Category Perspectives

Celebrating Family, Friends, Fun & All The Craziness

Below The Salt News will be under construction during this holiday time, but we want to wish you and yours a wonderful celebration of family, friends, fun and all the holiday craziness! Merry Christmas  and   Happy New year!

Could Appointing Women CEOs Be A Win?

~ Listen to an excerpt of The Jerry Doyle Show as radio talk show host Jerry Doyle and his guest Anita Finlay engage in a lively battle of the sexes while discussing — Mary Barra, the stats to back women CEOs, The Ellen Show, inclusion and solutions vs shopping confirmation bias, women drivers and more … ~ Just […]

The Inspiration of Nelson Mandela

As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some of his inspiring words: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I […]

This Guy — Sir Nicholas Winton, Hero!

(Happy Thanksgiving and Chanukah!) I have come to almost detest the word hero these days. I think it’s overused and it’s used incorrectly. We have a funny idea in this country about what makes a person a “hero.” We have a weird obsession in this country with athletes and movie stars. We call pro-football players […]

Honoring Grit And Not Just The Gritty

Too often we seem to revel in the gritty and forget to honor our grit, but we shouldn’t. When I was young, an uncle came to live with us while getting back on his feet after a stint in the army.  He was a returned veteran of the Vietnam war — young, handsome and little wild.  James […]

Veteran’s Day Needs To Include Women Leaders In War

“Nancy Wake, “the White Mouse” and the most decorated woman of the 1939-45 war, disliked people messing around with her life story.  Small wonder.  It was an extraordinary story and an extraordinary life.” So wrote John Litchfeld in his tribute to Ms. Wake in The Independent, Resistance heroine who led 7,000 men against the Nazis: Ms. […]

Words To Create By: “The more you Learn …”

“The more you learn, the more you have a framework for that knowledge to fit into.” Bill Gates, 60 minutes interview ~~~ William Henry Gates III (1955 – ) Co-founder of Microsoft Father, husband, programmer, inventor, investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, billionaire

Book Feature: BURN WILD: A WRITER’S GUIDE TO CREATIVE BREAKTHROUGH by Christi Krug

Remember when you were little and would scribble a big blob of yellow on a page and call it a tiger, then hand it to an adult who would proclaim it the most beautiful giraffe in the world and pin it on the refrigerator? No? Likely it’s because the squashing of creativity with rules started […]

BlogHer — Creating A Future History of Now

I often wonder what the future will be like when the history of now — enriched by the perspective of women (more than half of the world population) and the amazing diversity of cultural subsets in our society — is finally read. Will the media and our social interactions still be obsessively focused on power, profits, sex, […]

Words To Live By: An Unquenchable Spirit of Adventure…

“There is no experience from which you can’t learn something. When you stop learning you stop living in any vital and meaningful sense…”

Creative dog playing fetch

For The Joy of Animals: Nature’s Ball Return

A dog with a ball
but no one to throw…

The Mind Road Less Traveled - Prudence

The Adventurous Mind: Prudence

The road less traveled

Isn’t always on foot…

Webcomic by xkcd: Prudence

Martin Luther King Jr. - Creator of change

Words To Live By: “Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness …”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction… The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or we […]

Book Feature: MAYHEM AT ROCK CREEK by M. L. Poncelet

“… frontier history rugged and real.” Popular books and movies have made the phrase “gold rush” all but synonymous with California and Alaska.  But have you ever heard about the Canadian gold rushes at Fraser Canyon, Cariboo, or Rock Creek ? In 1859, two U.S. soldiers crossed three miles into the then British colonial territory of […]

Words To Create By: “The creative Person …”

“The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things: ancient history, nineteenth-century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, flower arranging, and hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later or six months, or six […]

Pondering The Possibilities: Digital Toilet Paper?

Like it or not.  Embrace it or not. The digital age has brought a lot of changes to our world. But there has to be a limit. Right? Still … Can we really rule out the possibility of digital “toilet paper”? After all, there was a time when we used leaves, rocks, and even sticks. […]

Words To Live By: “Let There Be Justice For All …”

Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves. ~~ NELSON MANDELA, speech, May 10, 1994 

Book Feature: I SPIDER by Anthony Lance

“…think Hitchcock’s PSYCHO meets THE BIRDS with flashes of humor — and spiders.” I have a rather compulsive habit of downloading books to my e-reader, so it was no surprise when I SPIDER joined the masses on my kindle after I’d read a few book excerpts on author Anthony Lance’s I SPIDER Blog. But that, as they […]

Words to Live By: “It Is Not Enough To Understand …”

It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task. ~~ Robert Kennedy

In Remembrance

 … Rest, comrades, rest and sleep! The thoughts of men shall be As sentinels to keep Your rest from danger free. Your silent tents of green We deck with fragrant flowers Yours has the suffering been, The memory shall be ours. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, from Decoration Day poem

Words To Live By: “The True Sign of Intellegence …”

“The true sign

of intelligence

is not knowledge

but …”

Words To Live By: “Eyes Blinded By The Fog Of Things …”

“Eyes blinded by the fog of Things cannot see Truth. Ears deafened by the din of Things cannot hear Truth. Brains bewildered by the whirl of Things cannot think Truth. Hearts deadened by the weight of Things cannot feel Truth. Throats choked by the dust of Things cannot speak Truth.”    ~~ Harold Bell Wright, […]

The Bluebird of Happiness — Do We Forget About The One In-Hand?

Have we raised our expectations for what will make us happy to unreasonable heights? I wonder. Too often it seems as if we are striving and searching for a bigger, better kind of happiness.  And always more, of course.  It’s as if we are determined to prove that when it comes to the Bluebird of […]

BTSN Book Feature: KISS CHRONICLES by Virginia Sanders

“A heartfelt journey of missed kisses, family cancer and fundraising.” I love personal journeys and people brave enough to share them.  In KISS CHRONICLES, author Virginia M. Sanders doesn’t hold back.  Frequently humorous and occasionally raw, her emotions are always real as she chronicles her journey through missed kisses, family cancer and ongoing ordeals in trying […]

Words To Live By: “Once You See It …”

“… once you see it,

you can’t unsee it.

And once you’ve seen it,

keeping quiet,

saying nothing…”

Gratitude to First Responders & Courageous Bystanders

To the first responders who ran toward danger without a thought for their own safety, to bystanders and neighbors who dropped everything to help, tearing off clothing to make tourniquets, to offer food and open their homes to strangers, and to the exhausted marathoners who just kept running straight to the hospital to donate blood […]

Words To Live By: “The Secret of Change …”

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~~ Socrates

A Humble Thank You To Women Writers

In honor of Women’s History Month, a humble thank you to the many amazing women writers and the characters they created who inspired my dreams, impacted my life and shaped my future through the use of storytelling.