East/West Calligraphy in Venezia

I haven’t been diligent about posting on my blog. Perhaps the new year will inspire me. We had an a wonderful workshop in Venezia for a week. Luckily the workshop ended on Sunday before the horrific flooding in the region on Tuesday. I returned there from Vicenza on Wednesday to see the heartbreaking damage. Perhaps … Read more

Berkeley Art Museum

Last Sunday in coordination with the Meditation in Motion exhibit at the Berkeley Museum Kazuaki Tanahashi came and did a calligraphy demonstration and a short lesson in calligraphy. As always Tanahashi Sensei is a memorable example of what can be done if one practices the art. For those of you interested more experience to this … Read more

Healing through art.

It has been some time since I’ve blogged from my website and I apologize for that. I will make an effort from here forward to blog about events that are taking place in the calligraphic world. As of this moment I am on a personal artistic journey chronicling my healing journey from spinal surgery. I … Read more

Rest in peace Lafcadio Hearn

After the tumultuous events of his childhood, leaving Lafcadio blind in one eye, his adopted family has not forgotten him in Ireland. The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Tramore are a tribute to his life adventures.  The gardens, in a town that held some of the happier times of his youth, capture the breadth of … Read more

Thatching around the world

Thatching is an environmentally friendly way to put a roof over your head. It is done with local materials and lasts a surprising long time. As in most places thatch was replaced with conventional roofing to show status, get rid of the bugs that live within thatch or to appease the insurance company. Some samples … Read more

Giants Causeway

The Giants Causeway located in Antrim is a result of volcanic activity 50 to 60 million years ago. I wondered why it didn’t look like the lava fields in Hawaii. It isn’t just because Hawaii is a relatively young lava flow, it is the age, composition of minerals and water conditions that make it look … Read more