Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Dr. Cecilia Thompson

Dr. Cecilia Thompson was born in Jeff Davis County, died in Brewster County, lived and expertly wrote about Presidio County. She called her youngish friends like me new pioneers for West Texas. If that is the case, Cecilia blazed a beautiful trail for us all. Thank you, Cecilia, for sharing with me an ounce of your courage to write about the Chinati Mountains and all those who live beneath their grace.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Handmade vs Machine Made

I am in awe of Mike Daisy's piece on This American Life about Shen Jian, China: the birth of all our plastic junk (including the I Phone). The entire piece is worth the 20 minute listen but especially the very end, the demi monde. We all wish for a simpler life with hand made products. Well, everything at those insufferable sweat shops in China, is put together by thousands of HANDS. Human hands, not machines, some working 34 hour shift. Think about that the next time you proudly chose handmade over machinery production.

This is the most important bit of radio you'll hear this year: