use Plastics By 2021

15 Year Old Girl’s Speech at UN Climate Talks

In Armenia, a democratic revolution that no one noticed

The World’s Largest Ocean Cleanup Has Officially Begun


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