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Collar of Dissent? She Doth Protest Too Late and Sans Remorse
American History / civil rights / Law / Politics / Ruth Bader Ginsburg / Supreme Court / Women's Rights

Collar of Dissent? She Doth Protest Too Late and Sans Remorse

Subject of a book, a popular movie, praised for her admirable fitness regimen and now dissenting yet again on a 5-4 vote pushing back workers’ rights, yes, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg–affectionately monikered RBG, doth dissent.  Despite my respect for her brilliant legal mind and years of service, I now give her no credit … Continue reading

This is Not a Model. It is Real from Svalbard, Norway.
Antarctic / Arctic / Explorers / glacier studies / global warming / Leadership / Survival

This is Not a Model. It is Real from Svalbard, Norway.

This footage,  (seen at minute 3.2) from a location near the North Pole has been seen by only 45,000 people on YouTube. It’s already 4 years old. It’s as dramatic as one might find, showing rivers of water pouring out of ice shelves in Svalbard, the northernmost inhabited place in the world. Svalbard is an … Continue reading

Ever Heard of a “Tomato Expression Atlas?”
biology / Curiosities / fruit / genetics / Science

Ever Heard of a “Tomato Expression Atlas?”

Hark!  A fruitful new study documents the evolution of the luscious tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) from the inside out.  A collaboration among three leading-edge research institutions delivers imagery and a deeper dive into tomato genetics than your average tomato lover can genuinely absorb, but it sure is fascinating stuff.  You will never have appreciated more the … Continue reading

Desert Exploration / Environment / Flooding / Middle East / Nature / Outdoor Adventures / Uncategorized

Rare View: Dry Desert River Floods Back to Life

Some hikers have witnessed dangerous flash floods that can occur in minutes–and lived to tell the tale. I’ve never seen one.  The River Zin in the Negev desert in Israel just offered mother nature’s dramatic example of a river roaring back to life. Of course, it’s particularly remarkable in a desert. The drop off into … Continue reading

A Propos “S’hole Countries”: African Weavers & the Wonders of Spider Silk
African art / art / Culture / Politics / Silk / Textiles / Trump speech

A Propos “S’hole Countries”: African Weavers & the Wonders of Spider Silk

African art has captivated collectors for millennia.  This video offers fascinating behind-the-scenes views of the production and expert weaving of Spider silk by craftsman in Madagascar. Observe the close-up ‘manufacturing” extrusion methods and hand weaving of historical design patterns into sophisticated, invaluable textiles, cherished by museums and private collectors.  The differences between spider and worm … Continue reading

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Wendy Lesser’s Louis Kahn–a Must Read WINS THE $10,000 MARFIELD PRIZE!

This review contributed to the momentum among Arts Club of Washington volunteer readers and referrals of excellence to the judges.  Lesser’s book was awarded the 2018 Marfield Prize. Wendy Lesser has done a masterful job in “You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn, presenting Kahn– “the man” and “the architect”.  Her portrayal is … Continue reading