Here are some interesting links to start the new month with. I haven’t compiled one of these posts in a while, so some of these links are a bit old, but they are good reading nonetheless.
- Dana Driscoll discusses the differences between specialists (those who know a lot about one narrowly defined subject) and generalists (those who know a little about a lot of different things), and how this connects to sustainable action. The difference between specialists and generalists is a topic I’ve thought a bit about myself (as I’m more of generalist), though I hadn’t realized the extent to which specialization may have contributed to some of our present issues.
- Alison Leigh Lilly discovers the joy of hidden things while tidepooling on the Salish Sea. I love this post, as I am fascinated by sea creatures but know so little about them. Alison’s post is very informative and makes me long to visit the ocean again. She even saw a chiton!
- Also in the sea, Wanderin’ Weeta describes the disturbing epidemic that is causing the deaths of many sea stars and other animals along the West Coast. (Visit the links in the post to learn more.) This is a very troubling situation and I hope that scientists are able to find out more about it.
- Joanna Paterson ponders the transformative power of macro-photography. This is why I take so many photos of flowers and insects. It is not just about capturing the perfect image; it’s so much more than that. And sometimes finding “what else is there” is the best part of all.
- Here is a post that describes how reading paper books is better for us than reading e-books. I think that many people who love paper books have long suspected this already (I know I did), but it’s nice to see some confirmation. Even if you love e-readers, take some time to read a paper book now and then as well.
- On a lighter note, this post will help you to diagnose what kind of a book reader you are (and see the follow-up post for even more reader types). I’m a bit of the Chronological Reader (“you’ll get to them all, eventually”), and definitely the Bookophile (“you just love books”), as well as the Hopelessly Devoted when it comes to certain authors (mainly Ursula K. Le Guin) and the Re-Reader. Read the posts and let me know what kind(s) of reader you are!
- Finally, I love mushrooms (and all fungi), so here are some gorgeous examples of some. The photography is also amazing.