Ten Memories of Snow and Ice

I’ve spent a childhood longing for snow and an adulthood running from it. Until I can move to Hawaii, snow, ice, slush, and cold will be a part of my life.

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Water on Mercury; Non-Organic Chemicals on Mars

Two recent discoveries on other planets in our solar system have led to great excitement in the scientific community. The Messenger spacecraft, in orbit around Mercury since March 2011, has confirmed the presence of water ice on Mercury. Less than four months after its arrival on Mars, Curiosity has found some interesting chemical compounds. What do these discoveries mean? Read More Water on Mercury; Non-Organic Chemicals on Mars

News Appetizers: Girl, I Do Not Like What I See Out There

Welcome back, poodles, for another roundabout recap of all the news that proves that this dear country is headed to hell in an embroidered handbasket. Will we make it through the week with a forced smile on our faces, or will we grimly gather round the old television and lament the very forces that make all things seem ever so desperate and awful sometimes? Either way, there will be gin – cotton candy for those who abstain from the devil’s drink. So gather up your wills and your wiles, let’s meet this week’s news head on with a brave face and a tight grip on sanity. Read More News Appetizers: Girl, I Do Not Like What I See Out There

Put On ICE: How Detainment and Deportation Are Breaking Up Families

Back in the early summer, President Obama announced that immigration officials, including the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), would be suspending deportations against those who posed no threat to the nation’s security or public safety. In August, the Department of Homeland Security took action on Obama’s word, stating that it would review all of the nearly 300,000 pending deportation cases in order to identify those which are “low priority” and should be “administratively closed,” turning the focus off of working class folks and more onto those with connections to larger crime rings. Read More Put On ICE: How Detainment and Deportation Are Breaking Up Families

Weather Snobbery and the Loss of Compassion in a Facebook World

So, you may have heard that the East Coast had a little weather this weekend. You also may have heard from Facebook status updates, Tumblr posts, or tweets that the storm was “overhyped,” “no big deal,” or a “disappointment.” Who knows, maybe you even said some of those things. Plenty of people did. Here’s the thing, though: for many people, Irene was a big deal. Billions of dollars in property damage. Lives lost. Hundreds of thousands of people still without power. For those people affected, hearing that the storm’s effects were a “disappointment” is infuriating at best. Read More Weather Snobbery and the Loss of Compassion in a Facebook World

TDG 2/2: Narnia is Real

A few of your Persephone writers are trapped either under a three inch layer of ice or in the path of a blizzard, some of us are a little of column A, a little of column B.  If you notice gaps in our schedule it’s because somebody lost power, we’ll catch up when it comes back on. Read More TDG 2/2: Narnia is Real