Marginalia

   I love a broad margin of my life. … Sometimes I sat from sunrise til noon … in undisturbed solitude and stillness. … I grew those seasons like corn in the night. – Henry David Thoreau .    … what kind of cultural enlightenment will it take for us to say that we value…

A Room of One’s Own

Van Bo Le-Mentzel: housing is a universal human right The One-SQM-House is designed by Berlin-based architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel. Le-Mentzel, a Laos native, fled his home country as a refugee and has dedicated his life to examining the meaning of home and the importance of having at least one square meter of personal space. Van Bo has asked:…

it is a great art to saunter

If I were to describe Olivia Laing’s To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface in one word, I would call it slentrende, which is a Norwegia word for saunting: A verb of unconfirmed origin, saunter means to “walk with a leisurely gait.” As a noun, saunter describes that leisurely gait. Henry David Thoreau once said “it is a great…

When women were birds …

Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.  Terry Tempest Williams *   *   *  Only that day…