Tag Archives: Travel


Richard Rogers, CNN Style Guest Editor

Richard Rogers, offers his thoughts on public spaces stating, “When public spaces are eroded, our civic culture suffers, even our democracy.” Read his full article, on these honored spaces posted by CNN Style (Nov. 2016).

Thinking About Public Spaces

Embracing Temporary

Embracing Temporary

At a conference a few years ago, I met Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities: A love affair between people and their places. Of the many concepts he presented, I wanted to blog about “embracing temporary.” I work in many small communities with big hearts and passionate volunteers. Sometimes outside factors create barriers to a great tourism idea or related project. Raising funds and implementing large projects can take months or even years. I want to encourage community leaders to look for alternative solutions until  money or other resources can be identified. By finding new ways to approach the planning process it will allow these ideas, people an spaces to keep the momentum. Over the next week I will blog about temporary ideas for my readers to consider in their community. To be continued…

Image captured online, Peter Kageyama-author

Traveling History

Image by Nation  Geographic (February 2014)

Image by Nation Geographic (February 2014)

Classic, historical architecture has the ability to command attention. These buildings create the iconic skylines etched throughout our travels.

In honor of their creators, I would like to re-introduce a few of these historical resources in a mini series. The first stop is Brunelleschi’s Dome in Florence Italy. Learn more about innovation, rivalry and ultimately perseverance in NatGeo’s article,  Il Duomo (February 2014).

Travel & Reading

Image by Arriba. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons' licensing.

Image by Arriba. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons’ licensing.

Think about the ways in which travel shapes our lives?

  • It is an escape.
  • It requires us to let go while others are at the helm.
  • It expands self concept.
  • It allows us to experience the exquisiteness and at times, the degradation of the world around us.

In a recent article in Book Riot, the author Jeremy Anderberg, binds these same contextual ideologies of travel with the literary world. Click here to read his full article, Reading as Travel (October 2013.)


Map Making Resources

Image by Curran. Kelleher. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons' licensing.

Image by Curran. Kelleher. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons’ licensing.

I am not sure if it’s my passion for travel or the trained geographer in me, but, I am drawn to maps. The weathered, even torn, vintage variety seems to have the strongest allure for me.

A new take on an old classic are digital maps. So when I ran across a post by Open Education Database (OEDb), I knew I wanted to pass it on to my readers.  This summer, OEDb created a link for “Do-It-Youselfers” to 20 free open source tools and data resources to help non-GIS (Geographic Information Systems) users, create maps. Click here to begin!