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Embracing Diversity and Defying Monotony

Consider These...

by Keith Purtell

Cultural features that either haven’t received the attention they deserve or merit a second look.

In North America’s media-driven rush and our tendency to blindly follow a perceived mainstream, we miss a lot.

I hope you will be inspired to seek these out.

paving stones outside a library, by Keith Purtell

The tapestry of humanity

In a vast world of information, there’s a treasure trove of diverse topics waiting to be discovered. Think of it like exploring uncharted territories. Our quest for understanding isn’t just about facts; it shapes our empathy, critical thinking, and resilience.

At the heart of diving into different subjects is recognizing how complex the human experience truly is. Each person has a unique story, and every topic is a fresh perspective. In a world where divisions run deep, exploring diverse subjects becomes a bridge connecting communities. Whether we’re celebrating unsung heroes or questioning old assumptions, this exploration lets us set aside fears and appreciate our rich human tapestry.

Sometimes, we also find joy in the most elemental things: A budding pecan tree in the morning light of a Spring day. Children laughing as they play. Good friends embracing each other.

And when life gets chaotic (which it often does), a waiting mind becomes even more crucial. We’re dealing with big issues—inequality, environmental challenges, you name it. By stepping out of our comfort zones, we gain insights that shake up our rigid thinking. When others see roadblocks, we find solutions.

But it’s not just about facts and figures. This journey feeds our curiosity and open-mindedness. Instead of comfortable information silos, we engage with different viewpoints. It’s like trying on someone else’s shoes—strange at first, but eye-opening. And in a world divided by opinions, empathy becomes our secret weapon. By immersing ourselves in others’ stories, or better understanding our own stories, we see our shared humanity.

Let’s celebrate the overlooked, question the status quo, and embrace this adventure. Every thread in the tapestry of human knowledge matters. Even seemingly small discoveries add to our collective wisdom.

Not a portfolio: The site was conceived as a way of being both web developer and content provider. Plus, it was fun. I rarely add new pages. Mostly I use this site to tinker. The bulk of my professional attention goes to current clients.

20+ years online

Keith Purtell in 2012

The earliest captured version of keithpurtell.com ("Favored Things") is May 30, 2000 at the Internet Archive. The site actually started as a 1998 user account at an Overland Park, Kansas, ISP called Unicom.net. The Oct. 15, 2000 version is still visible as TFT at the Wayback Machine

In that 1998/2000 version of Favored Things, I included an article on the Tulsa Race Riot (Tulsa Race Massacre), which I had heard about (by accident) in the late 1980s.

Lawsuits

Contacting me is a much more efficient and honest way of requesting changes than bringing a lawsuit against the author(s). Bringing a lawsuit instead of asking for a revision reveals the underlying motives of the person or persons who have chosen to abuse the legal system to intimidate citizen journalists.

'Suzukawa' by Hiroshi Yoshida
"Suzukawa" by Hiroshi Yoshida (Mt. Fuji; River and farm in foreground)

 

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