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I like the idea of lots of big windows to maximize the light in the house, the plant growing over multiple floors and of course energy efficiency. However, I agree, a garage or at least a car port would be handy.
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midmodfan
Beautiful, light and bright. Love all the thought that went into the building.

However, being 58 myself and having moved from a three story home to a single story bungalow, an elevator would be my choice. Should the owners' lives ever be confined to the ground floor, the other two floors would be useless, and they couldn't even split them off and rent them out to the overall layout. I am sure they took that into consideration, though, and living in a half-unused home may not bother them. I hope they can enjoy their beautiful home, all three floors of it, for decades to come.
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Pamela Bateman Garden Design
Shelly~ Thank you for sharing your ways of coping with grief during the holidays. Having lost a young family member many years ago during December I can confirm that the holidays are always bittersweet for my family and me. That feeling of sadness never goes away but it does become less sharp over time. You mention that your daily walks helped you tremendously. Being out in nature, I feel, is one of the most comforting ways to deal with grief. Anywhere outside will help but if you have a garden or a park where you can be alone with your thoughts then the sun, wind, and cold will often help you to feel that you are a small part of a much larger world. A world with darkness and light, coldness and warmth, death and life. The beauty of nature is giant world of healing created just for us.
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lisayvette
Thank you for this. My sister-in-law lost her battle with cancer day before yesterday and I just woke up thinking (well crying actually) about her young children and husband and did not expect to find this here. Thank you.
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Nani Sa
Is this berry?
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amiles97
Just what I need to add a pop of color to the house!
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msmaxiale
This article was very timely for me. After fighting my way through the crowds while shopping for Christmas presents; I've come to the realization that Christmas today has nothing to do with Christ or anything traditional. Christmas has turned into a consumer's holiday.

I'm looking into embracing the principals of Kwanzaa to instill some basic human values into my children. Especially with America becoming anything but traditional in all aspects of the word. Will be reading up on Kwanzaa and how to incorporate in into the season.
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notadumbblond
As per Wikpedia:

Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1965 as the first specifically African-American holiday.[2] According to Karenga, the name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning "first fruits of the harvest".[citation needed] The choice of Swahili, an East African language, reflects its status as a symbol of Pan-Africanism, especially in the 1960s, although most East African nations were not involved in the Atlantic slave trade that brought African people to America.[3]

Kwanzaa is a celebration that has its roots in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s, and was established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage by uniting in meditation and study of African traditions and Nguzo Saba, the "seven principles of African Heritage" which Karenga said "is a communitarian African philosophy".

You can't know where you are going if you don't know where you come from. What a great way to spread pride in ones heritage! Kudos to all the African American parents who share this holiday with their children!
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