Devils Tower

Two summers ago, I hiked around the base of an iconic multicultural landmark in the northeastern corner of Wyoming. Skirting shattered rock that surrounded the monolith like ancient ruins, I met no devil in any guise whatsoever; no storied Lakota maidens scrambling to the summit in desperate evasion of grizzlies; and my only encounters of

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Nameworthy

The ongoing argument regarding the hierarchy of form vs. function is, in this case, reduced to absolute superfluity. The Tufted Coquette – a hummingbird whose name is not only delightful and perfect, but easily could have been lifted from a Lou Reed lyric. Somewhat rare, small populations have nonetheless been found in Brazil, Venezuela, Trinidad

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Spomeniks

Spomenik – Tjentište (photo credit Jan Kempenaers) Scattered throughout the magnificent landscapes of the former Yugoslavia, massive concrete monuments stand in ghostly homage to a nation’s suffering and resistance. More than a million citizens – 6.3% of the population – were killed in the Nazi invasion and occupation of WWII. Most died fighting back or

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The Fallen: A D-Day Memorial Art Installation

Photo Credit: Sandinyoureye http://www.sandinyoureye.co.uk In September of 2013, U.K. artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss created a haunting gesture of remembrance on the beaches of Normandy. With the help of volunteers numbering in the hundreds, 9,000 silhouettes were stenciled into the sands of the D-Day invasion beachheads. The undertaking was called “The Fallen”, and it

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