At Least One These 8 Random Things Will Make Your Life Better

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A few of my favorite web sightings. In no particular order.

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July 8th, 2014 | Comments Off | P.S.
Goldilocks and the Three Firms

Once upon a time, there was a young designer, bright-eyed and new to the working world. She put a portfolio together, sent out a few resumes, bought a very grown-up power suit (the kind grown-ups wear) and went for a few interviews.

Pretty soon, she came upon a job offer and accepted it right away. The firm was verrrry small and felt like home. Everyone knew everyone, and they all wore several hats. But pretty soon, the designer started to ask some questions… READ MORE

Daydreaming at 15mph

 

If it was too cold, too hot, too windy, and definitely if it was raining, I wasn’t going. That was my attitude for years when deciding if I was going to head out on my bicycle. But, something changed this past year and I’ve become just shy of obsessed with road cycling.

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January 9th, 2013 | Comments Off | P.S.
Musings of a Second Year Teacher

 

No, this isn’t Helen…or her class. (Photo courtesy of Lake Wales Public Library Archives)

Meet Helen*, an engaging twenty something with a refreshing enthusiasm for teaching, who knows she can make a difference and is determined to do so. Helen is a member of the Teach for America corps and has been assigned to a school in rural eastern North Carolina. While she had no prior teaching experience or degree in a directly related field before embarking on this admirable endeavor in the fall of 2011, she was homeschooled through eighth grade (before attending public high school and college) and has five younger siblings…an education in and of itself! READ MORE

January 3rd, 2013 | Comments Off | Live & Learn
Guide to Easier Living

I recently came across the book Guide to Easier Living by Mary and Russel Wright. Originally printed in the 1950’s it provides a glimpse into domestic life of that period while also presenting strategies for simpler living. The Russel Wright Design Center notes that the book “offered readers a declaration of independence from convention, rejecting the dogma of ‘etiquette despots’ like Emily Post. Defining the way Americans live even today, Russel and Mary Wright wrote, ‘Good informal living substitutes a little headwork for a lot of legwork. It doesn’t need wealth, but it does take thought, some ingenuity and resourcefulness, and more than a little loving care to create a home that is really your own.’ ”

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September 28th, 2012 | Comments Off | P.S.
The Power of Community, Part II: Motomethod

Source: motomethod.com

Located in Vancouver, Canada, this repair shop is not like your local mechanic. Instead of just sitting in a drab waiting room, you can watch the work as it is completed and feel free to ask the mechanic questions. If you are feeling brave, you also have the option of working on your bike at their shop for an annual fee. All of the shop tools, lifts, and parts are available to you, just as if you were another employee. The local technicians are always on hand in case you need some help or advice. READ MORE

July 19th, 2012 | Comments Off | P.S.
This is Your Brain on Light

There is a tiny region of the brain – called the suprachiasmatic (soop-ra KYE-as-matic) nucleus, or SCN – made of only a few thousand neurons. This two-sided control center in the hypothalamus regulates circadian rhythm. It does this through the signals it gets from daylight. It tells us when to wake up, and when to go to sleep (unless you’re in college and then all bets are off).

Put more plainly, the SCN is our internal clock. Light controls our lives, and if you don’t play by its rules you can get very sick. READ MORE

July 9th, 2012 | Comments Off | Beyond Architecture
The Power of Community, Part One: CrossFit

Photo source: Eastside Crossfit

You have probably driven by quite a few Crossfit gyms, potentially without having any idea as to what they are. In the simplest terms, it is a back-to-basics exercise regimen. But in many ways it is a lot more than just a place to work out. People from all walks of life come together and do workouts as a group, not individually. These group workouts can be competitive, but at the same time CrossFit members are known for cheering each other on throughout the workout and for celebrating each other’s progress. READ MORE

July 3rd, 2012 | Comments Off | P.S.