Thursday, September 25

Desert gardening

I learn a lot from John Kohler -- even when he's not talking desert gardening. This episode, featuring the home and gardens of April Asher, is in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sunday, September 14

The Roslings on global knowledge

Hans Rosling is always fun and engaging. His son, Ola, is a chip off the old block.

Friday, September 12

Coke bicycle project


Yes, it's a Coca-Cola commercial. But you've got to give them credit when they give back to the community in ways that potentially make a real difference. Coca-Cola has a long history of identification with bicycles -- Coke branded bikes, bike networks, bike sharing sponsorship... This particular endeavor is a partnership with South Africa's Wildlands Conservation Trust, which already has a huge bicycle program of its own.

Thursday, September 11

The Low Line

Creative way to squeeze in some additional protected green space -- recycling what was wasted. I'm wondering, too, if some of the abandoned malls around the US couldn't be repurposed in a similar way -- perhaps creating some housing in abandoned stores opening up to enclosed green spaces. Who knows, maybe it might make sense to reintroduce some neighborhood retail activity in the midst of it all.

Wednesday, September 10

Panduri

My latest musical fascination has been with the panduri. This Georgian lute has some qualities similar to my uke lutes. If you combine the panduri with the polyphonic harmony of the singers it all feels very extraterrestrial -- like the divine liturgy in an Eastern Orthodox church -- except with instrumentation and rhythm. Lovely.

The Speaking Exchange Project

Windsor Park is one of 14 senior living communities operated by the Evangelical Covenant Church. This is an example of how retirees can continue to engage in significant mission -- even cross-culturally.

Tuesday, September 9

Do indoor plants make people happier?

My gut answer is, Duh! Of course they do! Unless they are plastic or silk or some other imitation. Faux plants give off phoniness vibes which drag people down.

Bicycle

Looking forward to seeing this -- documentary on cycling at its humble point of origin in the UK.