Category Archives: art

Bringing equality in the sky – “The Powder Puff Derby of 1929”

This excellent book by author Gene Nora Jessen chronicles the first Women’s National Air Race. Starting in Santa Monica, California, these 19 female aviation pioneers raced to Cleveland, Ohio a mere two months before the Stock Market Crash and the … Continue reading

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The “Pleasantvilles” of America

A search of the internet identified 17 different variations of “pleasant” being used in the naming of a city or town in the United States. Needless to say, the use of “pleasant” as part of a place-name is meant to … Continue reading

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Urban design without fake plastic signs

In many communities across the country, commercial signage seems to be employed in a manner that appears more appropriate in Las Vegas, Times Square, or in this Radiohead video for the song Fake Plastic Trees, rather than on businesses fronting Main Street. … Continue reading

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What’s your choice for New Zealand’s new flag

And then there were four. Here are the four finalists for New Zealand’s new flag. Personally, of these I prefer the top left, which essentially retains the colors and the Southern Cross star system from the New Zealand’s current flag … Continue reading

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Soaring into aviation history aboard the Southern Cross

Those of us who grow up in the United States tend to get taught a largely American-centric view of world history. Not to say that is bad or that the same thing doesn’t happen elsewhere, but given our diverse, melting … Continue reading

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“The Magic of Belle Isle” is truly enchanting

I am constantly amazed by the excellent films one can find on Netflix. Beyond that, I am also amazed at how out-of-touch some movie critics are. The Magic of Belle Isle is an enchanting charmer (released in 2012) which stars … Continue reading

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TC is “Totally Cool”

There are certain cities that immediately exude a cool or hip vibe the very moment you arrive. I call this the “it factor,” as in you just know it and feel it as soon as you get there. It may be … Continue reading

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