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”

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”

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”

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”

Art Emerges with Mystery

“Every creative artist is a unique individual who has (her) his feet firmly planted in mid-air.  He uses all his negative energies — tensions, anxieties and other vulnerabilities — and transforms them into rich reservoirs of positive forces, from which (her) his art emerges carrying with it the mystery and wonder of the unknown.”  MichaelContinue reading “Art Emerges with Mystery”

Reality Check

Organizational Culture shows us how governments, corporations, associations and other organizations manage their story and proactively shape their message.  Al-Qaeda has an organizational culture just like any other entity and hey, it’s run by a guy in the construction business with a bunch of sub-contractors who deliver their trade which happens to be self-inflicted mayhemContinue reading “Reality Check”

Age :: Debt and who will take care of Grandma?

  In 2000, 6.8 percent of China’s vast population were age 65 or older. By 2025, 13.4 percent of China’s population will be age 65 or older. Source:  Eberstat, N. (2004, Fall) Four Surprises in Global Demography. Orbis 48, 4:673-684.  p. 676 So what does that mean for ordinary people?  China depends on families toContinue reading “Age :: Debt and who will take care of Grandma?”

Change the Culture :: Tell the Story

The skillful manipulation of the essential story of the conflict between the U.S. with al-Qaeda has left the U.S. on the wrong side of the story.  And make no mistake, in the information age, it is all about the story that plays online, on mobile phones, television, on video and film.  Viral messaging moves imagesContinue reading “Change the Culture :: Tell the Story”

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