In Praise of Spring Cleaning

In Praise of Spring Cleaning

“Let’s decide on the appropriate place for everything…. This will enable us to know which of our belongings are safe and sound, and which are not, because the place itself will cry out for anything that’s not there; our eyes will spot anything that needs...
The Sight of Home After Work

The Sight of Home After Work

“Unburdened of his toilsome mission, Amphitryon welcomed the sight of his own home With the loving eagerness A man welcomes escape from painful illness Or from chains of iron.” Hesiod, The Shield Many of us have to leave our homes to go to work. Even if we would have...
A Room for the Family

A Room for the Family

  “No social group…can survive without constant informal contact among its members. Any building which houses a social group supports this kind of contact by providing common areas. The form and location of the common areas is critical… Relatives and...
Restoring Home Life, Room by Room

Restoring Home Life, Room by Room

“Every place is given its character by certain patterns of events that keep on happening there… The more living patterns there are in a place—a room, a building, or a town—the more it comes to life as an entirety, the more it glows, the more it has that...

Keeping Faith by Keeping Swine

“Of all Odysseus’ field hands in the old days this forester cared most for the estate; and now Odysseus found him in a remote clearing, sitting inside the gate of a stockade he built to keep the swine while his great lord was gone.” Homer, Odyssey, Bk XIV Eumaeus is a...

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