The Backstory- the unabridged edition

“The only joy in the world is to begin.”- Cesare Pavese   On Deciding to Blog I’ve entertained the idea of starting my own official blog for a some time now.  I guess you could say it was an unscheduled goal, second only to my desire to write a book. Meanwhile, I’d held off for two reasons, primarily: First, I…

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Where Were You On 9/11?

On the day it happened, I was still sleeping.  My husband who, usually gets ready for work quietly, suddenly spoke with subtle, yet alarming concern to inform me that “There’s a fire in NYC and they can’t seem to put it out…” My first thought was to dismiss it.  But my husband- who usually doesn’t watch…

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Design Connects When We Connect

FIRMNESS (Structure) COMMODITY (Function) DELIGHT (Beauty, the Wow Factor)     Quote: “All these must be built with due reference to durability (firmness), convenience (commodity), and beauty (delight).  Durability will be assured when foundations are carried down to the solid ground and materials wisely and liberally selected; convenience, when the arrangement of the apartments is…

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Architectural Client Case Study #1: Expect the Unexpected

“Design Attendants, Prepare!” A former project manager/co-worker had once told me about a bumpy flight her fiance had endured upon returning from a trip out east back to southern California.  She was trying to console (convince) me not to worry about a long flight I was preparing for by recounting this horrendous story of how her fiance’s airplane suddenly lost altitude and unexpectedly dropped…

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