Footsteps of the Saint-Simonians in Cairo

When I visited Cairo in 2013 the Arab Spring had not yet devolved to utter bloody chaos throughout the region, though anyone could see the trend.  In Cairo I sought the Franciscan Friars’ Oriental Studies Library intent on researching the pioneering men and women who traveled from France to Egypt in 1833-34 with Barthélemy ProsperContinue reading “Footsteps of the Saint-Simonians in Cairo”

Iatrogenic Disease :: Hello Hospitals?

[Photo too disturbing to publish goes here] Flesh, cells and protein rot.  You’ve seen vegetables disintegrating into piles of squashed odor and off-beat color.  You’ve smelled rancid milk.  You didn’t eat that meat or the fish that seemed a little off. You know that wounds are risky sites. Social niceness keeps us in the dark aboutContinue reading “Iatrogenic Disease :: Hello Hospitals?”

Mapping Party :: Congressional Cemetery Washington DC

OpenStreetMap.org holds a mapping party at Congressional Cemetery on Sunday, July 15 10 a.m. to 3 pm. OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. Two major driving forces behind the establishment and growth of OSM have been restrictions on use or availability of map information across much of the world and the advent ofContinue reading “Mapping Party :: Congressional Cemetery Washington DC”

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