Category Archives: culture

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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Michigan needs a Car Czar like a hole in the head

It was recently announced that Michigan’s Governor has appointed a new Car Czar. Really? In a state that is already far too over-dependent on the automobile, we need a Car Czar to tip the scales even further towards one industry? … 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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Overcoming roadblocks to non-motorized connectivity

Much research and analysis has been conducted over the years on the numerous harmful impacts from poorly designed highway projects on the fabric of a neighborhood or a community. In some instances, cities have begun the healing process of stitching themselves back together … 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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Sharing our Thanksgiving traditions

I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving Day 2014 for several reasons. First and foremost, our families will be sharing and celebrating the holiday together for the first time. The second reason, which is also important, is we have invited … Continue reading

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It’s never too late for great music

While perusing YouTube over the weekend I came across an outstanding song and acoustic performance by the band My Chemical Romance (or MCR for short). Sadly, the band recently broke up – it figures I would discover songs from them … Continue reading

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