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From books to robots, ants to vitamins, historical figures to our own family members, we are surrounded by agents of creativity and change (including ourselves) that impact our lives and our world. BELOW THE SALT NEWS is about sharing perspectives and highlighting possibilities while honoring the amazing, the funny, and the heartbreakingly serious challenges affecting our lives daily and celebrating the creativity, inspiration and information that motivates and empowers us to transform our challenges and ourselves. Read More

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Please Don’t Buy That Bunny For Easter!

There are lots of things I love about Easter. It's a time of renewal of both spirit and nature as the earth comes alive again with the promise of Spring. It's the pinnacle of my family's faith, this year to culminate in a sunrise service. I adore seeing the delight on my kids' faces when they … Read Full Article

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Mahogany Row, Mary Barra, and Equal Pay

My latest article questioned whether Mary Barra Was Set Up to Take the Fall at GM.  As their first woman CEO, named weeks before a disastrous 2.6 million car recall was made public, the timing looks suspicious.  Tuesday, April 7th, was Equal Pay Day — the amount of time women have to work into the … Read Full Article

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Thanks, Mr. Bill!

*Welcome new contributing author -- Heather D of BECOMING CLICHE* Sometimes you only think you’re taking one for the team. It’s Spring Break. I know. Technically, it’s not even Spring. I don’t get to make these decisions.  When given an entire week of nothing, I’ve learned it’s … Read Full Article

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Was Mary Barra Set Up to Take the Fall at GM?

Last week, newly minted GM CEO Mary Barra withstood a battering from a Congressional committee over GM’s recent recall of 2.6 million vehicles. Per Allan Stamm of Deadline Detroit, they demanded to know why “GM didn’t react to signs dating back to 2001 that Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and similar … Read Full Article

PEOPLE

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Words: “Human subtlety will never devise …”

Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous. Leonardo da Vinci *********** Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519) Artist, Painter, Sculptor Writer, Cartographer, Architect Scientist, … Read More

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Shift Your Mindset — #CEO BootCamp for Women

American Express OPEN just sponsored the CEOBootCamp in Los Angeles, an excellent event where female entrepreneurs could network, train and share in the wisdom of successful women who have turned their ideas into multi-million dollar businesses.  Keynote speaker Denise Wilson wowed the crowd when she shared that she was an oboe player and schoolteacher who became a pilot. In 2007, she … Read More

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NATURE

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Water, Camera, Bear…

A celebratory video reminder on World Water Day that water means life -- and not just for humans. http://youtu.be/DWbXfkNuupM (Video: GoPro: Grizzly Eats My GoPro) We humans don't have the right to waste and pollute the water everyone and everything needs! ### … Read More

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WELLNESS

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The Power In “One Voice” Against Bullying

There is amazing power in the anti-bullying song "One Voice." You hear it in the words written by 15 year-old New Zealand singer/song writer Nakita Turner as she tells the story of those who have been bullied.  Real stories of her own experiences and those she learned from interviewing 180 other students.  You feel it in her incredible voice as she expresses the real pain that bullying brings, … Read More

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Kelvin Doe, A Solar Promise in a Teen Entrepreneur

While investments in solar maybe the promise of our future, giving a sixteen year old a $100,000 contract to research, design, test and develop his own solar panel technology could seem reckless and even wasteful -- until you meet the teen in question. Kelvin Doe, a.k.a. D.J. Focus, is a self-taught electrical engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and proud resident of Sierra Leone. “I believe … Read More

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Community

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Joblessness, Debt & Obama

On The Jerry Doyle Show, Jerry and I discuss the plight of Millennials and my latest post Millennials Abandoning Obama: Fickle Youth or Something Deeper. Pundits are trying desperately to justify the independent streak of Millennials (Gen Yers) who don’t seem as enamored of the President’s policies, particularly the Affordable Care Act, as the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank and his brethren … Read More

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Millennials Abandoning Obama: Fickle Youth or Something Deeper?

In his latest column, Washington Post’s Dana Milbank lamented that the youth vote, 15 million strong, who swept Obama into office have “abandoned him in his hour of need.”  With ‘his presidency on the line,’ Millennials seem to be turning their collective backs on the President’s health care plan: “The administration announced last week that only 1.08 million people ages 18 to 34 had signed up … Read More

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Media

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Lupita Nyong’o on True Beauty vs. the “Seduction of Inadequacy”

Lupita Nyong’o’s grace and wisdom were evident not only in her speech on the night of her Oscar win for “12 Years A Slave,” but also while being honored at this year’s ESSENCE Magazine Black Women in Hollywood luncheon.  Reading a fan letter she had received from a girl who felt self-loathing because of her very dark skin, Ms. Nyong’o shared that she, too, “got teased and taunted about [her] … Read More

Anita Finlay and Jerry Doyle

Funny Ellen, 20 Feet From Stardom, Cate Blanchett — Oscar Gold or Niche Experience?

Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle Talk Oscars and Women in Film An article I posted, What the Oscars Tell Us About How Society Views Women, is getting a lot of play.  It addresses Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett's acceptance speech calling out studio heads and filmmakers for keeping women’s stories sidelined — even though many play big at the box office. Blanchett is correct.  Her film “Blue … Read More

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Arts & Books

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Book Feature: THE LAST SNOWMAN by JC Little

A snowy day brings a teenage girl in touch with her inner child as she constructs a giant snowman.  But heartbreak awaits when the inevitable forces of life and nature take their toll. Never fear, JC Little, The Animated Woman is here! The giant snowman gets a second life when the young girl's Mom (aka JC Little, The Animated Woman) springs into action to do what Moms do best - make … Read More

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Book Feature: KRIS LONGKNIFE Series by Mike Shepherd

A few years ago one of my fourth-graders walked up to me during the last week of school and said, “Mrs. Lemonier, my grandpa’s a writer.” Aren’t we all, I rudely thought. “What does he write?”“Science Fiction!” Hmmm… She introduced me to him in the parking lot and I asked what he’d written. He handed me a bookmark with his latest title and cover art, assuring me that yes, I’d be able to … Read More

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Science & Tech

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Stepping Into The MOOC World

It started like any other sunday morning.  I was sitting at the breakfast bar, with my laptop and coffee in front of me, leisurely reading articles and following links over hills and down dales, roaming the web super highway. I went from browsing recipes to trying to decipher an article about SEO coding.  From there, I innocently followed a link to the 5 best online web coding classes.  … Read More

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Words: “… You Tend To Get Told …”

"...you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that … Read More

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