Andrea Lynn's writing is activated by an eccentric curiosity that collects ideas and details. The training and temperament of a journalist, her natural inquisitiveness is concentrated on exploration of the human capacity to remember and to forget the ways by which we are connected to our Earth home.
Andrea teaches students about compassion as an instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University’s ROCK Center. The ROCK (Roots Of Compassion and Kindness) Center “… promotes compassion, kindness, and empathy through education, action, and research.” A member of the inaugural ROCK pilot team, Andrea is responsible for curriculum design and delivery, pedagogy, and assessment methods.
When she is not teaching, Andrea is focused on her doctoral research as she explores anthropogenic impacts on the acoustic habitat of Monodon monoceros (narwhal) in the high Arctic.
Andrea writes often to preserve aspects of a vanishing nature, wondering if her attention to writing about the “Earth-born world,” the “more-than-human world,” is separating her further from it as cultural ecologist and philosopher David Abram posits in The Spell of the Sensuous.
Andrea’s concern for the Arctic continues to shape her writing and her research. A recipient of The Arctic Circle Expeditionary Residency, Andrea was privileged to explore her fascination with the acoustics of ice and the aspects of naturally versus unnaturally occurring sounds. Andrea’s interest in thermoacoustics—heat into sound into energy (the interaction between temperature, density and pressure variations of acoustic waves)—was her initial project of interest for the Arctic residency. This undertaking asked whether it would be possible to utilize vibration to teach refrigerators to sing in order to reduce the detrimental super greenhouse gases refrigerants emit, and, she hypothesized, to lift the world’s happiness as measured on the “World Happiness Report," a publication of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network powered by Gallup World Poll data, by muting and transforming mechanical noise.
These interests intensified and evolved to become her doctoral pursuit, interrogating acoustic habitats through the lens of the Acoustic Niche Hypothesis (ANH). Her experiences in marine equipment manufacturing proved helpful as she learned to deploy hydrophones while aboard vessels in the ocean; her training for 13 marathons so far, prepared her for the physicality of Arctic research.
Andrea is pursuing her doctorate in environmental studies at Antioch University New England. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in writing and consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies and her bachelor’s degree from Truman State University. She has held executive level positions in both the journalism and business divisions of several media companies. Her roots in newspapers, Andrea began her journalism career as a cub reporter on the streets of Kansas City and remains engrossed with the essential role of journalism in a free society.
For Andrea, writing is a pathway to what's around her; storytelling in all its forms the preservation of the eternal pieces of us all. She pursues the art of the written word to express the universality of humanity’s inner world. Her essays, poems, short stories, and even her research, seek out the inherent spirituality of human life.
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The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced, and the prize for Fiction was awarded to Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown and Company). What a beautiful, worthwhile read - substantial.
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Have you read Megan Hunter's, The End We Start From? Dystopian Fiction, this felt real - insightful. The world into which the author wraps her characters is so fantastical that the story demands the reader constantly check what she knows about reality. Getting lost in this story is a delicious way to spend an afternoon.
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017 is… YOUTHQUAKE! The noun is defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people." Oxford editors collected mounds of data to arrive at their decision. Why did this word spark in our collective conscience in 2017, and what does it indicate for the year ahead?
The Man Booker Prize 2017 winner is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. It delightfully breaks all the structure rules!
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