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What’s in a name?

As a fish hugger (compare with tree hugger), I am always baffled at how people describe sea creatures as ugly. Who do we think we are that we can make value judgements about these extraordinary living neighbours of ours? Perhaps they’d rather be judged...

A thought about small talk

I came across a thoughtful article this morning on the art (and power) of small talk. As someone who facilitates group discussions, champions meaningful conversations and connections, and spends a great deal of time thinking about creating respectful gatherings, I...

A recipe for cremation

Barlow Bonsall, Cook @ 1700 to 1800 degrees for 2 to 3 hours This is the text of a tattoo surrounded by a yellow and orange flame. It belongs to Army veteran and cancer survivor Russell Parsons, who was quoted in NBC News as saying, “It’s a recipe for cremation.”...