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Amidst Chaos: A Call to Civil Conscience
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Amidst Chaos: A Call to Civil Conscience

A friend sent me Annie Proulx’s Speech upon accepting the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Once mercifully beyond Anne Hathaway’s vacuous attempt at an introduction, Proulx’s speech starts after the 47 minute mark. If only her words could be genuinely cathartic and we could wake up to realize that we’ve been … Continue reading

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Ooh la la! 3 tons of flowers for 4 cups of oil…

 Whether for welcome camouflage in tight quarters, tantalizing droplets of seduction or a simple flight of reverie, perfume enchants us all. Today’s marvelous NYT story tells that tale and more–the article merits a few moments of reading/travel log daydreaming and sparked this writer’s curiosity. The French like to say they invented the concept of perfume in … Continue reading

air quality / architectural models / Architecture / building design / chemical pollution / Creativity / global warming / Innovation / pollution / Sustainability / Trees / urban design

Sustainable Refreshment

Given the feeling of helpless hopelessness as we watch what’s unraveling in Washington these days–with special dismay for what’s coming at the EPA– it is uplifting to read about innovative projects which mitigate pollution while also looking gorgeous. So, first we had green roofs and still they’re a long way from being “common”.  In Portland, … Continue reading

Amnesty’s Syria Report
Amnesty International / current events Middle East / Human Rights / international relations / Middle East / Syria / war

Amnesty’s Syria Report

Former detainee Omar al-Shogre before his arrest and shortly after his release from Saydnaya Military Prison in Syria. Courtesy of Amnesty International A picture tells all, reminiscent of extermination camp photos. No level of hyperbole can capture the shocking transformation from the vibrant young Syrian man with his shadow’s wraith who survived. He represents one among thousands–and … Continue reading