CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE; REMEMBER WHY WE CELEBRATE JULY 4TH.​

One of Thomas Jefferson’s last letters was written on June 24, 1826, declining the invitation from the Mayor of Washington, DC to join a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. All three surviving signers of the Declaration declined the Mayor’s invitation due to their poor health. Jefferson was 83, …

GAMBOGE YELLOW, A COLOR WITH SOME POTTY HUMOR, I MEAN HISTORY​

Have you ever heard of the yellow known as Gamboge? According to Kassia St. Clair in The Secret Livesof Color (Penguin Books c. 2016), “Gamboge is the solidified sap of Garcinia trees, and comes primarilyfrom Cambodia, or Camboja as it was once known, which is how Gamboge got its name.” Here in New England, when we think of the …

WHY DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION? INCLUSION MAKES FOR DIVERSITY, WHICH MAKES FOR SUSTAINABILITY​

Nature in its purest form is a great model for how to make life sustainable, circle of life, and so on.  Early humans lived a nomadic life as they followed the natural abundance of food as those food sources changed seasonally. They hunted, fished and gathered plants and nuts, but rarely settled into villages. Growing …

INNOVATION THROUGH CURIOSITY, RESILIENCE AND PERSISTENCE​: A LOOK AT THE LIFE OF THOMAS EDISON

Curiosity is having an intense interest in how things work and interact with other things, what things do  and don’t do, and in general knowledge about anything.  A curious person wants to learn more about  things and isn’t satisfied with a cursory overview of something. A curious person is rarely bored. Resilience is the ability to bounce …

CAN WE CAPTURE ENOUGH CARBON IN ORDER TO SAVE THE PLANET?​

Can we capture enough CARBON in order to save the planet? Here’s an update on capturing carbon in order to mitigate climate change consequences. Much of the following information is based on the fascinating article by Jeff Johnson for C&EN (Chemical and Engineering News) February 25th 2019 titled Capturing Carbon: Can it save us? “We …

2019 TRENDS

Everywhere I look, I see an article about trends, either past tense; “what we saw as trends in 2018;” or future tense: “What will we see as trends in 2019.” Here are some that I actually clicked on (aargh, this is embarrassing); Trends for bathrooms (wall to wall mirrors) Trends for meditation (just do it!) Trends for …