A random collection of articles, blog posts, books, and other things I think are worth sharing.
Erie Times-News: Donkey and Miniature Horse are BFFs. (Your feel-good story of the week.)
Alternet.org: The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America
“Without built-in protective functions like critical analysis, self-reflection, openness to counter-evidence, and willingness to re-evaluate any and all beliefs, bad information in a closed-off system ends up doing massive damage in a short period of time. What has happened to too many fundamentalist belief systems is damaging information has been allowed in from people who have been granted “expert status.” If someone is allowed into a closed-off system and their information is deemed acceptable, anything they say will be readily accepted and become gospel.”
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. If you’ve never read this classic…or you haven’t read it since High School, give it another go. It’s reminiscent of much of what is going on today and speaks to this truth: