Twitter, the little blue bird icon that delivers a message in 140 characters, has upended the status quo in business, the news media and even diplomacy. With more than 200 million active users a month, over 500,000,000 messages per day, Twitter is allowing authentic, relevant exchanges instantly with people around the world. President Barack Obama … Continue reading
Tag Archives: Egypt
Cairo: One Hundred Years Ago
Every wonder what life was like a hundred years ago around in Cairo?
Pulled out my collection of old postcards that share scenes of the markets, mosques, pyramids and quiet still moments in the desert. Enjoy! Continue reading
Does Slime Mold Hold the Secrets to the Power of Social Media
“The origins of life is at the edge of order and chaos.” Dr. Joseph Cambry
First the butterfly theory of chaos, now slime mold? Perhaps, the unexpected and inconspicuous slime mold explains connectivity in nature as well as in human nature as seen through the power of social media.
Ingenuity: Cards to Protect Cultural Heritage in War, Conflict & Galleries
One of the many paradoxes of war is destruction with simultaneous protection of civilians and cultural heritage. We know the political figures and weapons of war and see photographs in the press of anonymous bloody lifeless corpses twisted in the wreckage of urban settings. How can one possibly think of cultural heritage with so much human suffering. Yet, cultural monuments are targeted, pillaged, looted, destroyed all too often.
Cultural heritage is for the survivors, the future, world knowledge and ultimately, a record of human accomplishments.
World Heritage Day is April 18th. What will you do to help protect cultural heritage? Continue reading
“Modern Egypt” in Members Photo Exhibit, National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
“Modern Egypt”, photographs by Keri Douglas in the Members Photo Exhibit at the National Press Club, Washington, DC, September 1 to September 30, 2009 . Continue reading
Secrets to Driving in Cairo
Once you get it – you get it. Frantic warnings introduce me to driving in Cairo, “It is crazy like nothing you have ever seen before!” Upon arriving in Cairo and driving to the hotel, I got it and it wasn’t this frantic bizarre scene I was expecting. Modern day driving in Cairo isn’t about how … Continue reading
Green Thinking – Outside of the Box? Local First
Why is it ‘news’ when someone applies the rules of nature to architecture, climate change, or even national energy policies? Common sense is returning. Recently The Economist profiled the new U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu in the July 2, 2009 issue (see earlier post). Secretary Chu being a Nobel Prize winner in physics is a … Continue reading
Contemporary Artist Receives Mubarak Prize for Art Award
Muhammed Taha Hussein: Contemporary Artist Awarded in Egypt The Mubarak Prize for Arts recipient this year is artist professor Muhammad Taha Hussein, a contemporary artist who illustrates the fine balance between modern and tradition. Mr. Hussein is a gentle giant of a man who stands tall in height, with encompassing hands and has a large … Continue reading
Obama in Cairo June 2009
There are a few times in history where you can literally see a new era arrive. Whether it was President John F. Kennedy saying, “It is not what your country can do for you. It is what can you do for your country.”; President Ronald W. Reagan saying, “Tear down this wall.”; or now President … Continue reading
I Wore a Head Scarf (Hijab)
Before traveling to Cairo, the travel tips I received included: Bring bug spray; Bring anti-itch cream; Wear long sleeve shirts appropriate for over 100 degrees dry heat; No revealing t-shirts – no form or cleavage allowed to be seen; No skirts (only pants); and Don’t show your knees. Well, this was a disaster even before … Continue reading