A cancer survivor made the sympathy cards that would have actually made her feel better

And, sometimes nothing needs to be said, one’s quiet presence can be worth gold.

Charts: Baltimore’s health data are a picture of inequality

We live in the snow

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From the series ‘NomadsLife’ by Dutch photographer Jeroen Toirkens.

Since 1999 Toirkens has been following the lives of various nomadic tribes in Central Asia, Russia, Mongolia and the Arctic region. He discovered that globalisation, poverty and climate change are making it increasingly difficult for them to maintain their traditional way of life. With NomadsLife Toirkens creates a diverse and often poignant picture of nomadism in the 21st century.

In 1999 Jeroen Toirkens became fascinated by the nomad families high in Turkey’s Bolkar Mountains. He encountered the way of life of the Yörük, who were struggling with the pressures of a modernising Turkey. What were originally their nomadic pastures were being bought up by real estate developers, and many of the young people were departing for life in the cities. After that he visited other originally nomadic peoples who were encountering comparable problems. For instance, in 2005 and 2006 he and…

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Why does most communication today feel like being stuck in an episode of Three’s Company?

Three’s Company

It is common–almost cliché–for many of us human beings to blame numerous 21st-century technologies for frequent misunderstandings between people (i.e., general consensus tends to conclude text=bad, phone=good).

Ok. Accepted. So, then why does it seem like even proactively direct conversations via phone or in-person don’t result in increased understanding between people. In fact, to that end, why, today, does it still seem like the majority of in-person, face-to-face communication–while speaking the same language–and with both parties in agreement that they understood each other at the end of a conversation; why–even via this direct-as-you-can-get approach, more often than not, do we still find ourselves drowning in a sea of  misinterpretation, confusion, erroneous assumptions, disputation, mix-ups, illusions, wrangling, clashes, and conflict?

[I don’t know the answer, of course. I just feel the need to ask the question–and–until we all somehow improve this new norm, I find it helpful to seek out comic relief on the subject.

Sources of comic relief to ease the pain of the disintegration of communication today:

Here’s #1 via Comedy Central – Keegan and Jordan misunderstand the tone of each other’s text messages while trying to make plans.  http://youtu.be/naleynXS7yo

A rare, fascinating conversation that articulates the world we live in NOW–not 20 yrs ago

An unusual, astute, aware, accepting, authentic conversation between Seth Godin and Krista Tippett worth listening to and/or reading the transcript – over and over and over again.

http://onbeing.org/program/seth-godin-art-noticing-and-then-creating/transcript/5004

or | Download a printable transcript here |

They articulate and discuss the world we actually live in today, right now.

Versus, the mind-numbing, out-of-touch, wishful thinking of too many leaders in business, government, society, etc. today–for myriad [and understandably more desirable, comfortable] reasons–continue to choose to act as if we exist in the world we used to live in, instead of the world we are actually living in already [and have been for a while now and will continue to, whether we choose to accept it or not].

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss

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“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss

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