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

architects / Architecture / Arts & Culture / books / building design / Creativity / design / Writing

Wendy Lesser’s Louis Kahn–a Must Read

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 highly engaging as she draws the reader in to explore the fullness of Kahn’s world and his achievements designing buildings which won him acclaim as one of the … Continue reading

American History / Arts & Culture / conservation / Culture / Environment / Literature / News Commentary / Science / Uncategorized

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

branding / Cosmetics / Curiosities / Fashion / France / Perfume / style

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