Recognizing Causes of Stress

Recognizing Causes of Stress

“A man is forced to make impossible choices among those desires.” Christopher Alexander, A Timeless Way of Building My wife and I were recently reflecting on a problem. There is so much visiting and hosting that we would like to do, and so little time in...
The Bathroom: Remembering Differences

The Bathroom: Remembering Differences

“We imagine solid unlockable doors to the bathing room as a whole; perhaps swinging doors to establish the fluidity of the area; and then opaque glass doors or curtains on the shower stall; a simple door for the toilet stalls—this is the most private spot; and an open...
The Living Room: A Place for Formality

The Living Room: A Place for Formality

“Unless the spaces in a building are arranged in a sequence which corresponds to their degrees of privateness, the visits made by strangers, friends, guests, clients, family, will always be a little awkward… [speaking of the custom in Peru…] Formal friends, such as...
A Place to Watch the World Go By

A Place to Watch the World Go By

“For instance, in order for the pattern of events ‘watching the world go by’ to happen, it is essential that the porch should be a little raised above the level of the street; it is essential that the porch be deep enough, to let a group of people...
The Marriage Bed: Can It Really Work?

The Marriage Bed: Can It Really Work?

“The bed is the center of the couple’s life together: the place where they lie together, talk, make love, sleep, sleep late, take care of each other during illness … The importance of the bed as an anchor point in a couple’s life is brought home in this passage from...

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