How Our Government Helps Us: A Charming 1969 Illustrated Primer – Brain Pickings

In vibrant drawings and simple language, the book explains the different layers of government — city, county, state, and federal — and their respective functions. What is edifying to the child is to the grownup reader a wonderful reminder of the many things we take for granted in the seemingly magical functioning of our daily … More How Our Government Helps Us: A Charming 1969 Illustrated Primer – Brain Pickings

Strange Trees: An Illustrated Atlas of the World’s Arboreal Wonders – Brain Pickings

French author Bernadette Pourquié and illustrator Cécile Gambini choreograph an illustrated tour of the world’s greatest arboreal wonders, from species that have witnessed the dinosaurs roam this Earth to exotic marvels like Brazil’s “Walking Tree” (Red Mangrove) and the Philippines’ “Rainbow Tree” (Mindanao gum tree) to underappreciated procurers of human delights, such as the sapodilla … More Strange Trees: An Illustrated Atlas of the World’s Arboreal Wonders – Brain Pickings

Happy Birthday, Walt Whitman: The Beloved Poet’s Advice on Living a Vibrant and Rewarding Life – Brain Pickings

“Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others… re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul…” https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/05/31/walt-whitman-leaves-of-grass-preface/