Keeping letters and diaries is an ancient practice. They provide a chronicle of life, a record of what is happening and of what one is learning, seeing, thinking about. The process of writing things down also encourages a conversation with oneself, allowing thinking to grow even as the letters form. Scholars, artists, thinkers for millennia, across all cultures, have journaled as part of their daily lives.
The notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci have become invaluable in their contribution to our understanding of his genius, revealing the many facets of his interest as well as the development of his methods. So too with countless other historical figures who have contributed to advances in human lives.
Many years ago we welcomed the development of blogging technology as a means of journaling. We've never had any intention of inviting others to view these; they have been for purely personal purposes. What began as a loose collection of blogs on a variety of subjects has come to coalesce as a more coherent body of ways of seeing and living.
The Colorado Institute of Historical Geography has appeared as a tangible way of making sense of these ideas, a platform for the learnings of a lifetime to be transformed into the action of Service.
Our Notebooks and Journals, presented online.
This is the central organizing blog for the Colorado Institute of Historical Geography.
The master blog for COIHG references our other online journals, and explores other topics of wider and deeper perspective.
Included are thoughts and findings in the fields of history and geography, including book reviews, history in context, philosophy of science, and ephemera that find no place in the more focussed blogs.
Activities and events of ongoing projects are reported.
This medium has been used to share general information about the field of historical geography, with examples of its importance in the development of our culture.
Our irregular postings on Facebook reflect a general uneasiness about the role it has assumed in the life of our nation, and the abuses it is struggling to manage.
Glacier View Meadows.
Consistent with our Mission Statement, our most current research projects focus on our immediate community.
The work represented in this blog is the basis of my growing understanding of who this community is, and how we may best serve it.
It emphasizes the unique history and geography of one corner of rural Larimer County, Colorado.
This is a companion to the blog In View of Glaciers'
It features images demonstrating and illustrating a vivid sense of Place for an area of serene, sometimes miraculously untouched nature.
Red Feather Valley. (blog under construction)
There is a growing spirit of coming together in this sparsely populated place of fierce beauty and wild weather. People move here to be in touch with nature, living in time with the seasons and the patterns of the natural world.
But the human need for community never ceases. This blog is the working journal as research unfolds. The information and findings provide the context and meaning for any service that is offered to the community in this part of our world.
Switzerland Trail of America.
Our initial project and signature development, this history and geography of the narrow gauge railroad in Boulder County, Colorado, has been a significant contribution to the cultural landscape of that immediate area.
Brief and concise, this site documents and makes information available for the purposes of the research and the elements of service that grow from it.
This website predates the foundation of the Colorado Institute of Historical Geography, and research from this project led to the development of wider perspective.
Working notes for the history of a mountain community.
Passengers were picked up at Union Station in Denver, transported by standard gauge rail to Boulder. Mountain travel required narrow gauge rail--which meant transfering to the Switzerland Trail of America.
Across the spectacular mountain terrain to Ward, Colorado. they then rode by Stanley Steamer along the wagon route to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Building community through the sharing of images and stories.
The image here is Sunset, Colorado, long since abandoned, the site returned to nature.
The curious mind is open to new ideas and new ways of seeing from every direction, and never stops learning.
Love for the arts are a gift (and a curse) visited upon us by the gods of the Universe, with no practical immediate use but of inestimable value in the quality of a life.
This journal has been a record of interests, fascinations, loves, and driving forces, begun after a lifetime of scraps of paper, loose written entries, clippings, and scratchings with pencil, pen, watercolor. All are inspirations for potential COIHG graphic productions.
The search continues on, ad infinitum, for an integrative understanding of the many forces that combine to guide human life.
This blog chronicles the history of this search for one person, still seeking learnings to fuel the drive for serving others. The ideas are the driving force behind the nourishment of communities.
In these times the very nature of religion has become under question. What are its purposes? How are these purposes built, sustained, nourished?
What constitutes a healthy belief system? What are the potential corruptions and abuses? How are vulnerabilities exploited?
This blog reflects concerns about the contemporary political climate.
Aristotle did it, as did Socrates. And Michelangelo. Henry David Thoreau, Mohandas Gandhi, John Muir were famous for their treks. And others too numerous to cite. They walked. Regularly.
With a younger body, it was running. That's largely given way to walking now, moving in the great outdoors. New ideas and inspirations are unavoidable.
And there's no better way to get a sense of Place, a sense of Time.
WHO KNOWS ONLY HIS OWN GENERATION REMAINS ALWAYS A CHILD.
To encourage the continued growth of the community and all its members
by emphasizing our common interests
through nurturing a sense of time and a sense of place.
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