We’ve been indoctrinated to feel shame about our bodies, and to thoughtlessly shame others about their bodies. That’s an accepted societal norm with devastating impacts that writer and activist Sonya Renee Taylor names “body terrorism.” In her groundbreaking book “The Body is Not an Apology,” now in a bestselling second edition, Taylor introduces readers to a practice of thinking, being, and doing to change how we relate to our bodies—and to everybody around us.
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Among Giants follows a small group of environmental activists into the high canopy of an ancient redwood grove, where they have made their homes. Both the grove and the surrounding forests were marked for clear-cutting when the activists began their tree-sit.
For all the parents feeling exhausted by the cooking, cleaning and planning of a million meals during the pandemic, there’s some good news. Commensality, or the sharing of food with others, is beneficial for your physical and mental health.
If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what would it be? Would you choose to be nine years old, absolved of life’s most tedious responsibilities, and instead able to spend your days playing with friends and practicing your times tables?
Aristotle thought that plants possess what he called a ‘vegetative soul’. Centred on growing and reproducing, this primordial, unthinking state of being was encompassed and far surpassed by the ‘rational soul’ of humans. Friedrich Nietzsche, however, believed that, in the overwhelming confusion of considering how we might live, there was much we could learn from plants – deeply rooted in the ground and yet limitlessly expressive as they are.