Soreq Cave: A masterpiece of Nature


“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration” -Claude Monet Back in 1987, while living in Israel and working for the George S. Wise institute of Life Science at the University of Tel Aviv, I was invited to spend a weekend of adventure at a Kibbutz in central Israel. My host,…

Jellyfishes: Terrifying Beauties


“From nearly microscopic tinkerbells to golden giants whose bells loom larger than beach umbrellas, you couldn’t dream up more exotic jellies than already exists” -Nora Danes, Jellies Living Art And terrifying they are, particularly if you happen to be swimming in the ocean and finding one or more pulsating their way in the water right…

2010 in review


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com 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 Wow. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s. In…

Catalan Modernisme: In Search of a National Architecture


“The straight line belongs to man, the curved line belongs to God” -Antoni Gaudí Since the very beginning, even before the actual word was coined, architecture has been influenced by nature. Whether leveraging existing resources like caves to protect ourselves from the elements, to using the universal laws of physics that govern everything in this…

There is Always a Dog…


“Of all the animals, surely the dog is the only one that really shares our life, helps in our work, and has a place in our recreation. It is the only one that becomes so fond of us that sometimes it cannot go on living after its master dies” -Fernand Mercy   As I mentioned…

To Philadelphia with Love


“Let every man or woman here, if you never hear me again, remember this,that if you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and with what you are. He who would be great anywhere must first be great in his own Philadelphia.” -Russel H. Conwell 1843-1925 Many years ago I…

The Snake and The Firefly


I always loved fables, and I thought I would be familiar with most of them, but today I read this fable which was completely new to me. I checked to see if it belonged to the one of my favorite fable writes, La Fontaine or Aesop but I could not find it anywhere. The funny…

Gorillas, The Gentle Giants


“When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate on the preservation of the future.” -Dian Fossey         I find very interesting that some of the biggest animals on earth are also the kindest; whales, giraffes, elephants -when not in a bad mood- and…