January Thaw or Apocalyptic Warning?

[Many of us who reside in The Jungle already understand the need for a communal stewardship model to supplant our current worship of unbridled consumerism. Silverback Bill of the Hinesburg SBs has found an eloquent and eye-opening way to bring it to our attention again. It's a story that can't be told often enough. SB... Continue Reading →

You, too, Can Become a Publisher, Part 1

By Jennifer Jenkins, Director of Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain January 1, 2023 is Public Domain Day: Works from 1927 are open to all! On January 1, 2023, copyrighted works from 1927 will enter the US public domain. 1  They will be free for all to copy, share, and build upon. These include... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Cheese

[These lessons come via Claudia of Recomendo, via Twitter, via Cory, via the monks ... and probably several others in-between. For the record, I do NOT do Twitter. SB SM] from Cory Muscara on Twitter 36 lessons from Buddhist monks Cory Muscara meditated 15 hours a day for 6 months and wrote a list of 36... Continue Reading →

Carolina Wrens Move North

The Outside Story By Susan Shea I saw a new bird at my feeder last winter. In mid-December, a small, reddish-brown bird with an upturned tail, a white eyebrow-stripe, and a long, slender, downcurved bill was on the deck below our feeder. Looking at its cocked tail, I suspected it was a type of wren... Continue Reading →

Writing 31 Books at Once

[GQ talks to James Patterson. I've never been a fan of his writing, but I admire him about coming clean about how he manages the writing machine that is the James Patterson brand. SB SM] “My grandmother said, ‘Hungry dogs run faster,’” says the 75-year-old. “I've always been a hungry dog." BY CLAY SKIPPER January 3,... Continue Reading →


[Sometimes the best way to express gratitude is just to live in someone else's shoes for a day. SB SM] 01.09.2023 WORDS BY JEFFREY SHOCKLEY An incarcerated person writes for The Frontline about winter’s lessons in helping him navigate seasons of light and dark, hope and despair. This story is part of a partnership between Prison Journalism Project and Atmos... Continue Reading →

The truffle industry is a Big Scam.

[And you read it first on Silverback Digest. Read about the scam, then watch the trailer for the Real Deal. SB SM] from tasteatlas.com You may be familiar with the truffle oil scam, but everything else you think you know about truffles is probably a lie too. BY MATT BABICH DECEMBER 24, 2022 Credits: TasteAtlas/Shutterstock You... Continue Reading →

Mama’s Last Hug

Today's encore selection -- from Mama's Last Hug by Frans de Waal. Emotional expressions are innate and part of biology:"[Researcher Paul] Ekman set up controlled tests with people from more than twenty different nations, showing them pictures of emotional faces. All these people labeled human expressions more or less the same way, showing little variation in recognizing anger, fear,... Continue Reading →

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