Peace on Earth?

Raising three sons with a similar commitment to attachment style parenting, which means a lot of close physical touch through kangaroo carrying packs, extended breastfeeding, eye-contact, family beds, large extended circles of adults, close community bonding, homeschooling, unschooling…there is a lot to see in evidence.

Innovation at the dinner table?

This is a story of family and ideas…of a dad, Alan Kingstone,  who was researching how humans related to the eyes/faces of others….when his son suggested that by putting the eyes OFF the face, he could better judge if it was the face or the eyes attracting us to shift our gaze. How so? Well, […]

Do you love Bucky as much as I love Bucky?

I attended my first American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention in 1976, the bicentennial year, set in Philadelphia.

The true highlight of the meeting was the opportunity to hear R. Buckminster Fuller speak.

His lecture was held in the historic Furness Building of the Philadelphia Fine Arts Academy (a work of art itself), full of patterning in the same way Bucky’s Geodesic Domes repeated a sense of order greater than itself.===

Israeli Invents Cardboard Bike!

Israeli Invents Cardboard Bike! Creativity counts!  It’s exciting when you see someone take a resource such as recycled corrugated cardboard and create bikes out of it.  Folding the board in a particular way gives it great strength and then a coating (resin?) makes it waterproof.  A final coat of paint makes it spiffy…  He plans […]

Engineering Infallability

In local issues related to new sewers, river restoration projects, road design, bridges and dams, we turn to the engineering consultants with that same unquestionable focus we used to bestow upon doctors. “Well, that’s what the engineer says”, becomes the standard answer when you challenge a civic decision, even when so-called common sense lights the warning lights.

Creating place on a small scale–

As I write this I am sitting on a lovely covered porch perched over the Boardman River in Traverse City, Michigan.  It is my home of the  moment.  It’s actually a coffee shop/cafe called Morsels.  I recommend it for the atmosphere alone…. A home of the moment.  This speaks of many things– place making at […]