September 29, 2004
Cronaca, a weblog from art historian David Nishimura, often features archeaological and historic oddities and discoveries. It recently reported "a small experiment in Gyumri, Armenia, ...to turn an urban dead zone into an appealing, living place." A street light, a park bench, and a seesaw. Kids, parents, street vendors. Life.
UPDATE October 1 -- Referring to this, Arts and Letters Daily says, "The litany of death, turmoil, and pain visited on Armenia leaves you surprised that the country still stands at all... " In that context, the light/seesaw/bench enterprise becomes even more inspiring.
Another Cronaca posting directs readers to the NYTimes' report of the role of computer graphics in dating amulets inscribed with words "among the most familiar and ecumenical in the liturgies of Judaism and Christianity."
May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord cause his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and grant you peace.
And, less familiar,
May [this one] be blessed by YHWH, the warrior/helper, and the rebuker of Evil.
Improving public space.
Making a difference with the application of very few resources.
Venerable rhetoric invoking peace and safety.
Three things that make me happy.