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Infinite Potentials?

Peter Nicholson

8 Years: Part II
Every tone provides possibilities. There are two kinds of classical musician: those that are placated by well-constructed performances, and those that are never satisfied, but rather are constantly exploring, seeking the potential depth of the experience. Bottomless curiosity is a genetic disposition. I appreciated a recent piano recital because it never sounded complete. The journey was dynamic, not a static fixed plan and, as such, imbued with intelligence and life.

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The Nobility of Selfies?

Peter Nicholson

8 Years: Part I
It started simply: a weekly “selfie.” Eight years ago this month, the first Forecast “essay” emerged. I didn’t realize at the time what an essential element of my professional life writing them would become, nor how difficult drafting a single paragraph could be. Photographic selfies generally annoy me in the way they emphasize subject over context. Look at me! The background is usually merely backdrop, a status symbol, depending on what it is, intended to elevate the prominence of the portrait. Not that I’m above this type of self-promotion.

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Airplanes vs. Volcanoes?

Peter Nicholson

A Wider Angle
Iceland’s panoramas are expansive. The country offers a rich diversity of dynamic landscapes to absorb. However, my photographic attempts to portray their breadth are disappointing. There isn’t a lens wide enough to capture the power and sweep, and the camera’s shutter omits all the non-visual sensory elements that contribute to the viewing experience.

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Unintentional Consequences?

Peter Nicholson

Evolutionary Envy
We are clumsy beings. I watched a pod of humpback whales off the northern coast of Iceland earlier this week, including one breaching. The sight of a 45-foot, 70,000-pound creature hanging motionless for a split second in mid-air before crashing on to the water was breathtaking. But so is observing them, fairly close up, as they effortlessly skim the surface, breathing, preparing for their next elegant dive.

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This Week In History

Peter Toth

While it was not the first to open in the United States, the New York City subway system is the nation’s best-known and most extensive, and has served passengers since 1904. It is also one of the factors that enables the city's residents to live small and minimize their carbon footprints, as illustrated in David Owen’s Green Metropolis, which was my introduction to urban sustainability.