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Peregrination

Treehuggin’ in Hangzhou

Elderly trees bent over, dipping their branches into the water. The trunks filled with something resembling concrete, filling hollows like filling cavities. Heavy wood posts supporting the tree where it extends horizontally over the water’s edge. Clearly, the trees around West Lake  ...

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Philology

Abjads, abugidas, and alphabets

Many years ago, I read a wonderful book titled “Book of the Hopi” by Frank Waters. Well, I read the first half of the book. The book described how the tribes split apart and traveled the four directions, and then met up at the center of the universe, Third Mesa, Arizona. The tribes  ...

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Peregrination

Seduced by Stairs

Despite being afraid of heights, I feel an intense urge to climb every staircase I encounter. I’ve climbed stairs to walk along the ledge of the Musegg Wall in Lucerne. I climbed to the roof of the Alcazaba at the Alhambra in Granada. I took the dome tour at St. Peter’s Basilica in  ...

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Building Design

Why exterior insulation?

Many cities and states are adopting energy codes which require buildings to have an inch or two of exterior insulation. Most people are aware that putting more or better insulation in the cavity space of the exterior walls of a house or building can reduce the cost to heat and cool the  ...

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Building Design

Palacio Dar al-Horro

Palacio Dar al-Horro was the last house tour of my visit to Granada. The last day of my trip, at the end of an entire week of sightseeing in Granada – yes, I bought tickets for the Alhambra for two days – yes, I’m an architectural junkie. So, tired, I arrived at the Palacio.  ...

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Peregrination

Titeres de Francisco Peralta

While I was visiting Segovia, Spain, I stumbled upon the Coleccion de Titeres de Francisco Peralta, tucked away in the upper floors of the Puerto de Santiago. Of course, it was closed the day I stumbled upon it, but I wandered back the next day when it was open. The museum houses puppets from  ...

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