This week I read about

Being a freelance writer and refusing to work for free

The 40th anniversary of NASA’s Viking Mission and why NASA still believes we might find life on Mars

A fascinating history of the linguistic origin of “about” in Canada

How the media tore down Clinton while building up Sanders and Trump

The Trump/Putin connection

Started reading

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Serialized in three parts in The New Yorker, where President John F. Kennedy read it in the summer of 1962, Silent Spring was published in August and became an instant best-seller and the most talked about book in decades. Utilizing her many sources in federal science and in private research, Carson spent over six years documenting her analysis that humans were misusing powerful, persistent, chemical pesticides before knowing the full extent of their potential harm to the whole biota.


Omaha and straddled the Nebraska-Iowa state line on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge