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MY FANTASY FOR THIS PATIO involves building an artistic greenhouse from salvaged materials, glass bricks, and mosaic tile.
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Failing that, I was at least planning on replacing the fence.
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Last week, after circling around the fence issue, and visiting a dumpster for scraps only to find I was too late, I cleared the grotty concrete, recycled the ugly plastic pots, found some dirt and some seed packets, put the seeds in the dirt and watered them.
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The anxious knot under my sternum loosened, a tiny bit.
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News from rural Maine is that the seed business is doing quadruple the norm. Apparently when humans find ourselves in a slow-moving crisis, our DNA tells us to PLANT THINGS. NOW.
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I can't grow enough food on my tiny concrete patio to get us through next winter, but my brain NEEDS to go out every morning, breathe some peaty air, and check on my seedlings.
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Are you struggling to adapt your mind and your space to the new norm? I'm offering Virtual Space Triage sessions via Zoom. Click on the bio link for more.
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The other day I was cleaning the shambles that is my back patio, in a chilly rain. I caught a whiff of peaty soil, and my anxiety level dropped abruptly.
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If I'm going to remain sane, I HAVE to prioritize nature. Walking in Wissahickon. Meeting friends at a safe distance in the park. Gardening. Making sourdough bread. .
The laws of nature are about balance and integration and systems. For too long, the human species has been acting as though this isn't true--as though we were separate from nature and from one another.
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We CAN'T do that anymore.
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MONEY IS JUST ACCOUNTING. It's a marker to denote the movement of energy as labor and resources. When the absence of markers prevents the movement of energy--when crops don't get planted, food doesn't get shipped, cable isn't laid, homes don't get heated, because there aren't enough markers flowing through the system--we have a depression.
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Printing fiat currency in a crisis makes those markers available in order to keep energy flowing. The danger of printing too much is that there will be vastly more available markers than labor and resources--then the markers become worthless, and we revert to a barter economy.
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Barter is inefficient because it means our skills aren't fungible. You can't pay your electric bill with a painting, or a website design, or by teaching a class.
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There's little danger that printing more currency right now will lead to hyperinflation and collapse, because we have plenty of meaningful labor which needs doing. What we need to prevent is people starving, dying, getting evicted, for lack of enough markers to keep the system working.
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This currency hasn't been available in the past because a very few people enjoy the leverage that hoarding their markers gives them over other people. That leverage allows them to maintain a system which constantly increases their power and hoarded capital at others' expense. Now that they are in danger of being rent asunder by a critical mass of people with nothing left to lose, perhaps they will rethink their greed.
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But I doubt it.
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(This random economics lecture in place of a discussion of antique furniture comes to you courtesy of a question by a FB friend. Photo: cool foot on a chair at Jinxed.)
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CRISIS=CREATIVE OPPORTUNITY. One of my planned projects--scrapping and rebuilding the back patio--abruptly switched gears, along with the rest of human society.
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I found this scrap iron gate in the back alley. Dug through the basement for hardware, invented some hinges on the fly, and voilá. It's not beautiful yet (and I'm going to have to find more scrap for a deadbolt), but I'm just getting started.
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This crisis can be the opportunity to create a new world--sustainable, equitable, connected. That's the intention I'm bringing to it.
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Will you join me?
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CLAUSTROPHOBIA? ANXIETY? OVERWHELM? CABIN FEVER?
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Maybe I can help.
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What you see is now my office. Not only do I have decades of experience in creating beautiful, functional, comfortable spaces on a budget, but I understand nerves. I'm with you through the panic attacks and meltdowns.
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And I can coach you on Zoom.
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Now offering Virtual Space Triages, at a special World As We Know It Has Changed Forever rate. Sign up for my FREE e-course at link in bio.
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We will get through this.
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I SOAKED UP SOME SUN before the quarantine hit. And in fact, it's still pretty safe to hit the bike trails. Strange how 'going out' equates to 'being around crowds of strangers' in our extroverted culture. For me, it's just as likely to mean 'taking a book and a sandwich to the tow path and sitting under a tree all afternoon.'
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As it happens, just before we started social distancing, I set up my first virtual design consultation. It's working well! So if you are stuck in the house, and the glaring limitations of your space are bearing down on you, drop me a comment and we will set up a Remote Intervention.
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See you virtually!
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THE NASTY WOMAN ORCHID BLOOMED AGAIN. Purchased originally on Election Eve, 2016, in celebration of what would have been the first woman POTUS.
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In the face of narcissism, misogyny, ignorance, cruelty, violence, plague and corruption, we persist. Orchids bloom. Spring returns. Ignorant despots fail.
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GAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!
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This is the bathroom at Cogito Coffee. You see why I needed to dedicate an entire post to it.
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Or maybe you don't. Which is why I am here to explain.
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The floor-to-ceiling visual chaos creates by these tiny, brightly multicolored tiles, creates literal vertigo in a person who is visually sensitive. Unlike tile which is laid in a symmetrical pattern, no matter how busy, there's no anchor. No matter where you turn, you feel dizzy.
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Imagine you have retreated to this bathroom because you ALREADY feel overwhelmed, perhaps even ill, and...you get the picture.
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And black toilets are a terrible idea, for medical self-diagnosis reasons, as well as causing anxiety in people who are subject to swallowed-up-by-black-hole sensations. And no, I'm not going to get more explicit than that.
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WHAT CAN YOU NOTICE that gives you joy in this moment?
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Our brains are not constructed to perceive reality. They are machines that filter and predict things in order to maximize survival.
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"I see only the past." --A Course in Miracles. .
Our brains filter out 99.9% of the information coming toward us. We only perceive a small bandwidth of the total electromagnetic spectrum, and then we cut that down to only focus on immediate threats.
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Sensitive and neurodiverse people filter just a little less, and we pay a price for it.
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But some of the benefits are worth it.
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AMY SHERALD MURAL AND A CRANE. Because it's awesome, and it's Friday. You're welcome!
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TRUTH: I got into sensory design because of hospitals.
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A friend wrote a dispatch from a hospital stay, back in the 90s, talking about how COLD he was. And how counterintuitive and violating it felt, to be in a place of purported healing, with inadequate blankets.
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And indeed, later studies indicated that 1) hospitals are kept cold for the comfort of the doctors, not the patients, and 2) the rate of post-surgical complications, infections and other secondary issues is significantly reduced by keeping patients warm.
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If you've ever woken up in a 'recovery room,' you likely opened your eyes on this picture. Beige, fluorescent, utilitarian, grim. Acoustic panels on the ceiling don't do much to baffle the constant beeping of machines, which healthcare providers tune out in self-defense.
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It's a big ask. But what if--far in the future--hospitals were designed to be as sensory-friendly as possible?.
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I stumbled across this amazing cellist at the 11th street station, opposite the escalator. The acoustics at this location are phenomenal, as no doubt she understands. She can be found at @aijeecello and is available for bookings!
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The famed violinist Joshua Bell once gave a performance in a similar location. Although people pay thousands of dollars to hear him in concert, the vast majority of subway commuters hurried by without a pause.
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Don't miss the biggest gifts. Pay attention. .
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