Today is Skyscraper Day.
From the Chrysler Building to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, engineers and architects continue to reach for the stars.
Steel along with elevators are key ingredients. Afterall, who would (or even could) climb all those stairs. And the windows! It takes 3 months to clean all of the 24,000 windows of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the worlds tallest (at 2,722') skyscraper. Once they are done, they start all over again.
Watch a video of how it's done here.
Striking photos of the world's skyscrapers can be seen here, each with a pull-down menu of fact and figures.
Caution, just watching or looking may cause vertigo!
Calendar of Days: The Senior PGA Championship, relax to the whisper of televised golf.
Marguerite d'Youville / Sisters of Charity
The Bates Bobcat / Bates College
This morning I conducted a workshop for the great folks up at SeniorsPlus in Lewiston, Maine. We had an enthusiastic group of 15 who made me feel welcome and added so much to the success of the workshop by participating in the discussion and asking lots of interesting questions.
The workshop was titled "Rediscovering Local Landmarks, A Look at Portland's Longfellow Statue."
In the workshop we covered:
1) ways to rediscover, find, and research statues in your community;
2) Longfellow and his poetry;
3) digging down - the interesting things you'll discover;
4) the artist/sculptor Franklin Simmons, and finally;
5) how to use the information you uncover
The workshop ended with an exercise in black-out poetry. Austen Kleon's book "Newspaper Blackout" was the inspiration, and is a nice introduction to the topic.
Using one of Longfellow's shorter poems, participants created a black-out poem, and I was so impressed and excited with what people came up with. Five people read their poems out loud to the group . . . a big thank you for being brave and sharing!
Before heading to Lewiston for the workshop, I was curious about what statues were in the community. Making it a half-day road trip last Saturday, we drove up to Lewiston, found a few gems, and had a great lunch at DaVinci's. Below are two of our favorite finds.
If you're curious about the statues in your community, do what we did, set out and take a closer look and see where it takes you:
Using Longfellow as an example, there is of course poetry. If you like to read, grab a book of poetry—or try writing some of your own (if you're unsure where to begin, try the black-out method). With Longfellow's Paul Revere's Ride you might revisit a period in American history. Read his epic poem Evangeline, and you'll learn more about the expulsion of the French from the Maritime provinces of Quebec. Are you a stamp collector? Longfellow is featured on two stamps.
Rediscovering local landmarks is a great project for writers, photographers, historians, artists, and anyone who might be curious about what they represent. We hope you'll get out and rediscover the landmarks in your community.
TOOLS of THE TRADE: Workshop Materials
Popped a button? Drooping hemline? These little kits provide the essentials when you need to stitch yourself back together — provided of course you know how to thread a needle and run a few stitches.
TOOLS of THE TRADE: Rulers
Measure Twice, Cut Once - It's a maxim that can be applied to so many things: carpentry of course, but also sewing, baking, model-making, hiking, or your next move. . . anything that requires attention. Sure it helps with measurements, but it also translates to double checking your supplies, your gear, your equipment. Check it off your list, and check it again. Read through the directions once, and once more. You might have missed something.
Because when we're rushed, eager to get going, or over confident, we're not focused. And it's times like that when we need to be sure . . . when we most need to measure twice, cut once.
Calendar of Days: Today is Twilight Zone Day, where things are not what they seem. Episodes of The Twilight Zone, a popular 1959 television show are available online . . . the opening credits set the tone for what's to come . . .
If you think coloring is just for kids, here's something to consider. Illustrator Johanna Basford's coloring book Secret Garden climbed to the top of the bestseller list on Amazon, got a mention in the New York Times, and is selling out around the world—to adults, for adults.
TOOLS of THE TRADE: Colored Pencils
I re-discovered coloring a few years back with the Charley Harper Coloring Book of Birds. Coloring as a child was relaxing, and it is as an adult. The biggest difference? Sophisticated designs and colored pencils!
Calendar of Days: Today is Batman Day, can you name three of Gotham City's most notorious villains?