Guqin music – 无羁 (Wu Ji) One of my 2021 New Year’s resolutions is to write a blog post each month. There’s been so many topics popping up that I’ve been struggling all month to settle upon anything concrete to write about. There are days when it feels humanity is falling apart at the seams. In the end I decide… Continue reading Guqin music – 无羁 (Wu Ji)

Reflections, Travels

Cumberland Island – History meets modernity

Large areas of Cumberland Island were deeded to the National Parks Foundation by members or heirs of the Carnegie family in 1971. Other lands in private ownership were purchased with funds provided by the Mellon Foundation and Congress, and in 1972 Cumberland Island was designated a national seashore. A small number of property owners still… Continue reading Cumberland Island – History meets modernity

Reflections, Travels

Cumberland Island – Return to Wilderness

Cumberland Island is the largest of the over 100 Sea Islands off the coast of Southeastern United States stretching from the mouths of the Santee and St. Johns Rivers across South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. These barrier islands help mitigate the immense energy of ocean waves and protect the inner coastlines against erosion. Facing the Atlantic… Continue reading Cumberland Island – Return to Wilderness

Reflections, Travels

Conservation Matters at the Columbus Zoo

It's fascinating sometimes how truly small this world is and how various strands intersect in unexpected ways. This story commences in January last year (2017) with me casually browsing through the New Yorker, reading articles that catch my eye. Yes, I still read the paper version of newspapers and magazine - there's just something about… Continue reading Conservation Matters at the Columbus Zoo


Legendary tracks – Churchill Downs

Despite the fact that wagering on races has risen in recent years, there is no denying that overall horse racing viewership and attendance has been in decline since the latter half of the 20th century. Haven grown up relatively close to Saratoga Springs, my parents brought me to the tracks as a kid and I… Continue reading Legendary tracks – Churchill Downs


Artist’s Refuge – Noguchi Museum

The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, housed on the grounds of a former gas station and photogravure plant, was designed by Noguchi himself and opened to the public in 1985 on a seasonal basis. Born in 1907, Noguchi's artistic career spanned six decades starting in the early 1920s and continuing until his death in 1988. He… Continue reading Artist’s Refuge – Noguchi Museum


Covergence of the Seasons

Temperatures hovered around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, proclaiming a beautiful spring day. The last thing I expected to see was...ICE? My eyes do a double take as I pass under Minelot Falls and spot the large broken chunks of white. Recalling to mind mini glaciers, these stalwarts of winter silently stood against the rushing water, overlooking… Continue reading Covergence of the Seasons