Sequoyah :: Cherokee Genius

Sequoyah was a Cherokee silversmith who created an alphabet and syllabary for the Cherokee nation.  Noticing the effectiveness of the “talking leaf” (pages of writing) used by the pale skins, he divined that his people needed a similar written system to communicate.  During twelve years of labor and study he completed a syllabary of 85Continue reading “Sequoyah :: Cherokee Genius”

Gastronomica Reader :: Wikimania 2012

What fun to find that the Gastronomica Reader , which includes my long article about Diana Kennedy and Mexican organic farming,  is on a book list run by an Estonian webrarian! Fun because this connects directly to last week’s Wikimania 2012 in Washington, DC where I met a wikimanian from Estonia, Raul Veede.  Synchronicity and random serendipityContinue reading “Gastronomica Reader :: Wikimania 2012”

Japanese Calligraphy :: National Geographic Society

National Geographic Society 1145 17th St. NW, Washington DC Workshop on Calligraphy July 8, 2012, 1 to 3 pm The workshop opened with a discussion and projected slides that explained the differences between Western Hemisphere and Eastern Hemisphere calligraphy and writing. The way language itself is represented by these different geographic areas reflects their approachesContinue reading “Japanese Calligraphy :: National Geographic Society”

Writers in Washington, DC

A writers’ gathering, “Third Annual Conversations and Connections” held on 11 April 2009, involved a trio of excellent literary journals — Barrelhouse, Potomac Review and Baltimore Review — with sponsorship by the Johns Hopkins University and Montgomery College.  The venue was SAIS near Dupont Circle. The conference opened at an early hour on an unfriendly wet day. I rolled inContinue reading “Writers in Washington, DC”

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