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FEBRUARY 2018

This annual holiday is celebrated in Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Tibet, and Vietnam. 2018 is the Year of the Earth Dog, an auspicious animal associated with loyalty and honesty. The Earth Dog represents good fortune, stability, and connection. Some traditional ways to celebrate the lunar year are wearing red (symbolizing luck), eating an orange (for a sweet start to the new year or tasty tangerines, known as the “good fortune fruit”), dining on long noodles (for longevity), and cleaning your house (getting rid of clutter to clear the path for the new year). Feng shui experts suggest the Year of the Earth Dog is an excellent time for lifestyle changes as well as a focus on truth and justice.


-Iris Brooks


Photograph © Jon H. Davis


HAPPY LUNAR  NEW YEAR 

YEAR OF THE EARTH DOG

“The world would be a nicer place

   if everyone had the ability to

love as unconditionally as a dog.”

-M. K. Clinton

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY!

FEBRUARY 21, 2018

February 21 is a world-wide observance introduced by the United Nations to promote an awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity.


If you haven’t seen our film, Languages Lost and Found: Speaking & Whistling the Mamma Tongue, narrated by William Hurt, with music by John McDowell, watch the trailer at:

https://vimeo.com/20073639


Languages Lost and Found

is distributed by Alexander Street Press and Pro Quest.


Alexanderstreet.com


MARCH 2018

ARTICLE:

MARCH ISSUE OF THE WORLD & I

“ON THE LITERARY ROAD”

By Iris Brooks

Photo & Montages By Jon H. Davis and Iris Brooks

“ON THE LITERARY ROAD”  -  EXCERPT

“If you only read the books everyone else is reading,

you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

-Haruki Murakami

What exactly is a book?

The dictionary definition is “a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.” And yet audio books are spoken rather than written, eBooks require no glue, and sacred texts in the Himalayas are not bound at all. Sometimes artful pages of a book may be folded together, without a traditional spine; others may be presented as scrolls. Books–both ancient and contemporary–along with book arts are not as standardized as you might think. They may be made of plastic, Plexiglas, concrete, and even silk.  A recent visit to Manhattan led me to explore both books and book art in an off-the-beaten path literary escape.

In New York City the pace is fast and furious; people walk quickly, speak loudly, and bustle along with seeming purpose, moving in every direction. The intensity of the city is palpable. The decibel level on the streets can be overwhelming, and for me it is not a place that encourages leisurely strolls, deep breaths, or quiet reflection. And yet that is what happens when I discover a street called Library Way, where silly, serious, and sublime quotes catch my attention.

Since the Morgan Library and Museum is such a gem, it is not surprising that its founder, who covered some of his walls with red damask silk, was literally attracted to books embedded with gemstones. The intimate show, “Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasure Bindings” displays sacred texts, some of which are studded with jewels such as sapphires, diamonds, and emeralds along with information about “notorious manuscript thieves.” Other works feature imagined gems, a decorative trend in the 16th century as shown here in a leaf from an oversized choir book from 1519. Descriptive signage informs: “While claims for the magical powers of gems may not stand up to scientific scrutiny, their transformative effect on wearer and observer cannot be denied.” Viewing the jewel-laden manuscript covers, I notice there is a hushed tone in the room. Whether looking at the sheer beauty of the offerings of the valuable treasures or contemplating the vast collection of this library and museum, the Morgan takes my breath away and brings me far from more mundane, everyday concerns. For those in search of a literary escape, a stop at the Morgan Library and Museum is a must.

-Iris Brooks

“So many books, so little time.”  -Frank Zappa

Books are the treasured wealth of the world

and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”

-Henry David Thoreau

ALL PHOTOS © JON H. DAVIS & IRIS BROOKS

THISTLE © JON H. DAVIS

THISTLE


As winter’s whiteness gives way to

the greens of spring–a color long associated with

rebirth and renewal–a thistle stands for a portrait.

APRIL 2018

ARTICLE:

APRIL ISSUE OF THE WORLD & I

“RECYCLING REIMAGINED”

By Iris Brooks

Photo & Montages By Jon H. Davis and Iris Brooks

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MAY 2018

ARTICLE:

MAY ISSUE OF THE WORLD & I

“A CULTURAL RETREAT IN THE GREEN MOUNTAINS OF VERMONT”

By Iris Brooks

Photo & Montages By Jon H. Davis and Iris Brooks

DESTINATION OF THE MONTH:

GOZO IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA

“ISLE OF JOY”


By Iris Brooks

Photos By Jon H. Davis and Iris Brooks

Excerpted from the feature article originally published in the World & I magazine.

Click here to read the full story.https://indd.adobe.com/view/d1f9264c-801d-45d0-b6e9-0f9b9040a674

Photos © Jon H. Davis and Iris Brooks

FEATURED RESORT:


HOTEL TA’ CENC & SPA

ON THE ISLAND OF GOZO

At this distinctive resort surrounded by nature you can take a short hike to catch the sunset at the awe-inspiring, Ta’ Cenc Cliffs, admiring the golden light. Or relax by swimming in the heated indoor-outdoor pool at the spa while listening to the sounds of birdsong. Panoramic views of the Mediterranean surround as part of the dining experience at their private waterfront restaurant, the Kantara Beach Club, where shades of blue hues are sure to make you smile. Gozo, a short ferry ride from its sister island of Malta, with the outstanding resort of Hotel Ta’ Cenc & Spa, will fill you with lifelong memories.


-Iris Brooks

Photos & Montage © Jon H. Davis and Iris Brooks

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FEATURED FESTIVAL:

MALTA INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS  FESTIVAL

Video Documentation by Jon H. Davis

Photos by Jon H. Davis and Iris Brooks

CLICK TO PLAY PHOENIX RISING AT THE MALTA INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

Fireworks, literally “fire-flower” (hanabi in Japanese), are loved all over the world. Some people call upon crackling sounds to scare off evil spirits while others associate fireworks with celebrations.

SUMMER 2018

FEATURED ACCOMMODATIONS:

Palazzo Prince d’Orange

Valletta, Malta

On the semi-tropical, Mediterranean island of Malta, a sense of grandeur pervades at the Palazzo Prince d’Orange. There are five spacious, luxury suites with complete kitchens and private courtyards or terraces in a beautifully repurposed, 17th-century palace. The design incorporates authentic stone work with archways from another era, high ceilings, and wood beams in suites named for Dutch nobility on one of the most prestigious streets in Valletta, the current European Cultural Capital.

-Iris Brooks

FEATURED DESTINATION:

ADIRONDACK EXPERIENCE - Stay and Play

In Glenburnie-on-Lake George, New York

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