Museum of Political Corruption

Check the transparency and  ethics of government and corporate management daily. Maybe hourly? Teachers, create a popular lesson by displaying the reach and excesses of political corruption all the way into the classroom. Random browsers, visit the Facebook presence of the Museum of Political Corruption No building is big enough to hold the documented and undocumentedContinue reading “Museum of Political Corruption”

Forest Glen :: National Park Seminary

Once upon a time the land surrounding Washington, D.C. was forested. Residents escaped the summer heat of the city for the highlands of Forest Glen just over the border between Washington and Montgomery County Maryland. In 1894, a  posh boarding school for young ladies was shaped out of a rustic country inn. The private schoolContinue reading “Forest Glen :: National Park Seminary”

Port Tobacco, Maryland

Port Tobacco was not on the water when I visited. Prior to the American Revolution, this Maryland hamlet barely an hour’s drive south-east of Washington, DC was the second largest seaport in the American colonies. Ships anchored to be loaded with barrels of tobacco bound for Europe and the rest of the world.  Port TobaccoContinue reading “Port Tobacco, Maryland”

Kayaking the Chesapeake

Kayaking on the Chesapeake Bay Kayaking will not save your soul or bring world peace, but it will move you from youth through the middling years and onward to wisdom.   We’re talking about kayak touring, not the rough and tumble white water sport that gets all the headlines and warnings. Flat water or seaContinue reading “Kayaking the Chesapeake”

Alien Weeds

Patterson Clark shared his harvesting and art making processes at the Annual Meeting of the Audubon Naturalist Society last week at Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Maryland. I admire his dedication and inventiveness.  Take a look at his brilliant art made of weed pulp paper and essence of weed ink, plus a ferocious amount ofContinue reading “Alien Weeds”

Can’t Evict an Idea

Occupy Sydney during 2011-12 defined their points with recycled cardboard boxes on Martin Place, a pedestrian area in downtown Sydney.   On this rainy day, I watched while police systematically dismantled the cardboard box barricades and the Occupy Sydney team responded by hastily shifting position, moving their cardboard space definers to confound the police.  Continue reading “Can’t Evict an Idea”

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”

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”

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