China

by Yi Huang

One of my earliest memories as a toddler was being whisked away on an airplane and reunited with my parents in a foreign country.  All that I understood of my future home was there would be a yard and lots of orange juice - that was enough to convince my 5-year-old self.  I was too young to remember much of my... Read More

04/26/18

Sublime Acts of Poetic Imagination – Two Projects of Luis Barragán

by Alex Colucci

In his 1980 Pritzker Architecture Prize acceptance speech, Luis Barragán said: “It is alarming that publications devoted to architecture have banished from their pages the words Beauty, Inspiration, Magic, Spellbound, Enchantment, as well as the concepts of Serenity, Silence, Intimacy and Amazement.” He went o... Read More

04/19/18

Beekeeping

by Margie Lavender

I’ve long had a fascination with social insects, species that live in colonies, manifest group integration, division of labor, and overlap of generations. It all started with the book The Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration, an intriguing read about the cooperation and communication of th... Read More

01/11/18

Randyland

by Dora Dmitriev

Over the holiday break I took a trip to Pittsburgh, PA to visit my friend. The freezing temperatures made exploring Pittsburgh unpleasant, so we tried to stay indoors as much as possible. However, one outdoor attraction made bearing the cold worthwhile. Hug Robot at Randyland entranceWithin an average looking neig... Read More

01/04/18

Hassan II Mosque

by Dora Dmitriev

Before visiting Morocco last month, I had a very hard time deciding which cities to visit in just a week. Everything I read hinted that Casablanca was one of the more disappointing cities to see in Morocco as its name (associated with the award-winning 1942 movie) carried a lot of weight and romanticized the city. Funn... Read More

12/14/17

Manitoga

by Margie Lavender

Another day, another scintillating exploration of the Hudson Valley, this time to Manitoga, Russel Wright’s home and studio built on the rock ledge of an old quarry. View of the Hudson from nearby Cold Spring. Reminds me of a Japanese wood block print.Russel Wright was one of the best known designers of the 19... Read More

12/07/17

Jardin Majorelle

by Dora Dmitriev

As you turn onto the Rue Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, Morocco, you hear many different languages coming from the line of tourists waiting to enter the Jardin Majorelle. The famous garden was started in 1923 when artist Jacques Majorelle bought a four-acre plot of land on the border of a palm grove. Eventually Majore... Read More

11/30/17

The Azores

by Yi Huang

Recently, I had the chance to travel to the Azores, a volcanic island chain located roughly 1,600 miles west of Lisbon, Portugal.  Far away from the streets of continental Portugal, the Azores felt like a snapshot of a time long past - a simpler life.  Although known more for its lush greenery and yearlong mi... Read More

11/16/17

Serafina Agriturismo

by Joe Carline

800 feet above the Gulf of Salerno in the town of Furore, Italy, sits Serafina Agriturismo, a stunning family run farm and Inn. Farmhouse Serafina began as a working farm with a side business of catering to hungry trekkers looking for lunch. It is now a full B&B and agricultural tourism destination.Once you find the... Read More

10/26/17

Maze Man

by Dora Dmitriev

With crisper, more fall-like weather upon us, one starts to think of all the great fall activities to enjoy. A popular activity that comes to mind are corn mazes. Mazes are an entertaining form of recreation. They ultimately give us the same feeling we had from childhood games-they bring about our curiosity and awa... Read More

10/12/17

Key West

by Ashley Walton

After the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma, it is great to hear that the Florida Keys will officially reopen to tourists on Sunday October 1st.  While some areas still need more time to recover, the Keys are reopening 3 weeks earlier than expected. I was very lucky to have experienced the Keys earlier this year... Read More

09/28/17

Total Eclipse Seeking in Missouri

by Margie Lavender

This summer I journeyed to middle America, in the path of the total eclipse of the sun. A longtime family friend who spends part of her summer each year at her family home in Windsor, Missouri invited us to join her for the occasion. Both small town Missouri and the celestial event greatly exceeded my expectations. It w... Read More

09/14/17