Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Why Instagram Is the Worst Social Media for Mental Health |

"Instagram is the worst social media network for mental health and wellbeing, according to a recent survey of almost 1,500 teens and young adults. While the photo-based platform got points for self-expression and self-identity, it was also associated with high levels of anxiety, depression, bullying and FOMO, or the "fear of missing out.""

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

The Guardian: Ed Sheeran quits Twitter after abuse from trolls

The Guardian: Ed Sheeran quits Twitter after abuse from trolls.

"Ed Sheeran has quit Twitter, citing overwhelming abuse from trolls.

The singer, whose album is the year's biggest seller worldwide with 8m copies sold in three months, told the Sun: "I've actually come off Twitter completely. I can't read it. I go on it and there's nothing but people saying mean things.""

Monday, June 19, 2017

Crews Blast and Burrow Through Snow to Open Yosemite’s Tioga Pass | The California Report | KQED News

""We're almost at the middle of June and we still have lots of passes that aren't open," said Florene Trainor, a spokeswoman for Caltrans.

Few roads traverse the Sierra Nevada, and mountain passes are typically open by Memorial Day.

The road that crosses the Sierra through Yosemite, Highway 120, remained closed this week as crews dig out from snows that topped 20 feet and drifted well over 50 feet.

On a recent day, the park's entrance station at 9,945-foot-high Tioga Pass was buried in snow."

Thursday, June 08, 2017

NYTimes: Comey’s Political Shrewdness Is on Display in Tussle With Trump

Comey's Political Shrewdness Is on Display in Tussle With Trump

"At every turn since his firing, Comey has played his hand perfectly, controlling the narrative and preserving his well-earned reputation for integrity and professionalism, while Trump has only made his situation worse every time opened his mouth or logged onto Twitter," said Dan Pfeiffer, who was a senior adviser to President Barack Obama."

Friday, May 26, 2017

At His Own Wake, Celebrating Life and the Gift of Death -

"No one knew what to expect from a living wake, not even Penny Allport, the life-cycle celebrant Mr. Shields had asked to help guide the party and preside over his death the next morning. She was trained and certified for funerals and weddings, but nothing like this.

Efforts had been made to convert what normally felt like a doctor's waiting room into a place worthy of the occasion. A pale green hospice blanket served as a tablecloth over two adjacent coffee tables, which were decorated with a vase of simple daisies and daffodils and strewn with cue cards, each of which bore one of Mr. Shields's favorite quotations in colored ink.

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" – Mary Oliver

"There is nothing more mysterious than destiny — of a person, of our species, of our planet, or of the universe itself." — Brian Swimme"

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Terrorist’s Teenage Target

"I know there is nothing I can say right now to make the survivors of the Manchester bombing feel any better. The guilt for me began the day of the blast. Seeing Liana's mother is especially painful. I see her looking at me and I know she is imaging her daughter at my age. But I would tell the survivors to stay strong and focus on your recovery. You have to be very strong to recover."

A Terrorist's Teenage Target