April 26, 2019

Gorillas Pose for a Selfie with Anti-Poaching Rangers in Virunga National Park

Our distant evolutionary cousin, the mountain gorilla, is an endangered species. And, unfortunately, poaching and illegal hunting by humans is the primary reason for the decline. In fact, there are only about 680 of these… Continue Reading

April 19, 2019

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris by Louis Daguerre (1838)

When Louis Daguerre created the photographic process that bears his name (daguerreotype), he proudly proclaimed, "I have seized the light. I have arrested its flight." This image from 1838 by Daguerre is an example of… Continue Reading

April 19, 2019

Minimalist Wooden Chapel in a Bavarian Forest

Constructed from sixty-one Douglas fir logs, this intimate chapel sits in a forest near the village of Unterliezheim in southwestern Germany. Its architect, John Pawson, was commissioned to create the elegant minimalist structure as a… Continue Reading

April 13, 2019

Jorge Luis Borges Draws a Self-Portrait While Blind

According to the New York Times: Jorge Luis Borges — who had gone blind when he was in his 50s — did his [self-portrait] in the basement of the Strand, using one finger to guide… Continue Reading

April 13, 2019

Japanese Internment During World War II (Photo Essay by Dorothea Lange)

Because of her Great Depression-era work with the Farm Security Administration, Dorothea Lange was already a noted documentary photographer by the time she joined the War Relocation Authority in 1941. She was involved with documenting… Continue Reading

April 12, 2019

“This is How a Human Being Can Change” by Rumi

This is How a Human Being Can Change There’s a worm addicted to eating grape leaves. Suddenly, he wakes up. Call it grace, whatever, something wakes him, And he’s no longer a worm. He’s the… Continue Reading