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The Power of a Journal in a Sacred Space

06/16/16 | View Comments

Journal entries reveal insights into gratitude, love and life.

Over the past year we have shared the thoughts and feelings left in the journals found under the bench in every Open Space Sacred Place the TKF Foundation helped to create. These #Benchstories capture just a few of the thousands of journal entries written by visitors to the gardens over the years. In the journals we catch glimpses of the healing and transformative effects momentary time spent in nature can have upon the individual.

There is the initial discovery of the Open Space Sacred Place followed by a moment’s respite on the bench. While seated on the bench, the visitor may notice the cord attaching the journal to the bench or the protective box located under the bench where the journal is kept. From there the discovery may move to a reading of journal entries left by others. Finally, the peacefulness of the space lends itself to personal reflection or even the act of writing the entry itself allowing the visitor to discover something about her/himself that they weren’t aware of before.

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An Experience Within Green Infrastructure

03/22/16 | View Comments

This month we’ve briefly reviewed the shifts in large-scale urban infrastructure design. Effective technological innovations in transportation, communications, energy, and environmental services (water, wastewater, garbage disposal) in the 19th and early 20th century enabled economic growth, and contributed to the physical transformation of city planning and development.

Today, cities across the globe are embracing ‘sustainable’ or ‘green’ infrastructure initiatives to re-design failing, ‘grey’ engineered systems. Many are embracing innovations that sidestep an old structure entirely. For example, Vietnam, a country of coastal views, aims to join global “Green Cities” such as Stockholm and Singapore, by implementing large scale urban changes in three cities in the northern and central provinces. To become a Green City, standards of green space, constructions, transport and industry are met.

Green infrastructure can serve multiple functions, including public health.

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Exploring the Diversity of TKF Open Spaces Sacred Places

07/09/15 | View Comments

For about a month now we have published journal entries found at TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places. Published every Friday, these #BenchStories share some of the thoughts, feelings and experiences of visitors as they stop for a moment to soak in the surroundings. For the most part, these journal entries have been fairly straightforward–a visitor watching the snow fall in Mt. Washington Arboretum, another comparing their own growth and transformation to the change of the seasons. For the most part, the Bench Stories so far have been fairly straight forward. They stand on their own without needing to know specific details about the location where they were written.

Tomorrow’s Bench Story is a bit different (and yes, you will have to wait until Friday to read it). While the message is universal, when you consider the context in which it was written, the words take on a much more complex meaning. You see, tomorrow’s Bench Story was written by a prisoner at the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, MD.

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