New&Noteworthy 2020


NJ artist: Christopher PARKS, 1969


Logic will bring you from A to B
IMAGINATION will take you everywhere

leafy green trees

TREES were the first inhabitants on EARTH

The leaves and fruits were the FOOD of many living beings—including our ancestors.

{apes as well as giraffes and elephants are leaf-eaters}

Your BODY is an accumulation of FOOD
FOOD tells a story: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT


When we left the TREES—our perch—and took to the ground,

 it was: ADAPT or DIE.

And we stood up.

And we walked in all directions—to the four corners of EARTH.


Moving from place to place, we got from the ground our food.

Plants that were tasty.

flowering thyme
flowering mint
spring onions

Other living creatures ate grass—but we couldn’t stomach it.

We liked the food growing below the ground—it was chewy.

sweet potato

What would life be without FIRE?

Fire - the line of fire created by excellent flames on a horizon

One time we saw a hurt bird on the ground, and one of us, the tallest, smashed it with a big STONE. We took the large bird to our cave near the lake. As we hovered at the campfire, a woman pulled at its feathers; we helped her with the plucking.

Then the one who had killed the bird took a sharp stone— flint—and cut its body into pieces. He took a large feather, waved it in the air and then gave it to the woman, motioning for her to fan the fire.

He took a wood stick and stuck on it a piece of flesh. When the fire was real hot, he held the stick over the flames, turning it round and round. Our noses liked the scent.

All eyes, we watched.

And then we aped him: we also made flesh-sticks.

Meat Kebabs or Skewers

And we all ate savory SOFT FOOD.

A little one clapped his hands and reached out for more

hands (1)


WHO would we BE—if we didn’t have HANDS?


We sat around the fire looking at each other when the sun was gone. It was then that a bird announced itself by exclaiming: “Oohoo! Oohoo!” And right away a big child jumped up and called out: “Oohoo-oohoo!” Our little ones clapped and repeated the “oohoos”; it became their favorite sound! One morning another bird made soft sounds; we fixed our attention on a nearby tree. She was alone, uttering: “Rookoo. . . Rookoo”. The children repeated: “Rookoo-rookoo”—they couldn’t stop—it was like a contest between them. One balmy evening another bird, a little one sitting in a flowering bush, moved its tongue so beautifully that our eyes watered and our lips quivered. Trilling their tongues at the same time, the children tried to imitate her.

The children also liked making faces at each other. Rolling his eyes and with his hands pulling his ears, a big child stuck out his tongue, and all the little ones made a spectacle by adopting his gestures. Two girls, they were sitting opposite each other, played by touching their hands and then clap. We enjoyed watching them entertain each other, and to encourage them we clapped our hands.

The men coached the children about the tongues of animals: the roar of a lion; the trumpeting of elephants, and the snort of a swine.


In the beginning:

Mothers gave their offspring “signs” what they wanted them to do. They used their heads and eyes or their lips: smacking would mean eat. And, when at the campfire, they would use their hands for directing their little ones—toddlers under age 4—and they would grunt when angry.

The men would use their hands and also grunt telling about the animals they chased. Perhaps they would even draw an image on the ground using a stick.

The children would chirp/twitter/tweet/cackle (a chorus) to amuse themselves; they developed their TONGUES—controlling the SOUNDS (sound box). {Snakes have no ear-openings and use their tongues to navigate}

So, next (on the evolutionary ladder) came SOUND for communication, developing into “a type of language”—a skill for survival— understood by all of them: it became their mother tongue.

When musical instruments were eventually invented, before the temple period, the SOUND of reed/bone FLUTES was simple but melodious—imitating bird song.


(opera by Mozart)

Nursery rhymes/lullabies are SUNG.

And “love songs” have always been popular!


We Wanted

Fire Food




So the men got together. They looked—scouted—for big sticks. And they put flint on top, fastening them with strong grass: making spears. And then, between the trees, they dug a hole in the ground—a pit—and covered this with tree branches.

When the sun came, we women put stones around the campfire. The men left for the pit. Imagine: an animal was inside—trapped. They killed it with their spears. And then they took the creature to our camp. Taking a flint, the tall one took off the hair, throwing the skin over his shoulder. He cut up the body. We then put the flesh pieces on the hot stones. Our noses inhaled the scent: it was mouth-watering.


Eating Meat





Grass-eating animals “convert” grass—their FOOD—into BODY/FLESH/MEAT.

So when Homo sapiens ATE MEAT—they were “consuming digested grass/grains: wild wheat, barley, and rice.

They got more calories and protein from eating meat than all day long chewing their VEGGIES. Now consuming high energy food gave our ancestors TIME to observe how other creatures behaved, and eventually, thanks to their hands, becoming “creative beings”.

Accordingly—slowly but surely: adapt or die—their digestive system (gut and intestines/enzymes) ALTERED because of their NEW LIFESTYLE.