Thursday, July 16, 2020


Our office orchid has gone from frustrating and almost dead to so enduring that we're beginning to think someone swapped it out for a plastic one...

6 weeks and the blooms still look perfect!

If this orchid can hang in, so can we. Stay safe.

Thursday, June 4, 2020


After years of lying dormant (and atleast two brushes with utter demise), our office orchid has actually bloomed! Today, we're taking that as a sign of hope that no matter how long it takes or how hard the fight is, the world can recover and become a beautiful place.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Virtual World Lighting Design

We're all spending more time at home and turning to the arts, including TV, movies, and video games for an escape. 

We all know that Lighting is an important part of design in real life and cinema, but it's also key in video games! A new system called "Lumen" is a new dynamic lighting system that really makes the graphics look like real life! 

Check out this video to see "Lumen" in action!

You can also read more about it on the Washington Post and will hopefully see it in action on your own gaming system soon.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Museum Tours - Explore Virtually!

Photo from the Louvre website
In these crazy times, many museums, zoos, and aquariums are offering free virtual tours so that you can visit them from the safety of your own home. 

Check out this recent article by Good Housekeeping for a list of possibilities.

Be safe.
~ ALD Staff

Thursday, April 9, 2020

A Thousand Tiny Stories

Dear Friend,

We are enduring an unparalleled period of disjuncture and uncertainty that calls for collective solace and hope. A Thousand Tiny Stories is a project committed to building community in moments of isolation; finding purpose in being apart. What are you learning about yourself and your fellow humans during this challenging time? 

A Thousand Tiny Stories invites you to capture a moment when you felt isolated or to share how you and your loved ones are coping with isolation. Your contribution to this project will strengthen our sense of unity beyond boundaries and borders, and support fostering solidarity by means of storytelling. 

If you are compelled to share your journey, send us your tiny story in your preferred language along with an image that complements your narrative by completing the Google form at, or email us to Please state your first name, age and location. Your testimonials will be curated and published on Instagram @athousandtinystories starting April 10th through May 1st, 2020. 

Stories matter. Join a community of courageous storytellers in cutting through the fog of social isolation. We look forward to reading you. Give the gift of your story today.

With sincere gratitude,

A Thousand Tiny Stories Curation Team

Molly Abernathy
Nuria Alonso GarcĂ­a
Sarah Campbell
Annie Lagace
Kaitlyn Potts
Angela Twiggs

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Thank you

To everyone keeping us staff and well supplied during these crazy times, 

Photo from Governor Raimondo's official Facebook page

Thursday, March 5, 2020

XKCD comic

Jay came across this comic by XKCD and thought it too funny not to share! 

Check out the artist's website if you're interested in more comics. 

Let's fan out and look for lamps!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

SOS: Help Our Orchid Thrive!

ALD has been fostering an orchid in our office for the past five years... and it's finally trying to bloom again!

Any tips on how to get the stem to grow vertically? No one on staff has a green thumb and we could use all the help we can get!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Google Earth - The Underground Railroad

The Google Earth website has numerous educational pathways to explore, including one about the Underground Railroad. 

One of the sites they highlight is the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Dorchester County, Maryland, where we worked on the Visitor's Center back in 2017. The park is site 6 of the 9 highlighted.

Check out the amazing Google Earth website and learn more about other important historical sites that were instrumental in the transport of thousands of American slaves to freedom.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Happy New Year!

We're so excited to see what 2020 brings! 
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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Looking Back - The Harriet Tubman Visitor's Center

We're starting 2020 with a look back at a previous project - The Harriet Tubman Visitor's Center in Church Creek, Maryland. 

During her recent holiday travels, Kathy had the opportunity to visit the Center, which originally opened back in March 2017. It's still looking good! 

Check out their website to plan your own trip to learn about the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman.