Recommended Reading: The Atlantic | In Focus

Chicago Freezing Fire
sea otter in love
Via the Atlantic: Alaskan sea otter “Yutan” holds a heart-shaped piece of ice given to him by his keeper at the aquarium at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise amusement park in Yokohama, on February 11, 2013. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)

Reading? Or, is it recommended digesting? Either way – visit The Atlantic’s In Focus section for a superb display of globally relevant photos.

The site features pictures of wartime and peace, celebration and heart-choking violence. Its rather unbiased representation of new stories in which it allows the photos to speak for themselves is moving on its own. But add the discrete narrative that the Atlantic adds to each series of photographs and you have an absolute must-read in my mind.

A few of my favorites:

Please note that the content is, at times, very graphic. Also note: so is the real world

Read through the past few posts, allow them to serve as a reminder for what each of has to celebrate – our families, out passions and, here in the US our freedom.

Chicago Freezing Fire
Via the Atlantic: A truck is covered in ice as firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse in Chicago, Illinois, on January 23, 2013. More than 200 firefighters battled the five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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