My Books

E-Books are just right for travel -lightweight, nearly infinite, a library in your hand. If you plan to buy books, try my web-store, Double00Books!  Use the Search function to find any Amazon title. Pyrenees Pilgrimage, my recent book about walking across France alone, is also for sale in Kindle format on Amazon.   Prefer aContinue reading “My Books”

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”

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”

Magician : Attention

During a totally unrelated search, I came across my  short article about Charles Green III, a slight of hand magician who I interviewed for a piece that ran in the  Washington Post Magazine a few years ago in 1993. Part of the article appears in this High Beam abstract  which collects a fee from readers.  AsContinue reading “Magician : Attention”

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”

Travel Writing at Hill Center

Hill Center near Eastern Market on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC is sponsoring a   Travel Writing and Blogging class July 24, 2012, 6 to 9 pm.    Register now for this creative adventure. Hill Center partners with The Writer’s Center  in Bethesda, Maryland to recruit instructors for Hill Center’s writing classes.

The Eye Has to Travel

At Silver Docs a few days ago, during the Documentary Film Festival at AFI in Silver Spring, I swooned over this film DV:The Eye Has to Travel about Diana Vreeland.  She was the editrix-empress of Vogue, long before the Devil Wears Prada.  The director of the documentary answered questions after the screening and revealed she is married toContinue reading “The Eye Has to Travel”

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Earth

I recently learned about a project initiated by Everett Pompeii — a college student currently in Japan. Here are his words:  “The more people you inspire to get out there, the better off the world is (in my view, anyway). Before we get too far, a bit about me. I’m a college student from theContinue reading “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Earth”

U.S. Flags and Henry Miller’s Air-Conditioned Nightmare

“It has become so to-day that when you see the flag boldly and proudly displayed you smell a rat somewhere. The flag has become a cloak to hide iniquity. We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it it means that things are underContinue reading “U.S. Flags and Henry Miller’s Air-Conditioned Nightmare”

Food Writing at Hill Center

Hill Center near Eastern Market on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC is sponsoring a Food Writing Master Class June 14, 2012, 6 to 9 pm.  Hill Center partners with The Writer’s Center  in Bethesda, Maryland to recruit instructors for Hill Center’s writing classes. Register now for this creative adventure.  Or choose the  Travel Writing and BloggingContinue reading “Food Writing at Hill Center”

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