Category Archives: Stories

“Titty twister”

on May 4, 2022 in Doof, Fitness, Stories

What does unwanted body fat have to do with pollution? At my father’s eightieth birthday last year, I saw friend and coworkers of his I hadn’t seen since childhood. The first thing one of them said to me was that he remembered me as chubby. By today’s American standards, I may not have been, but I remember from my childhood my older stepbrother grabbing my nipples and the fat underneath[…] Keep reading →

Read about sustainability and me in a Korean-English magazine: 터치 매거진 4월호가 발행되어 보내드립니다.

on April 1, 2022 in Nature, Stories, Visualization

This morning I got an email: 안녕하세요, 봄비 촉촉히 내리는 4월 첫 아침입니다.터치 매거진 4월호가 발행되어 보내드립니다.아래 링크를 클릭하시면 터치 스토리랩 홈페이지와 4월호 매거진으로 이동합니다.지난 한 달 동안 저희가 열심히 준비한 다양한 컨텐츠를 읽어보시고 잠시나마 여유로운 시간이 되시면 좋겠습니다. 이번 달도 저희 터치 매거진을 성원해주시고 많이 읽어주시길 부탁드리며,건강하고 행복한 4월 되시길 바랍니다. 감사합니다. Which translates to Hello, It is the first morning of April when the spring rain is moist.[…] Keep reading →

Where I grew up, “a national model of racial integration”: Mount Airy, Philadelphia

on March 22, 2022 in Art, Education, Stories

I found an article in the Philadelphia Encyclopedia about Mount Airy, where I grew up, “a national model of racial integration, ” created through generations of conscious, deliberate work by residents, against opposing trends the article describes below, including white realtors trying to redline and black leaders trying to protect “blackness.” My mom, dad, and stepfather participated in several institutions promoting Mount Airy’s values mentioned in the article, especially West[…] Keep reading →

A Milestone: A Quarter-Million Views to My TEDx Talks

on February 22, 2022 in Stories

Yes, I check my TEDx talks now and then. Sometimes the comments refer to me or ask me questions. I’m curious. They say something about me. A while ago I noticed one cross 100,000. Another is getting close. Here are all four videos on one page. Here are the numbers: What everyone gets wrong about the environment (TEDxWaltham, November 2019) 114,298 views 444 upvotes Stop Suggesting Small Things. Do Meaningful[…] Keep reading →

One percent population growth, then and now

on February 10, 2022 in Nature, Stories, Visualization

Here’s an illustration I’ve meant to create for a while. Population growth when most of the Earth is unpopulated is different than when we’ve populated nearly every place we can. I think it tells a story, and an important one: growing our population today, even a small amount, affects the world very differently than when humans comprised a small fraction of life on Earth. Illustrations that prompted it Maybe you’ve[…] Keep reading →

How did King Solomon get called wise for proposing cutting a baby in half?

on February 5, 2022 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Humor, Stories

You know the story about the two women each claiming a baby was hers, where King Solomon says to cut the baby in half and the woman who says to let the other woman keep it must be the mother? Have you ever thought about this story? How has it become a model of wisdom? It fails at every level. First, are we supposed to believe a woman simply claims[…] Keep reading →

Read a provocative profile of me by Nancy Colasurdo

on February 2, 2022 in Nature, Stories

Award-winning journalist Nancy Colasurdo, who writes the Unfettered: The Power of Pure Expression blog, interviewed me for a profile of me and another executive leadership coach, Daniela Bryan. The piece is What Happened When I Talked Sustainability with Two Coaches (the same piece on Medium). You’ll find it provocative for the comparisons I make between pollution and historical atrocities others consider incomparable, but are smaller already, with the death and[…] Keep reading →

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