Not so complicated

Bits and pieces from across the internet about culture, the environment, study abroad, international education, and an occasional wildcard.

Working together to reduce food waste

Nifty use of social media to reduce food waste in the San Francisco area. It would be great to see this spread to other communities.

Bring back the beavers

Maybe it’s because I’m partial to woodland creatures but I am intrigued by the suggestion to bring back beavers to the UK countryside to help deminish the effects of flooding.

Little beaver in river

The Exceptional Pete Seeger

Highly recommendable 2006 profile of the great Mr. Seeger from the New Yorker. Make sure you go to beacause the NYer’s website only offers an intro to nonsubscribers.

Tomorrow: Global Life Link-Up

Cate over at Small Planet Studio is organizing a “Global Life” link-up on Friday, the 31st. “Link up to two of your own globally-themed blog posts. They don’t have to be from the current week but please, no products, promotions, events, social media profiles, etc.” Last month’s can be found here.





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Deep culture

Over at “Communicating Across Boundaries” guest writer Jody Fernando posted “More Than a Tourist: Living Deeply Across Cultures.” Fernando’s post introduces us to the ideas of Joseph Shaules about getting more deep into cultures. I particularly enjoyed reading about “Engagement” and “Language Learning.” More of Shaules’ work can be found here, including a generous sample of his new book. It all reminds me of Melibee’s “How to Meet People Abroad” series posts. In the series we have made a determined effort to advise visitors to new cities about ways to enact such engagement with the local communities and get deeper into the culture(s). We’ve discussed Seattle, Paris, Lebanon, Dublin, Rabat, London, and more.


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Dr. Woolf’s relfections on the meaning of community

An enjoyable read on what “community” means today, particularly with all the niche communities that are now at our fingertips. I disagree, however, that “If we have a sense of belonging to something, it tends to be independent of geography.” Part of what I often miss being abroad is interacting in the physical communities I know from the US, and some of my greatest joys here are when I feel a part of the geographical communities.

The American West

And speaking of geographically based communities, the managing editor at the High Country News has written about differing views on what the “American West” really is or should be. Reminds me of my Whitman class about the “New West” (before it was a semester long trip).

Wildlife habitats in US cities

Explains growing focus on efforts in US cities to provide a variety of follage specifically for wildlife. I wish they had included more information on this claim: “Urban ecology and urban wildlife programs are also proliferating on university campuses.” Nevertheless it is exciting to see positive action in cities since urban wildlife, particularly birds, are many people’s first and primary exposure to nature.

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