Visiting the Louvre (Online)

Remote work-life began for me on March 16th 2020 in Minnesota, United States. Life as we knew it ended. In slow motion time cycles globally, many of our institutions closed. Alongside the shock and grieving for the tragic illness and death due to COVID-19 that continues across the globe with the United States at the…

Driftless/Drifting: Community Design in Times of Rapid Adaptation

Before the COVID-19 crisis unfolded in the United States in March 2020, Design for Community Resilience (DCR) – a program I lead at the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota – began work in January on a project with partners, UMN Extension’s Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, for the community of…

(COVID-19) Shutdowns and/or Startups

As the world rearranges itself in the face of the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) I notice two dominant themes. One is the remarkable, rather, shocking, shutdown of things as they have been – events, offices, stores and whole countries on lockdown/curfew/shelter-in-place in an attempt to ‘flatten the curve.’ Decisions and actions that…

Illusion and/or Reality 

My interest in the Silk Road and related topics led me recently to watch two series  – remarkably grand productions – on Netflix, “The Story of the Buddha”, a production from India, and “Marco Polo” a production from Hollywood. Both made a deep impression on me. Each told a story of historical periods, the first,…

Art Collab: Week 5

(The artist’s journey may be solitary on one hand but it thrives on camaraderie and inspired company. Cecilia Ramon is an artist and dear friend and we are continuing our collaborative exploration together. Every week that we can, one of us will send the other some inspiration in the form of an excerpt from a…

Art Collab: Week 4

The artist’s journey may be solitary on one hand but it thrives on camaraderie and inspired company. Cecilia Ramon is an artist and dear friend and we are continuing our collaborative exploration together. Every week that we can, one of us will send the other some inspiration in the form of an excerpt from a…

Art Collab: Week 3

The artist’s journey may be solitary on one hand but it thrives on camaraderie and inspired company. Cecilia Ramon is an artist and dear friend and we are continuing our collaborative exploration together. Every week that we can, one of us will send the other some inspiration in the form of an excerpt from a…

Art Collab: Week 2

The artist’s journey may be solitary on one hand but it thrives on camaraderie and inspired company. Cecilia Ramon is an artist and dear friend and we are embarking on a collaborative exploration together. Every week one of us will send the other some inspiration in the form of an excerpt from a poem, a…

Art Collab: Week 1

The artist’s journey may be solitary on one hand but it thrives on camaraderie and inspired company. Cecilia Ramon is an artist and dear friend and we are embarking on a collaborative exploration together. Every week one of us will send the other some inspiration in the form of an excerpt from a poem, a…