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Saadiyat–The Island of Happiness for Culture Vultures

 When I first launched Curated Eclectica, I chose as my background theme my favorite culture creation project in the world: the Saadiyat Island project–a museum mecca extraordinaire, which the New York Times called “A Cultural Xanadu.”   I first was delighted to discover this project upon visiting a scale model exhibit at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi and … Continue reading

Economics / Health and Wellness / Medicine / News Commentary

As If We Weren’t Already Vigilant About Physicians’ Advice…Scary

This Op Ed from the NYT shines some light on direct industry incentives which will test doctors’ ethics when they prefer to prescribe drugs other than recommended and/or refer to doctors outside their “system.”  Oh, to be born in Norway where relatives will be picked up from anywhere in the world if they’re sick, where they’re cared … Continue reading

Business / Curiosities / Economic Development / Food / Good News Stories / Health and Wellness / Innovation / Nutrition / urban design

The Whole Foods Teardrop–and Business Strategy

OK, not to be sappy here or deluded as to its purely philanthropic purpose but I have to admit that this weekend’s Washington Post article about Whole Foods’ gutsy new stores in Detroit and Chicago brought a tear to my eye.  Not being overly sentimental, I wondered now where did that come from?  Well, more than anything, … Continue reading

Curiosities / Environment / Film / Innovation / Nature / Outdoor Adventures / Science / Technology

Diving Deep: James Cameron’s 7 Mile Descent

Film Director extraordinaire James Cameron is one of the world’s most intensely curious inhabitants.  He has stretched the boundaries of film, imagination and now too science with his record shattering deep-sea dive 2 years ago, 7 miles into pitch darkness at the bottom of the ocean.  He is one of the newer uber-wealthy who happily for the … Continue reading

Anthropology / Archaeology / art / Arts & Culture / Culture / Curiosities / Middle East / Religion

An Evening of Yemeni Silver

Silver Treasures in the Land of Sheba Hearing the Queen of Sheba, one conjures the notion of a majestic South Arabian woman of the Sabaean people, who traveled by camel caravan to Jerusalem bearing spices, frankincense and myrrh, jewels and gold, on a mission to test King Solomon’s wisdom.  Her people lived in an area … Continue reading

Anthropology / Arts & Culture / Culture / Film / Middle East / Women's Rights

Arabian Sights Film Fest-Washington, DC

“Ghadi” Steals the Show at Washington, DC’s Arabian Sights Film Festival The Arabian Sights Film Festival concluded its 19th season in Washington, DC last weekend with a sold-out last screening and a reception sponsored by the Algerian embassy.  Festival goers bought 2,000 tickets to see 9 new films from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia, … Continue reading