The Language of Landscape - A Path of Inclusion

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Inclusion as a feature of the means of transportation and built environment of travel destinations figures prominently in articles here at the Rolling Rains Report. The seven principles of Universal Design are a recurring theme.

But what about the times when the destination is pristine and the purpose of a trip is to encounter unmodified natural surroundings? Is there a way to "be part of it" even when disability and geography seem to conspire to make that impossible?

Without attempting to answer that question directly author Barry Lopez and managing editor Debra Gwartny illustrate the power of language to capture and engage as they discuss their new dictionary-style book, "Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape." A fascinating consequence of their collaborative effort with 45 writers to produce this work was the creation of a community inspired to renew the language of public discourse through the recovery of tradtional American folksonomy of place.

Listen to an interview at KQED's Forum program.

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