Category Archives: art

Reese Witherspoon goes “Wild” on the big screen

Five of us had the chance to see the movie depiction of Cheryl Strayed’s marvelous book Wild last night. While film adaptations of books can sometimes be disappointing, in this case the effort done to accurately represent the book by … Continue reading

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Review of “American Chinatown, A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods”

In American Chinatown, author Bonnie Tsui has written a compelling and reflective historical account of five Chinatowns in the United States. But, what truly brings this text to life are the lives and experiences of those residents who she interviews … Continue reading

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The visual wit of Ian Lockwood

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the Michigan Association of Planning’s Transportation Bonanza 6. Among the stellar list of speakers was Ian Lockwood, P.E. of Toole Design Group. He gave a terrific presentation entitled “Prepare for the Biggest Paradigm Shift … Continue reading

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Eight awesome bridges of Vietnam

Above and below are impressive bridge photographs of seven of the ten most popular bridges of Vietnam, plus one other beautiful one that I found on Trip Advisor.com. While all of them are intriguing in their own special way, it … Continue reading

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Get in, get rich, and get out – Review of “Boom, Bust, Boom”

Bill Carter pens this excellent book (Boom, Bust, Boom) from the perspective of a parent and resident of a former mining town on the intrinsic value and many vices of copper and its enormous impact on our everyday lives. We, as … Continue reading

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Where to become immersed in spa-town arts

Here’s a list of 15 towns in the US and Canada that were founded at the site of a mineral spring, a resort spa, or a hot water spring, and which now have also developed an active art community. They range from secluded mountain … Continue reading

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Taking cute “Penguins” to the next level

Saw the Penguins of Madagascar movie over the holiday weekend. While no Oscar contender, this fun and charming film is enjoyable for kids and adults alike. As usual, the spy-based humor, visual gags, and word play are a delight, just … Continue reading

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