Kay Exploring

Exploring (trans. v.) : to travel over (new territory) for adventure or discovery. -Merriam-Webster

For the Lovers of finding and sharing new places, experiences and ideas.

Italian-style salami, made with American pigs, powers growth of a Virginia business

In case you were wondering about Olli-brand salamis. This business is gearing up to produce 100,000 lbs/week of salami with the opening of their new production facility on the west coast in March 2015.

Personal size, three-cheese, baked mac ‘n’ cheese tins. Gearing up for the fall!

Personal size, three-cheese, baked mac ‘n’ cheese tins. Gearing up for the fall!


Learned there is such a thing as yellow tea at a tea den in Burlington.

Dobra Tea Vermont
(802) 951-2424
80 Church Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401



Home Sweet Home

Usually plastic and the environment do not go hand in hand, but artist Aki Inomata uses plastic to create an environment for her little pet hermit crabs in “Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?” (2009, 2010-2013).

With the help of CT scanning to render a three-dimensional model of an empty shell, Inomata creates her base and then builds houses atop these shell renderings. These architectural wonders mimic the style of popular dwellings, from Tokyo house-style to Paris apartments. 

With these plastic hermit crab habitats, Inomata wanted to explore not only the hermit crab’s adaptability to new surroundings, but how we adapt as well. Immigration, relocation, even acquiring a new identity or nationality is more or less the human version of growing out of a shell, and finding a new one to call ‘home’.

Not only is this series an amazing symbolic representation of our will to adapt, but also a fun way to learn more about the life and physiology of the hermit crab, as the dwellings are completely see-through. Have you ever wondered what a hermit crab’s body looks like inside its shell?

A video of both the hermit crabs in action and how the artist came about designing the shells can be found here.

-Anna Paluch


"Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. "       

Words from Calvin and Hobbes’ creator Bill Watterson speech at Kenyon College in 1990 illustrated by Gavin Aung Than. Link is to illustration.