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Bricolage of History

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In The Savage Mind (1962), the French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss used the word bricolage to describe the characteristic patterns of mythological thought. Bricolage is the skill of using whatever is at hand and recombining them to create something new. [link]

After the earthquake of 1755 rubble from the destroyed building was used as infill, the engineers and architech's developed a technique they named Pamblaino after the ‘Marquês de Pombal’ [link]

DIck Sparks

My father and mother came to Hawaii to visit in 1970 while I lived on Oahu. My dad instilled in me the hipster attitude, so blame him :0

photo by Barbara Sparks

Time Out Market Lisbon

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Time Out Market Lisbon

At dinner time; location

Barbara's Photos - Google Photos

A collection of my mother's travel photos.

Photos of the Past

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Recent house cleaning and downsizing preparations have un earthed some images from my past that are worth sharing. 

 Honolulu 1971

 Honolulu 1970, Richard Nixon was President and the times were dark.

This was a lonely time, my parents came to visit while I stationed at Schofield Barracks, a US Army installation. I was twenty. I spent one and a half years in Hawaii, a beautiful place.

Jardem da Estrela Lisbon

This garden was opened in 1873 and has a wonderful collection of exotic succulents and other plants.

Location   photo - 120mm holga analog by tom sparks


Seixal, PT

An example of beatiful decay.



Flora Surveys the Duamish

Looking across the river at our dream house on the banks of the muddy Duwamish River.


Mount Tambor Portland Oregon

Explored some of the parks and trails in Portland Oregon. There are many natural place in this city. It has a close connection with nature.