Monthly archives of “June 2014

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Baltic bounty

              Riga ranks high on my to-travel list. And I shan’t wait: the European Union has dubbed the largest Baltic city the European Capital of Culture for 2014, a designation that finds the capital flush with cultural events. With… Read More

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Ole olart

                                                          If I were bound for Brazil, I would forgo packing football jerseys for sneakers so that… Read More

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Long form

  While making my summer reading list, I stumbled upon the Long Room, an 18th century jewel at Trinity College Dublin. Stretching some 215 feet in length, the barrel-vaulted reading room stocks the 200,000 oldest tomes in the library, an exclusive list considering the library… Read More

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Pine dream

                I woke at sunrise (dog’s doing) craving a porch where I could cuddle in a sweater (mountain mornings bite) with a short stack of books and a carafe of coffee (and of course, the aforementioned pup, restlessness… Read More

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Over the coals

            Iowa stands in good stead vis-à-vis the new federal goal to significantly cut power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions by 2030; already, the Hawkeye State has curbed its carbon emissions by shifting from coal to wind power. To applaud Iowa’s… Read More

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Tall order

                A monumental mirage began with a memory. The former Emir of Qatar shared a childhood snapshot with sculptor Richard Serra – of antelope gathering on a gypsum plateau in the western Qatari desert. During the year Serra… Read More

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B(u)ildungsroman

                                          A building sheathed in fabric conjures a Christo and Jeanne Claude creation. So thought photographer Peter Steinhauer when he deplaned in Hong Kong and… Read More

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Play me

              A grand piano is beached on the Manhattan shore of the East River beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, lodged in sand, submerged at high tide. New Yorkers are perplexed: not part of a previous art installation, the piano appeared… Read More