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FOR ALL OF US WHO HATE VALENTINE'S DAY because our noses are perpetually pressed against the glass of 'love'--romance, passion, specialness, exclusivity--there is no glass, and that's not love.
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Last night I saw 'Judy,' with Renee Zellweger. She marries a man who promises to save her; when he fails, she attacks him. 'Romance' nearly always has that whiff of desperate clutching at illusion.
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Love is the friend who texts you their insight of the day. Love is picking the trash off the sidewalk. It's making tea and stirring oatmeal.
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Love is the fabric of the trees and stars.
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MY AUNT WAS DYING. I worked late in the studio, starting this painting around 2PM, and finishing around 11. As I fell asleep, my whole body was buzzing, as images of more paintings cascaded through my head.
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The next morning, mom called. My aunt had passed away at 9PM the night before.
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I titled the painting 'Cathedral,' and dedicated it to my aunt, Betty Speer Burke. I am absolutely sure she was with me when I painted it. Shamans have told me that that 'buzzing' heralds a soul passing through yours.
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The mismatched chairs are reminiscent of the towers of Chartres Cathedral, which I wish I'd seen when I had the chance.
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Beautiful collaged ceiling, reclaimed pressed tin. This not only looks great, but does its part to scatter ambient sound.
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For much of the past, walls and ceilings weren't hard and flat. They had texture which not only provided visual interest, but acoustical baffling. It made the indoor landscape intimate and comfortable.
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Intimacy: understanding and being understood. Which begins with being heard.
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For the last two days, there has been an industrial generator running across the street, ALL DAY. It's like the dwarves under the house tunnelled up to the surface, and are now mining the building facades.
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It's not just annoying; it's EXHAUSTING. Working through loud noise takes energy. The brain has to filter and block it, and the brain is an energy hog--2% of your body weight uses 20% of your calories.
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By the end of yesterday, I was anxious, fretful and inattentive, despite wearing earplugs all afternoon. Today I spent the morning out, and am now hiding as far away from the street as possible.
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These padded seats at One Shot do their part to muffle ambient noise, but they're no match for a generator or a jackhammer. .
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LOTS OF FIDDLY STUFF=NOISE BUFFER.
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When One Shot first opened, back in the dark ages, I and my women's group got into a pitched battle with management over Very Loud Music and Rude Staff at 7AM. There were Incidents. Yelp was involved.
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They learned their lesson.
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Now, they're one of my favorite places to hang out. Their staff are delightful, they keep the music at a tolerable volume, and the atmosphere fosters creative flow.
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Notice: salvaged materials, rough surfaces, no bare flat walls or ceilings. In addition to creating an attractively relaxed vibe, all of this texture scatters ambient sound.
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JUST BECAUSE EVERYTHING LOOKS GOOD ON TOP, doesn't mean it's working for you.
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This week I met with a client whose house looked PERFECT. Everything in order, stylish, comfortable.
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It simply no longer reflected her soul. And she felt stuck.
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We talked for three hours--about her family, her jobs, her path. We explored WHY she felt stuck.
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And in doing so, we came to an understanding of how her space needed to change, and mapped out a way to have fun doing it.
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Making changes can be scary. But the rewards are incalculable.
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WHEN SOMEONE SAYS 'EXCUSE ME, YOU'RE STANDING ON MY FOOT,' the only decent response is to reply, 'I'm so sorry!' And move.
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Not, 'Slavery was over 150 years ago. Get over it.'
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Not, 'Stop whining, snowflake.'
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Not, 'No I'm not standing on your foot. I would never do that. You're making it up.'
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We celebrate MLK day in the US because MLK is dead, assassinated at a young age (39!!) in a society who regarded him as a dangerous extremist while he was alive. .
We still treat people who point out grossly oppressive systems as dangerous extremists. Colin Kaepernick is still unemployed for taking a knee, while a corrupt, mendacious, authoritarian traitor is in the White House.
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So on this MLK day, be aware. And be kind. We all need more of both.
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WHAT'S TRICKLING DOWN?
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Spaces that nurture the mind and spirit, like the Kimbell art museum, are publicly accessible to a point. They're designed with attention to the kinds of aesthetics that don't usually make it into affordable homes, with budgets funded by the wealthiest among us.
