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The Field School 2016

Today I begin the first field visit to prepare for the 2016 Field School for Cultural Documentation. I’ll be working with Community Gardens in Arlington County.

I grew up on a farm, so the idea of a kitchen garden makes sense to me. I tore out landscaping around my house to exploit the only sunny spot on our largely wooded property to ensure we have fresh tomatoes and beans each season. The community garden is a small-scale urban farm. In Arlington, the county government provides about 4 acres of land to allow residents (mainly those who live in apartments and condos) to grow their own food.

January will be a fallow time, but I’m excited to see to garden spaces and how the parcels are managed in the off-season.

This blog will become much more active now that I’m back in the field.

Historical photos – Then and now

This is such a cool use of historic photography. Love it.

Chris Dale Historical Gifs Project

Below are a number of animated images showing Morgantown as it was captured at some point in history compared to what it looks like today. Some of the images aren’t perfectly matched-up simply because the landscape has changed so much and buildings now stand where fields once graced the landscape. Also, trees have been planted in certain areas that would make shooting from the same location impossible. Of course, I also simply ‘missed’ on a few.

Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy the photos. I plan on doing a few hundred of these so if you see me around Morgantown, and more recently South Park, shooting please say, “hi”. I love history and am always amazed at how often I walk by, and even upon, the very ground where significant events happened so many years ago.

And to be clear, the historic images came from the West Virginia and Regional History Collection.  You can search…

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Strip Off, Jump In, Splash Out – How to Swim in Content Marketing Waters

The Scholarly Kitchen

Man jumping into waterLondon Heathrow may have lost its crown as the world’s busiest international airport, but it probably retains its claim to some of the world’s oddest customer enquiries – who else gets asked:

  • What’s the difference between a toilet and a loo?
  • Where can I exchange currency for some Scottish dollars?
  • Are there ATMs in central London? Can you mark them on my map?

These and other gems are shared in a a “Top 10 strangest passenger requests” list on Heathrow’s “information and help in the terminals” web page. Top 10s, indeed lists of any length, are a classic tool of the content marketer, and Heathrow’s is a fine example of the genre – appealing to a broad audience, with plenty of hooks to drive deeper interest; human in tone and scope, with touches of nostalgia and humor; not explicitly advertising anything, but subtly connected to a service…

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Not me

OMG–there are two Laura Scotts. And they couldn’t be more different.

Laura Ellen Scott

I like my name, but it’s a little more common than I’d prefer as a writer. I could have been Laura Ellen Golembiewski, if my parents hadn’t decided to buck tradition and invent their own last name. Maybe it was a 60s thing. Maybe my mom didn’t want to be a Golembiewski. It was a sure thing she didn’t want to be a Blanchard anymore. Apparently my dad was shooting for a hyphenate: Gordon-Scott, but mom thought that was pretentious (it was, and Dad didn’t think that was a problem). So Scott was the compromise, and Dad took Gordon as his new middle name.

I used to write as “L. E. Scott,” until I discovered that was the name of a jazz poet. “Laura Scott” is the name of a line of clothing, so that’s out. “Laura Ellen Scott” has worked well for quite some time, but every once in a while…

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“Bodylore” Opening Reception at Olly Olly January 24

I like to think I had a hand influencing this group of artists, including the very talented Jessica Kalista. Jessica took one of my very first Bodylore courses as part of the Folklore Studies Program at George Mason University. I can’t wait to see the Olly Olly exhibit.

Dear Suburbia

Olly Olly, a new alternative art space in Fairfax, VA, is pleased to present its inaugural pop-up art exhibition, Bodylore, an exploration of the human figure and an investigation into the body as social construct, tradition, myth, and fairytale.  On Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 7pm to 10pm, spend an evening with the artists:

Eames Armstrong

Jackie Hoysted

Carolina Seth

Robert C. Yi

Bodylore features a variety of work dealing with the body, the interaction of bodies, embodiment, the folklore of bodies, play, and the role of the body in our everyday experience, dream-life, and cultural imagination.

Olly Olly wants to nourish the body and the community as well. We will be collecting healthy non-perishable food items for the Food Bridge Program at Our Daily Bread, which provides short-term emergency food assistance to Fairfax County area residents who are in crisis. We encourage you to bring a healthy…

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