Although digital technology and access is changing the use of our written world, we were proud to start our communication through the Journal. This wonderful “printed” blog approach came mostly from the editorial direction and pen of Scott Skinner, Ali Fujino, and our man in the field, Ben Ruhe. From years of Journal publications, we changed the format to be not a few individuals' view but to have individuals of the kite community use their own words to bring forth something innovative and exciting about the world of kites. Enter the current edited version of Discourse by Katie Davis, Scott Skinner, and Ali Fujino. Below are archived articles from both the Journal and Discourse.

Most Recent Articles

  • As the premier aeronautics and astronautics repository in the world, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., predictably has a wonderful kite collection. Tom Crouch, chairman of the Department of Aeronautics, surveyed and reported on the holding after assuming his new job a few years ago.
  • Marian Frelicher: "Would you tell us something of your early years?"
  • Sumatra's jungle foliage stayed with us right up to the village of Mutun's narrow, white sand beach.
  • Joseph Louis LeCornu was born in Caen, Normandy, on March 13, 1864, the seventh of eight children. His father was a lacemaker by trade. Following the father's death in 1878 when LeCornu was 14, he and his seven siblings were raised by their mother. An early achiever, LeCornu received a prize in philosophy from his lycee in Caen at age 9 and four years later was included in a delegation from his school sent to Paris to attend the burial of writer Victor Hugo. The following year he was admitted to L'Ecole Centrales des Arts and Manufactures.
  • Our country is built on competition: winning and losing defines success in sports, business, and daily life. We can become blinded by winning, sacrificing our family life for business success, or "taking the money" while sacrificing honor and ethics. Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, reminded us of the honor in simply playing the game. His central character, Charlie Brown, the penultimate loser, always came back to play the game again. In almost fifty years, Charlie won one baseball game, never kicked that field goal, and snagged his kite in countless trees.