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So is there any advancement in mass-produced architecture and design, thereby? What's the pathway?
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Generally I'm an optimist. The barriers to communication, to experimentation, information, and starting a small business are getting lower every day.
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But solving the big problems of sustainability, equity and accessibility require collective action. And profitability is an incomplete driver for that process.
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ARCHITECTURE, BY DUDES.
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(View of Will Rogers Coliseum from Kimbell Art Museum, extension to Louis Kahn building by Renzo Piano.)
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I took this photo intending to write something lofty about 'public vs. private', resource allocation, and cutting-edge design.
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BUT TODAY I AM NOT IN THE MOOD.
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Today I am in the mood to point out that far too much capital is in the hands of far too few, and that those few are 98% dudes. That the landscape we inhabit suffers grievously from dudely myopia.
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And it's not going to stay like that.
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TAKE A CLOSER LOOK at the sound baffling on this ceiling. It looks like insulation painted black. From the point of view of 'bare timber on trend,' it doesn't read as especially anything.
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But it makes a VAST difference to your experience in the space. The noise abatement makes the difference between straining to hear and be understood in a one-on-one conversation, to effortless communication.
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And for the people working on laptops all around us, it made the difference between going home exhausted from trying to focus, to reaching flow state all afternoon. .
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
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Sensory surroundings=joy. The elements which make your space beautiful, also make them sensory accessible.
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So bring on the stained glass, the twinkle lights, torchieres and jewel-toned rugs. The luxurious fabrics, lace curtains, deep sofas and cozy chairs.
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Enjoy life.
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YARDS BREWING COMPANY earmarks a percentage of their profits for neighborhood revitalization in Philadelphia. They sponsor the Sustainable Business Network's holiday party every year. And at last night's party, they gave a rousing speech urging local business owners to Create Good Jobs, which is what Philadelphia needs.
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So it is with faith in the values of Yards Brewing Company that I now inform them that the sensory accessibility of their building is nil.
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The SBN party is held in a concrete-floored room full of bare Edison bulbs. The ceiling is un-buffered metal sheeting and steel beams; the walls are cinderblock and drywall, with plate glass windows down one side.
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Ambient light and sound, in other words, is torture. My ears are still ringing this afternoon.
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The aesthetics of the Yards bar aren't intentionally hostile--they're default 'on trend.' If they think about sensory issues at all, they assume craft beer drinkers are young, hip urbanites with hearing loss to spare.
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Yards, I beg you: reconsider. If you are serious about inclusivity, please put acoustical buffering on your ceiling, shades on your light fixtures, and padding on your seats. .
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The Danes have a word, 'hygge' (pronounced 'hoo-gah' or thereabouts) which translates as 'a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.' It is a cultural response to endless winters when the sun rises around 9 AM and sets around 3PM.
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Hygge is characterized by lots of low, scattered lamps, blankets on armchairs good for reading, scattered tea lights, and pots of mulled wine that simmer all afternoon. It may or may not involve board games.
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Because the Danes understand that you don't fight the winter blues with bright lights and hectic frenzy. You hunker down with a good book or ten, and a few of your closest friends.
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It's not a coincidence that the Danes aren't big on overhead lighting or cutthroat capitalism. It's also instructive that their level of happiness is the highest in the developed world.
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You ever know someone so oblivious to texture that they're always trying to force polyester garments into your field of consideration? Not the fleece or microfiber kind--the old-school scratchy, sweaty, stiff stuff that they made school gym clothes with in the 1970s?
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That's not clothing. It's a clothing-shaped object with no practical use or value.
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You never know what kind of fabric is going to be unwearable. I have a mixed-fiber sweater vest which feels glorious in hand, but causes a rash on the back of my neck.
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Texture is the difference between a transcendent pumpkin pie and a curdled mess.
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Texture can make the difference between comfort and crank-inducing.
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So choose your pillows carefully.
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SENSORY FRIENDLY LIGHTING can look like anything. The key is that it's not interrogating you. This contemporary chandelier at Luxe Home diffuses and mutes the light in a way that is both comfortable and striking.
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I hope you're not out shopping today. My wish for you is that you are cocooned at home with people you love, reading, talking and noshing on extravagant leftovers.
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I am cleaning my basement. No, you don't get pictures. 🤗
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