Terrors of the Flat Earth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06bvdFK3vVU Don’t laugh. This is terrifying. It’s only 10 minutes long, but you need to watch this. You need to be aware that these people are out there. The real issue goes far beyond the growing Flat Earth movement, and toward general denial of science and the rejection of objective reality. This video is a […]

Disagreement as a Personal Attack

I’m not sure how we got here and I’m not sure how we get back, or if that’s even possible. All I know is that I’m tired of people who take any disagreement as a personal attack. Your choosing a thing that they don’t necessarily like is somehow a criticism of them because they do […]

This Post is Not About Politics

My policy is to not write about politics. I will write about minimalism, about productivity, about self-care, but not about politics. That said, this post is kind of, sort of, about politics, but it’s really about the simplify, create, thrive ethos in action. The European Court of Justice has ruled that the United Kingdom can […]

Cultural Gaslighting …with Katie and Berin

This week’s topic: Cultural Gaslighting In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about the subtle and often insidious ways that cultural norms are enforced. Messaging in advertising and television programming is a key culprit. The compare and contrast watching American TV, complete with commercials, for the first time in over four years with their experience […]

Propaganda… with Katie and Berin

This week’s topic: Propaganda vs Fake News Katie and Berin talk about the blatant lies being circulated by a certain government administration. They discuss how this is an underlying cultural problem in the United States, where people are raised to believe certain things that have no basis in fact. As falsehood compound upon falsehoods, is […]

Cultural Dysphoria… with Katie and Berin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BybSFM8YT9A This week’s topic: Feeling at odds with your own cultural heritage. Berin jokes that he was assigned American at birth, but doesn’t feel American. He doesn’t conform to the norms of the society he grew up in. But he’s not Finnish, either, even though he loves living in Finland. What happens when your sense […]

Personal Identity vs. Cultural Identity

In this episode, Katie and Berin discuss how one’s cultural identity impacts personal identity, and vice-versa. They talk about being an expat, where persona identity is affected by both the culture of your mother country and your host country. Katie discusses identity in context of being an art teacher, and how both artists and teachers […]