As a literary scholar and teacher of literature, I like to remind the students in my classroom that we are storytelling beings, for it is this facet of human consciousness that distinguishes us from other animals.
Raw emotion surrounding a plan for workforce housing south of Crested Butte has reached an embarrassing tenor. Relationships have suffered, personal attacks have become commonplace and compromise seems a distant idea.
Feb. 12 is well known as the birthday of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Few are aware, however, that Lincoln shared his birthday (both the day and year, 1809) with another famous figure, the father of evolutionary biology, Charles Darwin.
The first book I ever read by Ursula K. Le Guin was “The Left Hand of Darkness.” Genly Ai, an ambassador from earth, visits the planet of Gethen, where its alien inhabitants are neither male nor female, except once a month for their reproduction phase called “kemmer.”
A clear sign of compromise just might be a lack of complete satisfaction on either side of a controversial issue. We see as much in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) “preferred alternative” for Signal Peak-area trails.