Thursday, September 3, 2020

Architecture in amuz



Danish Museum of Art and Design Copenhagen







Hagia Sophia Istanbul





Cattedrale di Monreale Sicily







La Sebastiana Museo de Pablo Neruda Valparaiso, Chile





Milwaukee Art Museum





The Bund Shanghai





Benesse Art Site Naoshima Japan





Taliesin Spring Green, WI USA





SC Johnson Corporate Headquarters Racine, WI USA





World Trade Center New York, NY



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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Sunset Cruise



Road America's sunset cruise offered a convenient (and inexpensive) reason for an afternoon road trip, track time and gorgeous scenery near Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine scenic drive.





My father navigated a delightful rural route, one that included farms, windmills, an obiligatory stop at the popular Kelley Country Creamery and later, Fond du lac's Gilles for a vintage evening drive-in dinner.





I'd not been to Road America for many years and had no idea what to expect in terms of the crowd, cars, participants and track time.





  • The crowd was larger than expected. A Road America staffer mentioned that they sometimes host 200 vehicles for an evening cruise.


  • The car population included expected names: Corvette, Porsche, BMW, Camaro and Mustang. The number of sedans and SUVs was a surprise. An Austin Healey, a beautiful orange Pontiac GTO and a blue Chevrolet pickup grabbed plenty of attention.


  • One did not have to walk far to engage in car tales, including a birthday cruise, the search for the perfect S4 Avant and an American Motors AMX Spirit.












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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A Family Legacy on Oregon's 45th

In this podcast, we continue a conversation about the development and strategy for Left Coast Estate. The second generation of the Pfaff family is very well positioned to continue and build upon the vision ideated by their parents.

CEO Taylor Pfaff has intimate knowledge of the Estate’s acreage and biodiversity. He began work as a teenage farmhand helping wrest the future vineyard from abundant and persistent gophers - a la Caddyshack. Taylor’s experience is well suited to the long term management of the estate. He holds a MBA in Wine and Spirits from the University of Bordeaux’s Kedge Business School.

His sister, left-handed Cali (three of five in our family are left handed, part of the Left Coast story) after whom Cali's Cuvee Pinot Noir is named, is now the Creative Director and a licensed Landscape Architect, whose work contributes to the Estate. She runs her own practice, Studio Campo, focused on nature-inspired design.

What is evident in this conversation is the connection to the land and the family’s commitment to making the best wine possible. The stewardship continued by Cali and Taylor is a testament to a lifetime of lessons taught by their parents, Bob and Suzanne, whose Left Coast origin story is available here: French Ambition Comes to Fruition on Oregon's 45th

The siblings are in sync with how they view life and the land. Cali tells an informative story about spending a summer creating artwork on the estate as a means of really absorbing and expressing its seasonal changes. Both have been given wide berth to add product and agricultural initiatives. The oak savanna restoration is one example of an initiative that ehanched and improved the property.

Truly they are the hybrid vigor that results when children are nurtured with love and exposed to big ideas. Creativity runs deep at Left Coast due to the encouragement and example of their talented parents. We look forward to watching these two continue to imbue the estate and their wine with their own gifts and innovation for many years to come.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Revealing Las Vegas





Las Vegas has sparked the imagination of the world, expressed through numerous works of literature, film and art. The city's past is as fascinating as any work of fiction. Sparked by a walk through the restored East Fremont historic district, one wants to know more about the rich, layered history to the city. Yesteryear does not pale in comparison to the glitz and bright neon lights of the famous Strip.

Capturing Las Vegas' diverse oral history adds an important understanding of the cultural yesteryear.





The Historic Preservation Commission's [Link] objective for the City of Las Vegas is to advocate, preserve and educate. The primary goal of the commission is to preserve and revitalize historic buildings, communities and places in Las Vegas and around the state of Nevada. A variety of stakeholders help accomplish this mission, including property owners, residents, neighborhoods, developers, cultural heritage organizations, educational institutions and public officials. Retention and restoration of the built environment fosters not only a sense of place but also helps to grow an engaged community.

Participants in this podcast include Claytee D. White [Link], Chairwoman of the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Las Vegas. She is the inaugural director of the Oral History Research Center for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries. Claytee collects the history of Las Vegas and its surrounding area by gathering memories of events and experiences from longtime residents. Her projects include early healthcare in the city, history of the John S. Park Neighborhood, The Boyer Early Las Vegas Oral History Project, and a study of musicians who played with some of the greats in the entertainment field.





Bob Stoldal [Link], a long time resident and Vice Chairman of preservation committee describes himself as a “history patient”. The broadcast journalist emphasizes the preservation of Las Vegas’ “boom town” history. For the record, Bob wants you to know that Bugsy Siegel did not invent Las Vegas! He does, however, suggest a visit to the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement aka “The Mob Museum”.

Dr. Diane Siebrandt, PhD, [Link] is the Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Las Vegas. Her mission is ensure that historic property located throughout the community is maintained and preserved. Diane has extensive experience in historic preservation including many years working in Iraq.





Las Vegas was a railroad town marketed as an old west town. This identity skirted limitations on gambling promotion outside the city. The chamber of commerce at the time knew an Old West cowboy theme would imply gambling was part of the scene. Hotels echoed this theme, choosing names such as The Bonanza, Last Frontier and El Rancho.

The branding later evolved to project an exotic Middle East desert destination. The Dunes, Sahara, The Sands and the Street Flamingo Road reflected that evolution.





An example of the depth of the city’s historic preservation efforts include the removal of palm trees because they were not historically accurate.





Private/public partnerships are essential to support and maintain historical renovation.

Las Vegas is much more than gambling. This podcast includes insightful insider perspectives on where to go and what to see.

Listening to this trio [amuz podcast link] discuss the history of the “Divorce ranches”, rich museum offerings and nature preserves is illuminating.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Destination Blueberries



Unplanned stops are sometimes the most interesting part of a journey. And, so it was while driving south on Wisconsin's I-39 recently.





A sign offered fresh blueberries. I took the exit and followed a few more signs.





Flyte family farms offers pick your own or buy a box. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are available, as well.



[The melons are delicious]






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