THE COP21 DEAL: A BRIEF LOOK AT THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

You may have noticed that The Paris Climate Agreement is getting a lot of press lately. Here’s a brief look at what this deal is and why it is such an important topic:

The Paris Climate Agreement was adopted in 2015 at the Paris climate conference, AKA COP21 (check out this amazing artwork linking virtual trees, tree projection, human heartbeats and tree planting initiatives that was exhibited during the conference). This deal was considered legally binging in some aspects and 195 countries, including the United States, adopted it. The main goal is, of course, to fight and slow climate change and its negative effects on the earth, primarily by keeping the rise in global temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius. Keeping the increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius is another initial stated goal, as is hitting the peak of global emissions ASAP, so that the decline can begin. THE COP21 DEAL: A BRIEF LOOK AT THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

THE CREEPIEST LITTLE TOWN IN FLORIDA (OR ANYWHERE ELSE)

1024px-celebration_floridaThe term “planned community” is a little like the terms “arranged marriage” or “vintage style” – when people hear them, they tend to recoil.  Maybe there’s something discomfiting about the idea that something as organic as a community – or a marriage, or a cool old shirt – could be created intentionally.  And yet, planned communities have a pretty good track record.  LeDroit Park, one of the District’s most coveted and beloved neighborhoods, was a planned community. THE CREEPIEST LITTLE TOWN IN FLORIDA (OR ANYWHERE ELSE)

PANCAKES & BOOZE & ART, OH MY!

When you think “art show,” you might think stuffy, pretentious, pompous. You might think glasses of Sauvignon Blanc and cubes of expensive cheese.

But you won’t find any of this at a Pancakes & Booze Art Show. Here, the wine comes in plastic cups, and the hors d’oeuvres are flapjacks and syrup served on a paper plate and eaten with a plastic fork. The artists are young and hip, and the guests wait for hours in a line that stretches around the block to get into this traveling art gallery. PANCAKES & BOOZE & ART, OH MY!

“The master bath has a glass-walled shower and twin side-by-side basins, because LORD KNOWS you and your beloved don’t ever want to be apart, even when you’re flossing. (You two make me sick.)”

“The master bath has a glass-walled shower and twin side-by-side basins, because LORD KNOWS you and your beloved don’t ever want to be apart, even when you’re flossing. (You two make me sick.)”