Monthly Archives: April 2012

Still Singing for Whales

I visit Scott McVay in his art-filled home, nestled in the woods, to talk about his new book of poetry, Whales Sing and Other Exuberances. He and his wife Hella immediately take off talking about bats. Excitedly, they take me … Continue reading

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The Quinoa Quandary

Ten years ago, few of us had heard of quinoa, let alone knew how to pronounce it (KEEN-wah). Now it’s touted as a healthful source of amino acids (proteins) and minerals, ideal for vegetarians and those on a gluten-free diet. … Continue reading

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Letting Off Steam

When world-renowned architect Michael Graves was growing up in Indianapolis, he would draw all the time. To spare him the life of a starving artist, his mother suggested he pursue a career in either engineering or architecture. First, she told … Continue reading

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Illuminating Data

A recent New York Times article on the deluge of data  described the office of the future – alive and well on some desks today – where three monitors, with as many as 10 tabs open on each, are the … Continue reading

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Consider the Pineapple

When Anne Q. McKeown and I arrive at her Brooklyn high rise, with a sweeping view of the eastern part of the borough, artist Emna Zghal offers us something to drink: coffee, tea, or would we like something Tunisian? Definitely … Continue reading

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