Sands of time

Photo by Chris Jordan from the series Midway: Message from the Gyre The North Sea is rich in signs of what made the modern world. It’s also a monument to what awaits us in the Anthropocene by David Farrier is a senior lecturer in English literature at the University of Edinburgh, where his research interests include eco-criticism, postcolonial studies, and asylum and refugee contexts. He is currently working on a book about deep time in contemporary poetry.  The red-veined rocks of Bohuslän in western Sweden have one of the highest concentrations of Bronze Age art in Europe. I was lucky enough to … Continue reading Sands of time

WHY LIVING WITH LESS CAN ACTUALLY MAKE YOU HAPPIER

by Phillip Schneider, Staff Writer, Waking Times Will having more wealth actually make you happier? According to a number of studies an addition to your income isn’t only unlikely to make you happier, but it can make those around you less happy, and you for the fear of losing it. To explain, we must first look at a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Two economists, David Blanchflower of Dartmouth and Andrew Oswald of Warwick, set out to document the relation that age has to overall happiness. What they found was that as income tends to increase steadily over time, … Continue reading WHY LIVING WITH LESS CAN ACTUALLY MAKE YOU HAPPIER

Love in a Homeless Place

Jeremy Lybarger Intimate relationships are uniquely fraught for those with nowhere to call home By the time I stumble upon the alley, the man who sets himself on fire has passed out, and the woman who roves around naked shouting obscenities is fully dressed and interrogating pigeons convened in the motel parking lot. Across the street, Keisha and Marcus huddle against a chain-link fence and pass a plastic bottle of Royal Gate vodka, 80-proof, back and forth. A shopping cart from Target is parked within arm’s reach, piled with everything they own: tents, clothes, plastic bags busy with snack cakes, a … Continue reading Love in a Homeless Place