July 18, 2019

The Memory Bridge Foundation  announces Love is Listening… Dementia without Loneliness, a remarkable sequel to There is a Bridge. This beautiful film addresses the central challenge of dementia – the loneliness that comes with communicative and emotional separation fro...

October 4, 2018

In my April blog I described Hack’s arch, threatened by construction of a new interstate. I am delighted to report we successfully saved and relocated the arch to a nearby park. Very few projects have been more satisfying to me in my career. In retirement, I feel more...

April 17, 2018

Merrill Hacker, “Hack”, was visited near the end of his days by cultural anthropologist Phi Stafford from Indiana University. He was a resident of the Bloomington Convalescent Center. From his room, Hack maintained a close relationship with nature and displayed a kind...

November 26, 2015

I haven’t blogged in awhile. This year has been hectic, hard to find time to reflect – with new knees, family illness, etc. Nothing unusual for those of us in my age group. Yet, several times over the course of the year I have found myself saying “I need to blog about...

May 3, 2014

As I approach 65 years on this planet, May 24, 2014, I find my dreams increasingly populated by people from my past. I’m happy to say that the dreams are uniformly pleasant, if typically inscrutable. Gerontologists tend towards a view of memory as a psychological pheno...

July 2, 2013


I heard a fascinating presentation by Lamine Madjoubi (Bristol University UK) at the International Making Cities Livable Conference in Portland, OR last week.

Lamine studies the culture of childhood and h...

April 15, 2013

My latest blog is found at the newsletter of the American Architectural Foundation:

If you live near Bloomington, come to our spring workshop: Places with a Purpose: Communities for a Lifetime, with Jan Hively, Kim Irwin, Scott Ball and Za...

December 10, 2012

Fred Kent, the founder of the Project for Public Spaces, spoke in Indianapolis last week, at the annual Indiana Governor’s Conference for People with Disabilities. PPS is an incredibly valuable and creative organization, now engaged with cities around the world as they...

April 27, 2012

As a recent lunchtime stroll taught me, we have much to learn about planning communities that work for all ages and abilities!

Aside from the obvious issue of getting the utility guys to talk to the concrete guys, we must acknowledge our own mortality and stop creating...

December 4, 2011

 (Note: Scroll to the end for information about an upcoming national conference call on Communities for a Lifetime)

My town of Bloomington likes to claim John Mellencamp as one of its most famous citizens, but Mr. Mellencamp was actually born and raised in Seymour, Indi...

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