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Jungle Writers

David P. Kronmiller, Editor-In-Chief
Notes from the Jungle
Matthew Tullman, Current Events Editor
On current events.
Joyce Chen Blogging from New York.
Tharuna Devchand Blogging from South Africa.
J Lampinen
Our resident comic strip, Congo & Steve
Joanna Lord
Blogging on life, art and spirituality.
Jeremy Olsen
Director of Development emeritus and occasional commentator.
Dan Rickabus
On things musical.
Nicky Schildkraut
On poetry.

Plus guest writers and past staff, including Zach Fehst, Amy Reynolds, Aaron Vaccaro, Jae Day, Sarah Jawaid, Scott Martin, and Bronson Picket.



A friend shared a video on Facebook from Pixar. It touched me, perhaps it moves you too. Tolerance is something we take for granted. I’ve often felt that we don’t see and meet the real members of the LGBT community – only celebrities and stereotypes. It’s also good to see something positive come from something […]

“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh…”

I need connection now. I need “friends”. I need “people”. I need to know what people are doing because I need to know that people are doing things. I need to “like” what other people “like”. I need to be heard, to “comment” to agree that yes, Prince is amazing and Michael will be missed. The only problem now is that my womb is empty, and my pregnancy has been prematurely terminated.

Democratize this: high school edition

There’s a certain amount of disillusionment that comes with many aspects of high school as a microcosm for the real world, but among them, student government still stands out as one of the most memorable.

Government, Politics, and My Total Lack of Passion

Politics, schmolitics- why can’t people just say everything clearly so government isn’t so hard to understand! And bring me a Mai Tai while you’re at it!

Thank You Aarti And Susie Fogleson for Helping Me Find My Big Girl Pants!

I don’t know Aarti Sequoia, the latest winner of The Next Food Network Star, I almost know her. Her husband, Brendan McNamara, is in our web series “and Boris”; we have two scenes together where we both revel in the extreme evilness of our characters. I am friends with people who know her, but I have never actually met Aarti. Yet watching her journey, as she struggled with her own insecurities in pursuit of a lifelong dream, as someone I almost know was instrumental in helping me find the spine and determination to continue to pursue my own dreams.

Guest blogger AARON VACCARO: (Not so) Breaking News

If you think of the news as a cup of coffee, the untouched, robust mug of French Roast would be the real news, and the cream and sugar the celebrity drivel. Well, I think it’s time to go back to drinking black coffee. After all, who doesn’t want a little more hair on their chest?

An interview with Roni Segoly of Combatants For Peace

Roni Segoly, of the unique and inspiring Middle East peace group Combatants For Peace, shares his observations and feelings about the media, success, and the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Congo and Steve: Creativness of Creativity

"Creativness of Creativity" by J Lampinen
Congo and Steve from creator John “J.” Lampinen of This strip, on the theme of “creativity”: “Creativness of Creativity.”



  • TRUTH AND THE NEWS, a treatise and a roadmap for our new Current Events section by our first ever Current Events Editor, Matthew Tullman.
  • Our interview with Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary about success.
  • Our interview with Combatants For Peace member Roni Segoly from Israel about the news, success, and the Israel-Palestine conflict.
  • Coming soon: our interview with journalist Madeleine Brand.
  • Coming soon: More great music tracks and performances, including rockin’ Red Light Go and and funky-folky-pop group Zoo Human Project.



“Control is like four fingers pressed together to form the tip of a chrome .66 … “

Teenage Angst

I’m hungry, – so feed yourself – , But you know what I need instead? My hand to my heart and a gun to my head, No fear, just a rumble growing louder, In the tunnel of my belly, Kick-starting the engine into gear, Fist to cuff, I roll up my sleeves, Wipe the beads […]


Never: a soulful pop-jazz ballad from our Artist In Residence, Adjoa Skinner
Something Static: uke-driven rock by Dan Rickabus
Miles: indie pop-alt from Nathan Schafer
Leave the Wine, Down the Ribbons: mellow indie from Lightning Inside You
Piano Concerto in D Minor, 1st movement, Derek Polischuk plays Mozart with the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra.


Nicky Schildkraut’s colorful and moving Third Person
Joanna Lord’s visceral Two Versions of the Same Sound
Tharuna Devchand’s dark yet hopeful Goodbye Regrets
Jeremy Scott Olsen’s quietly musing unseen (unwanted?)


Flood by Joe Vaux

Acrylic on wood from painter Joe Vaux, entitled “Flood.”


Truth and The News

by Matthew Tullman
Current Events Editor
July 20, 2010

How many hours spent “watching the news”—in any of the various mediums and regardless of any political slant— would be necessary to understand the current events of the world? Perhaps with a supercomputer parsing the Internet and with the ability to simultaneously watch a set of international television stations could an individual come close to gaining an idea of all the notable events around the world during a single moment. But the answer cannot be quantified in this way—in fact there isn’t an answer. Even with this scenario, the individual may eventually succeed in becoming aware of the significant events globally, but the question is how much does the individual understand?

Mainstream media, to an extent, succeeds in the above endeavor each day—supercomputers scan the Internet and reporters search around the world. But in the up-to-the-minute onslaught of breaking news, the viewer is aware of every event while remaining very much oblivious to the surrounding circumstances of each. The data is devoid of context—the facts are often without historic or analytical details—and the individual is deprived of understanding.

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