For decades, Barbara Ortiz Howard has owned an exterior-restoration business in Mount Vernon, just north of the Bronx; she is used to being the only woman among men. Several years ago, she began to think about another male-dominated part of her life, to which she had previously paid little attention: the portraits on U.S. banknotes. Each of the eleven denominations in circulation, from the one-dollar bill to the ten-thousand-dollar bill, depicts a man. They include eight Presidents (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, William McKinley, Grover Cleveland, and James Madison), two Treasury Secretaries (Alexander Hamilton and Salmon Chase), and the unclassifiable Benjamin Franklin. The people featured on the banknotes havent changed since 1929.

Howard, who is sixty-two years old, told me, I grew up in the sixties and had strong feelings about womens rights, and everyones rights. We marched against the Vietnam War and for civil rights and womens rights back then. Then she started a family and opened her business; she hasnt been involved in serious activism for some time, other than canvassing for Hillary Clinton in 2008. In the summer of 2012, she began toying with the idea of trying to get a woman on a banknote, but she didnt quite know where to start. She e-mailed some friends to ask them which women they would put on bills if it were up to them.

A Campaign to Put a Woman on the Twenty-Dollar Bill


City of the Monkey God

An expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with dramatic news of the discovery of a mysterious cultures lost city, never before explored. The team was led to the remote, uninhabited region by long-standing rumors that it was the site of a storied White City, also referred to in legend as the City of the Monkey God.

Archaeologists surveyed and mapped extensive plazas, earthworks, mounds, and an earthen pyramid belonging to a culture that thrived a thousand years ago, and then vanished. The team, which returned from the site last Wednesday, also discovered a remarkable cache of stone sculptures that had lain untouched since the city was abandoned.

National Geographic: Lost City Discovered in the Honduran Rain Forest


Today is NATIONAL PANCAKES DAY. You can get free pancakes at IHOP.


A study of how climate change has affected emperor penguins over the last 30,000 years found that only three populations may have survived during the last ice age, and that the Ross Sea in Antarctica was likely the refuge for one of these populations. The Ross Sea is likely to have been a shelter for emperor penguins for thousands of years during the last ice age, when much of the rest of Antarctica was uninhabitable due to the amount of ice. The findings suggest that while current climate conditions may be optimal for emperor penguins, conditions in the past were too extreme for large populations to survive.

Genetics reveals where emperor penguins survived the last ice age


Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
-- -Dr. Seuss, author and illustrator (2 Mar 1904-1991)

Happy Birthday DIA!

Denver International Airport celebrates 20 years of flights.

"We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead... Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... human."

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of Star Trek, Dies at 83


Guess how many dogs are going to come out of this doghouse


Things take the time they take.
Don't worry.
How many roads did Saint Augustine follow
before he became Saint Augustine?
--from a new poem by Mary Oliver

 

 

Everything has a beginning and an end. Life is just a cycle of starts and stops.
There are ends we don't desire, but they're inevitable, we have to face them. It's what being human is all about. - Jet Black