Double Takes: Book End Page Illustrations

Way back when, and sometimes still today, books would contain decorative papers between the front and back covers enticing readers or relating to the story. It’s an unknown and forgotten form of art that is the unique subject showcased on Drawger, a blog site for illustrators.

(image by Lou Brooks)

Double Takes: Death Defying School Run

And here I thought I had a rough commute every morning. Being that I have to ride my bike up a hill and all.

From the Daily Times on September 18, 2007

“A bridge is to be built in a Chinese village where children are forced to cross a raging torrent on a steel cable to get to school. Nearly 500 children, from Maji village in Fugong town, Yunnan province, cross the most dangerous stretch of the Nujiang River each day.

They fasten themselves to the cable with a metal carabiner and a rope and slide across the 200 metre wide canyon.

The youngest student, A Qia, 4, has to go over by herself each day.

The villagers say that usually four-year-old children are taken by their parents, and begin to go by themselves from the age of five.

A Pu, five, who was stuck in the middle of the cable for nearly 20 minutes once, said: ‘I used to dream of having a bridge, but then I learned that my dream was too expensive.’

But officials finally agreed to spend £35,000 on a bridge after a TV programme was made about the children’s dangerous daily journey.”

Double Takes: Baby Nadia

An incredible story with an equally incredible photograph to coincide. “A Siberian woman who gave birth to her 12th child — doing more than her fair share to stem Russia’s population decline was stunned to find that little Nadia weighed in at a massive 17 pounds, 1 ounce.”

(Found via Reuters)

Double Takes: The Paradox of Our Time

I received, in email this afternoon, the following from my Mom. Eloquently written and worth a read in my opinion. But then again, that’s just my opinion.

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much , and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

And Always Remember:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

– Dr. Bob Moorehead

Double Takes: Waking Life

Probably one of my favorite movies and arguably one of my favorite scenes from that movie. Waking Life, written and directed by Richard Linklater, follows the main character through a lucid-dream. Structured around various philosophical monologues, the movie covers several major topics in philosophy. If you haven’t seen this film yet, I highly recommend it.

Double Takes

Double Takes explores the intersection of geography and design through topics like art, photography and architecture. It launched in September 2007. Since then, it’s been featured by National Geographic Traveler and the Travel Channel, among others. and Fathom recently named Double Takes one of the top 25 travel blogs.


Marketing professional who moonlights as a freelance writer and travel blogger residing in Chicago. She writes regularly for Conde Nast Traveler and Paste Magazine, and her articles have appeared in Bloomberg Business, Huffington Post, Yahoo Travel, and Glamour Magazine, among others.

After graduating from college, she spent two years living and working in South Korea. Before repatriating to Chicago. She took the scenic route home via a six-month backpacking trip from Indonesia to Bahrain. In short, she’s a collector of maps, passport stamps and freckles.

United States. Czech Republic. Hungary. Austria. Croatia. Slovenia. Italy. Ireland. South Korea. Philippines. Singapore. Malaysia. Hong Kong. Macau. China. Japan. Indonesia. Vietnam. Laos. Cambodia. Myanmar. Thailand. India. Bahrain. Haiti.

I N T E R V I E W S + A C C O L A D E S

Conde Nast Traveler. Brit+Co. The Travel Channel. National Geographic Traveller.

World Venture Project. Many Many Adventures. The Vivant. Viator. The Loud and Clear.

Design Feast. Chincha!? Magazine. The Glove Box. Jetsettlers Magazine. Prêt à Voyager.


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