“[E]verybody has a tree they remember from being a child. It’s very common I meet somebody who remembers looking carefully at a tree, and being near it, and what it meant to them, et cetera. And I think one of the only interesting things about me is that I never lost that.” –Hope Jahren
When I heard geobiologist and author of “Lab Girl”, Dr. Jahren, say that in a PBS interview about her memoir and investigation into the lives of plants I thought challenge accepted! I asked myself what do I remember from childhood? I came up with three. Continue reading →
Maybe you’ve never gone to a film festival or none are in your town. Maybe you’ve never heard of filmmaker Byron Hurt and his work including Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes. Either way you’re in for a treat. Hurt focuses his lens on African American cuisine and its affects in the lives and health of the black community. Best of all it will be airing on PBS‘s Independent Lens, which showcases independent film. Since we’re talking about diets you should consider detoxing from big budget Hollywood affairs with some indies. Enjoy the preview below and check your local listings for when it airs here. Continue reading →
Recently, I watched the wildlife show, Nature, on PBS with my father in silence. The theme of the episode happened to be parents in the animal kingdom. We watched a lion pride make a living room out of the Serengeti grasslands. The father lion was the biggest and the head of the pride. His playful cubs sparred under his watchful eye. He was beautiful, strong, majestic, proud, patient, and protective. I always thought of my father that way. I didn’t say that though.
It was getting dark outside and most of the light in the room came from his TV. My Dad sat back in his recliner. The blanket I bought him was draped around his now very slender shoulders. Continue reading →
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