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Leif Weaver, my beloved brother-in-law, could not recognize his own mother's face in photos. He took the batteries out of my wall clock whenever he visited, because the ticking kept him awake. His spatial visualization skills were so powerful that he broke all the tests.
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This photo was taken by my daughter, Olivia, when she was about two and a half. Leif was building a stone path and she was helping. They uncovered a hibernating horned toad and marveled over it together.
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Leif taught me a lot about sensory design, as well as a thousand other things, by being himself, flat out, for every second of his too-short 45 years. I miss him every day.
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In the coming week, I'll be sharing some of his designs, ideas and insights, as illustrated by the house he designed for himself and my sister, and which we helped complete after he passed away.
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Love you, Leif. 💖💖💖
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I've done all of these things multiple times. Trying to create a healthy space to live my life. A space where I can breathe. Relax. Be my authentic self.
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Without some entity thinking they own me. My time, my money, my attention, my allegiance, my labor, my life.
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The labor movement is why we have a weekend. An eight-hour workday. Lunch breaks. Workplace safety standards. Unemployment insurance. Miminum wage laws. Child labor laws.
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Gratitude. And solidarity.
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CHANGE IS AN INCREMENTAL PROCESS. You don't just decide to build a palace and have it done in a week.
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Or a month.
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Or a year.
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Tiny changes, which accumulate over time, are how we make it happen.
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What's ONE SMALL THING you're doing differently this month?
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AIR QUALITY: one of the best preventives of COVID transmission.
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Open the windows, go outside, get ventilation, filter your air.
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The best air filters of all?
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Trees.
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What's your story?
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Your story--your dreams, relationships, struggles, adventures, traumas, victories--guides the work we do.
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Design isn't random. It emerges from who you are.
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THE THING WITH FEATHERS
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It's the first thing you hear in the morning,
the last you hear at night.
In the woods, in the swamps,
in the old steeple, in the ruined eaves,
over the wreckage of a car
your mother drove straight into a wall.
The bird won't stop singing.
It is perched in the ashes of a house that burned to the ground.
Wherever you move, it's one hop
ahead of you. Tireless
as a creek, it's a tune that will not allow itself
to be forgotten. It keeps building
and leaving its nest, all chatter, all expectation,
water singing to itself
in the shadows as well as in the sunlight.
That insufferable optimist.
No matter how many doors you slam,
curses you shout, rocks you throw,
it pipes up louder than ever
on this very branch of this very tree outside your house
--as if stones must be your way of applauding.
It was singing the morning you got fired,
the day you brought grief to the person
you most wanted to protect,
the evening when the great cause you'd pledged yourself to
failed. It sang
while your father was writing his suicide note,
the night your dear friend told you he was hiv-positive,
the night you could find nothing remaining
to believe in, when all you wanted
was to be left alone. It sings in places so dark
you can't see into them.
It's out there singing now.
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Chris Bursk
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Redesigning a space that's not working for you doesn't have to involve anything but a BRAINWAVE.
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This client suddenly found themselves working from home, at a desk which wasn't working. They were having excruciating back, neck and arm pain from a non-ergonomic desk setup.
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I asked them to describe the problem and send me photos.
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Then I replied with a simple suggestion for rearranging their setup, using existing furniture in unorthodox ways.
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It worked. Better workspace, less pain.
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Done.
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The hardest part of solving any problem is identifying what the problem ACTUALLY IS, and convincing others to LOOK at it.
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As our current state of pandemic, economic collapse, climate crisis, political polarization and social isolation attests, humans are really good at denial.
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We will endure any amount of cognitive dissonance to maintain an unsustainable status quo.
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So if you feel like you're failing at life right now, know that there's a BIG POSSIBILITY that it ISN'T YOU.
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This isn't a recipe for despair. As @kelly.diels says, unburdening yourself of the guilt you feel for failing at a rigged game is the first step toward freedom.
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What guilt are you failing to let go of?
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THIS FISHTOWN FAÇADE: SO WELL DONE. Symmetry, quality, maintenance. Every element has been chosen with care and beautifully executed, from the stone facing to the plant selections to the planters themselves.
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Living gracefully doesn't require McMansion-level amounts of space. It just needs careful curation.
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"I had a burst of creativity after Stephanie came to my home. Suddenly my hesitation and uncertainties of my decorating style vanished.
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Working with Stephanie helped me to clarify my authentic style and to begin expanding my ideas with courage and clarity. She listened to me until she clearly understood and knew me and my desires and goals.
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Stephanie has extensive knowledge in color and scale with an artistic and creative flare. She guided me to find my own way and steered me in a most creative direction.
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Stephanie always returned my calls and texts promptly, listened intently and was willing to stay in touch or visit again till my project was complete. Stephanie is reliable, friendly, extremely talented and professional I recommend her highly."
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Irene C, Cheltenham, PA
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DON'T BUY EVERYTHING AT ONCE. It's no fun that way. You're depriving yourself of the joy of discovery.
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Matchy-matchy is tacky-tacky, because it's a dead giveaway that you delegated your style choices to Big Capital. Matching everything is only produced by the machine. Not by soul.
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INSTEAD, take your time finding single items that you LOVE. Find them in the course of living your best life. Explore the unexpected and poetic ways those things can play together.
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Then you find yourself surrounded by YOUR OWN STORIES.
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Not some prefab doll house.
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THISTLES: STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL. Came across this thistle patch on my walk, admired it for many minutes.
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Every part of a thistle comes to a point, in fractals. The thistle knows exactly who she is. She's bold, clear, uncompromising.
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You don't say to a thistle, "nice color, but those spikes are a little *abrasive*. Could you soften up a bit?"
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Those of us who have been shamed for showing our essential nature have a hard time seeing our own beauty. Critical demands from others can trigger panic, helplessless, rage and shame.
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We can't change who we are, but we might kill ourselves trying.
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Does any of this ring a bell? Let me know in the comments. Boy howdy do I see you.
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Decoding Sensory Signals

So often, children with sensory issues are treated for behavioral problems, with or without acknowledging what sensory needs might be driving the behavior.
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