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The Pig Who Tours the U.S. Reading to Children – Atlas Obscura

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***Transforming Education Series: Animals in Aid of Reading***

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Courtesy of Eric Carle

          This story made my morning–a man’s work supporting literacy in kids that is both a Beacon of Hope and embodies the power of one to make a difference. For sixteen years a man and his pigs have been traveling across the United States to encourage children to read. It will make your day, too. Thank you, Atlas Obscura!

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Source: The Pig Who Tours the U.S. Reading to Children – Atlas Obscura

 

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Courtesy of Eric Carle Picture Book Art Museum

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Las Cuevas de las Manos (Cave of Hands) – Lago Buenos Aires, Argentina – Atlas Obscura

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***Learning from the Past Series: Symbolic Importance of Hands***

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          The hand is a powerful symbol of thought and action, from ancient cave paintings to contemporary children celebrating their accomplishments in art.  The hand is also one of the symbols in the philosophical foundation of my work–that all human development occurs at the intersection of playing, making, and knowing. This post from Atlas Obscura introduces the hands of the ancient cave paintings of Argentina. If you are in the area, visit!

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Source: Las Cuevas de las Manos (Cave of Hands) – Lago Buenos Aires, Argentina – Atlas Obscura

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Pittaki Street – Athens, Greece – Atlas Obscura

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***Transforming Communities Series: Placemaking in Athens, Greece***

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          I am a devoted fan of placemaking in communities and the placemaking movement around the world. The Project for Public Spaces is an organization that fosters this approach in making small, incremental, and doable transformations to make small areas of a community more people-friendly. Most communities get into placemaking through the ideas and actions of local people who see a need and fill it. Pittaki Street in Athens is a shining example of locals working together to make a dingy and dangerous street a hive of activity and enjoyment. Since this post is all about light, the featured images here are from Little Sun, the art form and solar energy model created by Olafur Eliasson.

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Source: Pittaki Street – Athens, Greece – Atlas Obscura

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Why Did Medieval Artists Give Elephants Trunks That Look Like Trumpets? | Atlas Obscura

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***Just Because It’s Fascinating Series: Medieval Illustrations***

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           I like to share interesting essays with you every so often. Some of you know that I am a Renaissance scholar with a deep interest in illustrated books. This essay from Atlas Obscura about elephants is a perfect read for a mid-February Valentine’s day. The featured images are all Shakpeseare quotations from the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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“Maybe not just because they didn’t know what elephants looked like.”

Source: Why Did Medieval Artists Give Elephants Trunks That Look Like Trumpets? | Atlas Obscura

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Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

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The Highbrow Struggles of Translating Modern Children’s Books Into Latin | Atlas Obscura

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Dr. Seuss in Latin, Of Course Of Course!

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Courtesy of Eric Carle

Courtesy of Eric Carle

            As a former Latin teacher, I just couldn’t resist sharing this gem from Atlas Obscura. Today’s post will tell you about Dr. Seuss and others now in the language of Virgil and Cicero. Eric Carle, whose images grace these pages has, so far as I know, not been translated yet–although his work may be found in most modern languages.

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“What’s the best way to translate Dr. Seuss’ works in a dead language?”

Source: The Highbrow Struggles of Translating Modern Children’s Books Into Latin | Atlas Obscura

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Courtesy of Eric Carle

Courtesy of Eric Carle

Courtesy of Eric Carle

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A Year in Discovery: The 58 Greatest Finds of 2016 | Atlas Obscura

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Fascinating Discoveries of 2016, Did You Know?…

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Courtesy of Dali Museum

          It is always fascinating to read end of the year reviews. Atlas Obscura offers us the gift of what it calls the “greatest finds” of 2016. Check it out–is there anything not here you would add? Enjoy the interactive map!

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“From bog butter to a ghost octopus, here’s an interactive map of the year’s best discoveries.”

Source: A Year in Discovery: The 58 Greatest Finds of 2016 | Atlas Obscura

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How Alchemy Has Been Depicted in Art Through the Ages | Atlas Obscura

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Alchemy Transformed Into Two Areas of Scientific Exploration, Chemistry & Psychology:

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          Alchemy was an important area of scientific study and experiment in Medieval and Renaissance periods. As in all scientific areas, the journey of alchemy was complex and emerged in modern times in the sciences of chemistry and psychology. As a Renaissance scholar I was, and continue to be, fascinated by both ancient and more modern illustrations of alchemical processes. Atlas Obscura brings us a fascinating series of illustrated manuscripts and books about this intriguing science. Enjoy this feast for the mind and the eyes. Check out the exhibition at the Getty Research Institute in California.

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“Secret symbols aplenty.”

Source: How Alchemy Has Been Depicted in Art Through the Ages | Atlas Obscura

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Lose Yourself in 12 of the Most Extraordinary Labyrinths Ever Built | Atlas Obscura

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Labyrinths and Mazes Are Not the Same, Explore Both:

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Courtesy of Paths of Peace

          I love Atlas Obscura–it is a treasure chest of the unusual and thought-provoking. In this post are both labyrinths–peaceful and relaxing to the troubled spirit–and mazes, which can challenge the intellect and the sense of direction–as well provoke fear and uncertainty. We are now in a maze and in desperate need of a labyrinth. The images on the post are all labyrinths from Paths of Peace, a Minnesota company that designs and installs labyrinths.

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“Step inside and try not to get lost.”

Source: Lose Yourself in 12 of the Most Extraordinary Labyrinths Ever Built | Atlas Obscura

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How to Keep a Zibaldone, the 13th Century’s Answer to Tumblr | Atlas Obscura

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Visual Journals Are Ancient and Ever New:

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Courtesy of Artwell Art Therapy

Courtesy of Artwell Art Therapy

       I just had to share this wonderful essay from Atlas Obscura, one of my new favorite resources. Keeping visual journals is becoming ever more popular in art therapy circles and with those looking for ways to live a more thoughtful life. The “Zilbadone” invented by Venetian merchants is probably the original visual journal; Leonardo’s Notebooks the most famous ones. Whether you keep a visual journal or not, enjoy this journey into the history of a very useful practice.

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“After their invention by Venetian merchants, forms of these books were kept by everyone from H.P. Lovecraft to Thomas Jefferson.”

Source: How to Keep a Zibaldone, the 13th Century’s Answer to Tumblr | Atlas Obscura

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Courtesy of Artwell Art Therapy

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