The Graduate Design Studio in Landscape & Architecture at LSU: 6 down, 91 to go (weeks, not yards… ok, ok, i know there are only 4 downs in football)

We entered the design studio on the second floor of Atkinson Hall in the middle of August when it was 90 degrees by 10am and sticky humid day and night.  What do you wear when the heat drips off you and pools behind your knees and in the creases of your arms all day?  A … Continue reading

Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour, a BBC Documentary

Short documentary on Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.  Thanks to the Imaginary Foundation (check out their blog for a multitude of interesting posts: for posting it.  Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour, a BBC Documentary. Link here: Ai Weiwei has gained popularity in the west over the past couple of years.  He has gained … Continue reading

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2010. That’s about … Continue reading

Researching Medicinal Plants in Botswana

Recently I visited the lab of a researcher at University of Botswana whose aim is to find plants that can be used to treat illnesses among humans and animals.  He showed me three different labs.  The first had small glass bottles with dark orange dried plant material in a thin film around the bottles.  He … Continue reading

party hats on BBC

BBC chose my photo for a series of pictures of African hats.  Check out the others at:

smashing plates and chongololo

i came home last night from a greek party in gaborone where bellydancers with lit silver candelabras perched on their heads danced between tables.  i saw the greek lady there who sells plants at riverwalk on the weekends.  the same lady who asked yasemin if she was greek.  when she told her she was turkish, … Continue reading

is there such thing as too much green? to see images up close

first garden-to-plate meal!

Yesterday I harvested the first batch of veg & herbs from the garden and sent it in to the kitchen ladies who prepared us an amazingly delicious bacon and avo salad.  Spinach, parsley, dill, and spring onions went into the salad and dressing.  It was a hit~ lots of people remarked on how delicious it … Continue reading

*~*~first harvest for the school kitchen~*~*

Tomorrow will be the first time that our homegrown produce will be incorporated into the school meal~ very exciting.  Available are spinach and herbs, so the kitchen ladies will be preparing a bacon, avocado, and spinach salad with herbs from the garden, as well as steamed spinach for baked potatoes.  Spring onions and parsley have … Continue reading

and a sunday

This morning I went to the Buddhist Temple down a dirt road not far from my house.  A yoga class is held at the outdoor temple Sunday mornings.  The temple is an all white structure, with simple columns, white tiled floor, and a white ceiling overhead.  On this particular morning, Lucy leads a class for … Continue reading