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  • A world apart, a world we share

    As humans becomes more attuned to the ocean, we will need to modify our age-old, land-based default toward tribalism and territoriality.

  • Trusting the power of the people

    Political parties are seldom beloved, but they keep the fires of politics burning when the people are busy with their lives.

  • When we hear America singing

    As the demographics of the United States changes, becoming majority minority, a deeper level of diversity and inclusion is needed.

  • Adaptation and bouncing forward

    Millions of people face adversity, trials, and setbacks. Rather than haunting them, however, traumas often empower them.

  • Diversity as the destination

    'Urban pioneering' was about seeking value and variety in forlorn cities. Now that cities are hot again, both those qualities are threatened.

  • This land, your land

    A national park experience can be grand and intimate. And everybody can experience them. That's their real treasure.

  • What all consumers must know

    From food to clothing, electronics to domestic help, the era of blissful consumer ignorance is, or should be, over.

  • What the road can show us

    The cross-country road trip has been celebrated in American literature and lore -- as a journey of national and self discovery.

  • Knowing the story of our food

    Agriculture ranges from the backyard garden to the corporate mega-farm, from organic practices to industrial-grade processes. So where exactly is the sweet spot?

  • Arctic endeavors and canine friends

    In a busy, techie, ever-changing world, the age-old partnership between humans and canines remains as durable as it is enjoyable.

  • How will her pendulum swing?

    Two decades ago, the mental momentum in Europe seemed fully in favor of greater unity. Now it's stalled. Will 'Brexit' reverse it?

  • Aiming to learn the why

    It's fashionable to bash shoe-leather journalism as obsolete in the digital age. It's impossible to understand how the world and its people tick without it. 

July 30, 2016

Photos of the weekend

Child jockeys take part in the Shetland Pony Grand National during The Game Fair 2016 at Ragley Hall in Alcester, Warwickshire, England, on Saturday. The Shetland Pony Grand National raises money each year for a nominated charity and The Game Fair celebrates British field sports and country life.

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