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

  • Hundreds of children, some of them homeless street children, flew kites in a Mumbai (Bombay) park recently as a gesture toward peace, harmony, and religious tolerance in India. The street children had made and adorned their own kites at a workshop conducted by Babu Khan of Rajasthan, a noted kitemaker who has made “lakhs”----hundreds of thousands----of kites in his lifetime.
  • My research in India focused on the manufacture of Indian-style fighter kites, known as patang, outside of the standard kite flying seasons. Most of the work was conducted in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Much has been published in periodicals on the two major yearly Indian kite celebrations. But to the best of my knowledge, there has been no study of off-season kite production.
  • George A. Peters is a West Indian living in Seattle who has made a satisfying career for himself as carpenter by day, musician by night, and kiteflier over the weekends. He likes doing all three jobs, but it is the kites that are his great passion. “Kites are uplifting, fun. They relieve stress. You combine paper and sticks, string and glue and that thing goes up in the sky. What more pleasure can anyone get? I love making kites, teaching how to make them, flying them. That’s my satisfaction in life.”
  • At least from when Archimedes yelled “Eureka, I have found it!” while running down the street naked, baths have played a key role in invention. I for one have always been a fervent believer in bathing, evidence to the contrary that my best friends have never told me about notwithstanding. It has always seemed to me that for the inventors, showers are neither contemplative enough nor conducive to doodling-----until now, that is.
  • In his new book The Philosopher’s Kite: Essays and Stories (12 Second Press, New York), Tal Streeter roams the kite world and far beyond in his inimitable fashion. Part autobiography, part travelogue, part speculative treatise, part imaginative tale telling, the volume eloquently extols the pleasures of kiteflying and all things related to it.