A Moment of Reflection for Anthony Bourdain

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In case you haven’t heard, celebrity chef, TV host, and storyteller Anthony Bourdain committed suicide this morning.

I always admired Bourdain’s art for storytelling, but more than that, his humanism. His most recent show, Parts Unknown, not only took audiences on incredible food and culture adventures to every corner of the world, it also showed us how culture can bring people together, even in times of hardship, war, poverty, and oppression.

His stories have always inspired me and made me yearn to discover more about this world and its people, about our shared heritage. I hope we can continue that dialogue in his memory.

A brief update on my week follows if you’re interested. Continue reading “A Moment of Reflection for Anthony Bourdain”

dreaminsanity: Earth Day, Humanism, and Environmentalism

Image of Earth captured by NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/nasa-captures-epic-earth-image
Image of Earth captured by NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/nasa-captures-epic-earth-image

Earth Day is probably the most concerted effort to unite people around the world in positivity. The collective uplifting of the human spirit and natural world is seen in profile pictures on Facebook, in campaigns by companies and organizations all over the world, and in pledges by governments to act on their commitments to the environment. In my mind, Earth Day is the most significant act of humanism we have currently exhibited. As Wendell Berry famously said: “The earth is what we all have in common.” Continue reading “dreaminsanity: Earth Day, Humanism, and Environmentalism”