Get Some: Early Morning Peace

This road, so busy during the day. A road running from the east foothills all the way to what was orchard lands, a hundred years ago. Now home of The Spaceship.

I walk this road most mornings, heading west, only a couple of blocks, with a couple dogs. It’s the perfect way to start the work day, maybe any day, really. On weekend days I opt for more sleep, slumber longer past sunrise.

But during the week, it’s up early well before the sun breaks, walking west, seeking peace, finding peace. Walking prayers, Faith Time, Good Time.

Grateful for that time. Time to get settled. Set for whatever the day’s going to bring. At peace.

Science is Cool

When you have a few minutes, take a listen…this story is FOR SURE worth your time.

This is how we learn. There is a story that grabs us, and then the facts, and the data behind it. And thus, the lesson. Very cool.

From the intro on the NPR Short Wave website, it reads:

“In 2015, Steffanie Strathdee’s husband nearly died from a superbug, an antibiotic resistant bacteria he contracted in Egypt. Desperate to save him, she reached out to the scientific community for help. What she got back? A 100-year-old treatment that’s considered experimental in the U.S. Strathdee, an infectious disease epidemiologist, tells us how it works, its drawbacks, and its potential role in our fight against superbugs.

She also co-wrote the memoir, “The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug.”

Follow host Maddie Sofia on Twitter @maddie_sofia. Email the show at

This episode was produced by Rebecca Davis and edited by Viet Le”

I LOVE Short Wave.  I LOVE NPR.

Listen here:

Lyrics Post: “Territories” by RUSH

A bonus second lyrics post today, another from RUSH, another tribute to Drummer and Lyricist, Neil Peart, who passed away last week.

These lyrics are from the sam period, same album that “The Big Money” was recorded. The words spoke to me in a special way at the time, when my sense of local and global was still forming. And the words still speak to me today.


I see the Middle Kingdom between Heaven and Earth
Like the Chinese call the country of their birth
We all figure that our homes are set above
Other people than the ones we know and love
In every place with a name
They play the same territorial game
Hiding behind the lines
Sending up warning signs

The whole wide world
An endless universe
Yet we keep looking through
The eyeglass in reverse
Don’t feed the people
But we feed the machines
Can’t really feel
What international means
In different circles, we keep holding our ground
Indifferent circles, we keep spinning round and round

We see so many tribes overrun and undermined
While their invaders dream of lands they’ve left behind
Better people… better food… and better beer…
Why move around the world when Eden was so near?
The bosses get talking so tough
And if that wasn’t evil enough
We get the drunken and passionate pride
Of the citizens along for the ride

They shoot without shame
In the name of a piece of dirt
For a change of accent
Or the color of your shirt
Better the pride that resides
In a citizen of the world
Than the pride that divides
When a colorful rag is unfurled

The Big Money

Sometimes you wake up with a song in your head and you gotta share it.

This one from RUSH. What I think of as the third chapter in their musical canon. GOOD.

“The Big Money”

Big money goes around the world
Big money underground
Big money got a mighty voice
Big money make no sound
Big money pull a million strings
Big money hold the prize
Big money weave a mighty web
Big money draw the flies

Sometimes pushing people around
Sometimes pulling out the rug
Sometimes pushing all the buttons
Sometimes pulling out the plug
It’s the power and the glory
It’s a war in paradise
It’s a Cinderella story
On a tumble of the dice

Big money goes around the world
Big money take a cruise
Big money leave a mighty wake
Big money leave a bruise
Big money make a million dreams
Big money spin big deals
Big money make a mighty head
Big money spin big wheels

Sometimes building ivory towers
Sometimes knocking castles down
Sometimes building you a stairway
Lock you underground
It’s that old time religion
It’s the kingdom they would rule
It’s the fool on television
Getting paid to play the fool

It’s the power and the glory
It’s a war in paradise
It’s a Cinderella story
On a tumble of the dice

Big money goes around the world
Big money give and take
Big money done a power of good
Big money make mistakes
Big money got a heavy hand
Big money take control
Big money got a mean streak
Big money got no soul…

By Peart, Lee Weinrib, Lifeson

Storytelling and the Power of Narrative

“Stories are a mechanism that human beings have evolved to package information, explain who we are, how we survived, how we have coped, sometimes succeeded, sometimes not so much. And then, [S]tories help us in sharing that information across time and space.” Liz Neeley, from the Story Collider.

One note, thought on the ethics of storytelling. The storyteller should respect the agency of the listeners. To be ethical and truthful, the narrative, and the story overall, should represent broader truths. No outliers, please; down this path, whereby the story becomes a tool of manipulation. Not helpful. Not honest. Not welcome.

The Shortwave intro goes like this:

Storytelling can be a powerful tool to convey information, even in the world of science. It can also shift stereotypes about who scientists are. We talked to someone who knows all about this – Liz Neeley, the Executive Director of Story Collider, a nonprofit focused on telling “true, personal stories about science.”

You can tell the folks at NPR your personal science stories by emailing, Plus, do some #scicomm with Maddie on Twitter — she’s @maddie_sofia.

This episode below was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and edited by Viet Le.

Check out Story Collider’s website to hear the latest episodes of their podcast and see upcoming live shows.

Here’s the crew at Story Collider —

And here’s the whole piece from NPR Short Wave:

“The Birth of the New Negro”

Who was this man?  What was his time?  I didn’t know.

I didn’t know until I listed to this particular Code Switch podcast recently.  I didn’t even finish it.  But I knew I had to share it, capture it, finish it later. And then listen again.  And again.

Three voices tell the story:  the first two, regulars hosting Code Switch:  SHEREEN MARISOL MERAJI, and GENE DEMBY.  And then a special guest to provide the lead narrative, BILAL QURESHI.

So much to learn!