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A Look at What We’ve Been Reading Around the VISIONS Headquarters This Month

Each month, we will take a look at some interesting articles that our VISIONS staff and office crew have been passing around. Many pertain to our program sites and communities. Here’s what we’ve been reading in October 2015:

Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.—This New York Times opinion piece by Sherry Turkle, who has studied the psychology of online connectivity for more than 30 years.

Here she talks about what has happened to face-to-face conversation in a world where so many people say they would rather text than talk? Also, check out Turkle’s TED Talk on the same subject.

What is Indigenous People’s Day?—During this past Columbus Day, a national holiday that’s still celebrated by banks and US government organizations, there was a lot of talk about Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrations. Here Upworthy.com explains what this new holiday means, and why it should replace Columbus Day.

Sierra Leone’s Stinking Seaweed—Sargassum Seaweed, the same seaweed that has affected parts of Guadeloupe and other Caribbean nations, is now raiding part of Africa. Check out this story in The Guardian that explains how the proliferation of this thick, brown algae are affecting marine life and tourism on both sides of the Atlantic.

Galapagos Conservancy’s Instagram Page—Prepare yourself for photography of cute and extraordinary creatures that call the Galapagos Islands home.