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Bowl of Time: Valles Caldera National Preserve by Tom Ribe

Contributor Tom Ribes shares a beautiful and thoughtful look at the history and seasons of New Mexico’s Valles Caldera, a place he knows intimately. Valles Caldera was born about 1.25 million years ago, its 13-mile wide depression created by a a spectacular volcanic eruption. Use of Valles Caldera dates back to the prehistoric times: spear points dating to 11,000 years ago have been discovered. Let Tom guide you through its slopes, grasslands and woods and introduce you to those who have called it home over the ages.

Bowl of Time: Valles Caldera National Preserve by Tom Ribe

Traditions of Oklahoma's Native American Culture: An Interview with Curator Dr. Dan Swan

Native American culture is rich with symbolism, mysticism, ceremony and creative expression. Dr. Daniel Swan has spent almost four decades immersed in Oklahoma's Native American Culture and has served as Curator of Ethnology of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and Professor of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma since 2007. Dan shares his deep appreciation for traditions such as the peyote religion of the Osage, art of the Native American Church, and explains how oral traditions are being preserved and celebrated through the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair , a program that was honored with the 2017 University Museums and Collections Award from the International Council of Museums.

Traditions of Oklahoma's Native American Culture: An Interview with Curator Dr. Dan Swan

Michael Krauss: Linguist & Director, Alaska Native Language Center

Did you know that if less than one million people speak a language that it is on its way to becoming extinct? We spoke with linguist Michael Krauss, director of the Alaska Native Language Center from its inception in 1972 until his retirement in June 2000. In this thought-provoking interview, talking with

Michael Krauss: Linguist & Director, Alaska Native Language Center

Thomas Jefferson's Garden Retreat: Monticello's Garden Pavilion

Discover the beautiful Thomas Jefferson Garden and Monticello home, where he enjoyed a scenic and peaceful retreat on his estate in Charlottesville, Virginia. The stately plantation features an extensive vegetable garden carved into the hillside extending out from the house. In this article Peggy Cornett, curator of plants at Monticello tells us all about the rich history of Jefferson’s garden and her personal connection to botany.

Thomas Jefferson's Garden Retreat: Monticello's Garden Pavilion

Q & A with Bonnie J Gisel, Curator of LeConte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite National Park

Are you a nature lover? Then you'll find a kindred spirit in Bonnie Gisel, curator of the LeConte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite National Park, author, and John Muir scholar. In this thoughtful Q & A, Bonnie explores the sense of awe and inter-connectedness that Nature inspires, the Divine Order of life, and the importance of having meaningful relationships.


Q & A with Bonnie J Gisel, Curator of LeConte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite National Park

Salvation Mountain, Leonard Knight's Monumental Labor of Love

Welcome to Salvation Mountain, where we met Leonard Knight, a Vermont native who moved to California to spread his love of Jesus through art. His Christian cartoon spreads over multiple acres of dunes and keeps on growing. Discover how Knight came to know God, what drove him to create Salvation Mountain, and how he fought for his missionary mountain against all the public backlash.

Salvation Mountain, Leonard Knight's Monumental Labor of Love

Shenandoah Skyline Drive: Almost Heaven

Come on a journey on Shenandoah Skyline Drive, a breath-taking 105-mile road through Shenandoah National Park that traverses the peaks and valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. This road trip is full of scenic overlooks, encounters with nature and the opportunity to reflect on the personal ties we forge with a given landscape. Meet local Claire Comer, a ranger with Shenandoah National Park, who shares her family's historic connection to

Shenandoah Skyline Drive: Almost Heaven

Motif Number 1: Rockport's Heart & Soul

Here's the story behind Motif Number 1, America's most-painted building, a red shack located at the end of Bradley Wharf in Rockport, Massachusetts. Originally built in the mid-1800s to store fishing gear, by 1900, the building became a frequent subject of the painters who had begun spending their summers in Rockport.

Motif Number 1: Rockport's Heart & Soul

Illumination Night shines on Martha’s Vineyard

Hop on the ferry to Martha's Vineyard and head to Oak Bluffs. Follow one of the little alleys off honky-tonk Circuit Avenue to Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association. This National Historic Landmark is a series of concentric circles of teeny Victorian gingerbread houses in a rainbow palette. Since 1869, the community has had a tradition of adorning their pastel-painted cottages with lanterns

Illumination Night shines on Martha’s Vineyard

Cranberry Harvest, Massachusetts, Yields A Colorful & Delicious Tradition!

When most Americans when sit down for their traditional Thanksgiving dinner on the fourth Thursday of November, a dish of cranberry sauce is sure to be on the table. I went to experience a cranberry harvest, Massachusetts to learn more about this staple of the Thanksgiving table.

Cranberry Harvest, Massachusetts, Yields A Colorful & Delicious Tradition!

Lobster Fishing in Maine: In Conversation with Captain Julie Eaton

While visiting Deer Isle in Maine, I had the chance to speak with Julie Eaton - a lobster boat captain - and learn more about lobster fishing in Maine as well as learn about her journey to the ocean in a world of men.

Lobster Fishing in Maine: In Conversation with Captain Julie Eaton

Maine Sculptor Peter Beerits on the Power of Ideas & Transformation

Do you believe art is transformative? Deer Isle, Maine sculptor Peter Beerits embodies the power of art as a catalyst to be true to ourselves, transform the past, find our place in the world, be heard, trust Life to unfold as it is meant to, and hold sacred the ideals that matter to us.

Maine Sculptor Peter Beerits on the Power of Ideas & Transformation

The Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas on Gospel Music & the Gifts of Growing Up

Irma Thomas is known as the "Soul Queen of New Orleans." This Irma Thomas Interview sheds light on her love of her hometown Nawlins and Gospel music, and reveals her surprising start in the music business, the impact of Katrina, and what it was like to be the Queen of the Krewe du Vieux during Carnival.

The Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas on Gospel Music & the Gifts of Growing Up

Lafayette Cemetery # 1 in New Orleans a Fertile Ground for Life Lessons

Take a tour of Lafayette Cemetery # 1 in the Garden District with local Sarah, who offers a primer on unique New Orleans' traditions like the ‘second line'. BCD found Lafayette Cemetery # 1 to be unexpectedly fertile ground for fresh ways to look at life. Read on for how New Orleans celebrates & inspires individuality. 

Lafayette Cemetery # 1 in New Orleans a Fertile Ground for Life Lessons

Ronna Tulgan Ostheimer of Clark Art Institute on RAISE Program

In 2005, Ronna developed Clark's RAISE program at the Clark Art Institute, which has served more than 175 boys and girls ages 12 to 17 from Berkshire County, a rural area in western Massachusetts

Ronna Tulgan Ostheimer of Clark Art Institute on RAISE Program