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- One of the things I miss most about Philmont is the night sky. Lucky for me, Outside has a list of the best places in America to go stargazing.
- Brett and I have talked about taking a trip to Eastern Europe and Russia someday to do some family history work, so this article about genealogy tourism really struck a chord.
- If you think you’re too old to take up a new hobby or sport, think again.
- A group of five hikers has successfully thru-hiked the network of connected trails around Chicago. I never want to live in a city again, but if I did, I’d want it to be one with two week’s worth of hiking trails out my back door.
- When I asked my parents for a pony, I didn’t have nearly as concrete a plan as this little girl.
- Why, yes. Yes, I do want to go to Iceland and photograph the Aurora Borealis and cliffs and icebergs and puffins (again) and waterfalls and…
- The winners of this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year competition make me want to learn how to scuba, like, rull bad. (The picture of the snorkelers on the dock is my favorite.)
- And the winners of the 2017 Artistic Excellence Competition are pretty fabulous, too. I especially love the paintings of the coals, the ballet dancer, and the elephant. It’s hard to believe the last one isn’t a photograph!
- I can honestly say that braving lava flows and ash clouds is not on my photography bucket list, but I’m sure glad photographer Mike Mezeul II disagrees.
- I love this interview with artist Taylor Lee, who embraces her mental illness as part of her process.
- Isn’t this animated film by Ryan Woodward just beautiful?
- I like bugs, okay? So I love this set of photos by Levon Bliss that gives you a suuuuuper close look at some gorgeous specimens.
- I didn’t know that Joseph Smith had a dog, but apparently he did—and a fiercely loyal one, at that.
- Ever the fan of lifelong learning, I was excited to discover edX, which offers college-level courses online. Most are free, but you can also pay for certain certificate programs. I’m especially interested in the UX Design Course from U of M, the Blender Animation course from IIT Bombay, and the Sustainable Food Security: Crop Production course from Wageningen University.
- Remember how I love elephants? Yeah. So I love this video about how they communicate through their feet.
- This thought-provoking article provides some very useful guidance on how to avoid “Mormon burnout.”
- Elder Bednar recently spoke about revelation and it changed the way I think about my relationship with God.
- Looking for a way to follow Sis. Nelson’s recent advice to make a sacrifice of time to the Lord? Family History Life has a fun 21-day Family History challenge that will help you do just that.
- Check out this fun video of the ten countries with the highest percentage of LDS members in their population.
- Nuclear energy gets a bad rap thanks to disasters like Chernobyl and Fukushima, but it could be the means of saving the energy crisis—if we let it.
- The organization Sky Ocean Rescue has coordinated volunteer efforts to collect 12,000 tons of plastic waste from a single beach in Mumbai.
- I don’t often find myself nodding along with Eve Andrews, author of Grist’s Ask Umbra column, but I did find her piece on how the fight against plastic waste is uniting even the bitterest of enemies really interesting.
- This talk on how we can remove CO2 from the atmosphere using new technology is a bit dry at times, but also fascinating. It’s worth a watch.