Vol. 15 Iss. 41

Volume 15 Issue 41 - 11/02/2007

Editorial – Of Rights and Rites

As the old saying goes, life imitates art. But the line between the two can be hazier than a Monet, as a debate over a Maori artifact proves. The item in question is a human head; specifically, the mummified, tattooed head of a Maori warrior that has been part of a French museum’s collection since… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – For Your Consideration

DVD: For Your Consideration Release date: February 20, 2007 Director: Christopher Guest. Written by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy Starring Catherine O’Hara, Ed Begley Jr., Bob Balaban, Michael McKean, Eugene Levy, Harry Shearer, John Michael Higgins, Christopher Guest, Parker Posey, Rachael Harris, Jennifer Coolidge, Chris Moynihan, Fred Willard, Jane Lynch The movie opens with a… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Wintry Blessing

Both the calendar and the thermometer tell us that winter is fast approaching. The days are shorter, the nights are cooler. The Sears Christmas catalogue has been out for months. The Costco tire sale is on. Mandarin oranges are in the stores. Sloughs and dugouts have a skim coat of frost some mornings. Josh Classen,… Read more »

Nature Notes – From the Backyard to the Biosphere. LEK and TEK

LEK and TEK: Invaluable Local Conservation Expertise–and the Ethical Complexities of Knowledge Sharing When thinking about the act of conservation, many of us tend to picture professionals (maybe biologists, ecologists, physical geographers) out in the field collecting data, processing samples, and crunching numbers in their labs, plugging info into computer simulation models, and coming up… Read more »

Click On This – Body Being

We do an incredible amount of things to our bodies, or at them, or with them, or put into them. Sometimes those things are humorous and harmless, sometimes they aren’t. Sometimes they are pragmatic and necessary; and sometimes they’re just cultural motivations based on religion or prowess or aesthetics. The body is our permanent home… Read more »