Earth Design: Geometry & Disaster Proofing in Architecture

aerial view of suburban neighbourhood - Portland Design is an integral part of the built environment that humans inhabit. We live in homes separate from nature, and in the developed world, we spend less and less time outside interacting with nature. This disconnect from the natural world has led to many developments in technology, but one of the most ancient principles of nature still seems to apply. When we design and build our own environments, the shapes that appeal to the majority of people still have their origins in nature’s example of symmetry, such as the fibonacci sequence, the golden ratio, or sacred geometry. Why are we drawn to these concepts? Perhaps nature is trying to tell us something…

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Hygge: the Cure for the Winter Blues?

Girl catching snowflake in her mouth. copyright April, 2005 Bill Frymire If winter has become less than enjoyable, why not try and take a page from the Danish, who have recently made their mark on the self-help section with bestsellers about their concept “Hygge”…

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Analog versus Digital

Digital technology has brought many wonders – connectivity, instant communication, the latest meme, Netflix, Spotify, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Skype, Google, and of course, YouTube cat videos. But a new movement is bringing back the analog…

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Resolutions Versus Small Changes

Bar chart and pie graph on gridResolutions are a tradition around this time. Maybe it’s the turkey coma, or the amount of Christmas cookies you ate, but for some reason you find yourself vowing to your nearest and dearest that “This is the year…

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Compassion, Animism, and Dressing Up Pets

Pug Dog with Santa hat. copyright 2005 Bill Frymire What does compassion have to do with our world view?

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A History of Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas ornament on pine tree branch

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Winter Home Tips: Outdoor Fixes to Prevent Problems

Man shoveling snow off driveway - Model releasedWhen winter hits, it’s not just a change for people, it also affects plants, animals, and buildings. Sometimes we’re too busy staying warm to want to spend a lot of time outside, but a small investment in time as the weather changes can make a big difference to your home.

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Poinsettia: A Christmas Tradition

Poinsettia plant flower close-upPoinsettia is a beautiful plant that shows up only around Christmas. So why do we have this tradition of a transformational plant where the leaves resemble flowers, and the colour brings us back many memories of holidays past?

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Holiday Traditions for a New Generation

young girl cracking an egg - making cookies The Holidays: some fear them, and some can’t wait for the next year to come. What Holidays do well is create a sense of time and tradition within families & friend groups, and create memories…

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In Relationships Is Loving Yourself First Important?

love-ring-heart-marriage-wedding When you commit yourself to loving another person for life, do you need to love yourself first? Let’s explore what different people think about this idea…

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A D-I-Y Halloween

jack-o-lantern, halloween, candy, trick-or-treatHalloween is changing for sure…

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Fall Changes: Leaves and What They Tell Us

vertical of young girl raking leaves in autumn
Leaves are an integral cue to us that fall has arrived. Today we’re going to explore the process of leaf colour change, what it does for tree health, and why some scientists are worried about the role of climate change on fall’s colours….

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Weight and Measure – Origins of Trade

statue of lady liberty holding the scales of justiceWeights and Measures are an important accepted part of our culture. We measure everything from bananas at the supermarket to barrels of oil for trade. So how did we come up with these accepted modern standard measurements?…

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Becoming a Leader – Lead Yourself First

man waving checkered flag - model releasedBeing a leader means different things to different organizations, communities, and people. But what does it mean to step up and be a leader to ourselves?…

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Cat Style: What they love

playful, cat, tail, recline, relax copyright Bill Frymire Nov 2003 A cat, just like a person, has preferences and ideas about their world. Of course we know that animals all have their own distinctive personalities and what one cat likes another might despise, but there are some things that most cats prefer…

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Outside the Box: Using Lateral Thinking to Solve Problems

light source over cardboard box Light source floating over an open cardboard box.Solving problems sometimes requires an out of the box approach. But outside the box is usually where a person’s true gifts lie…

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Know When To Hold Em’

Royal flush in diamonds on poker table with poker chips in the background How do you know when it’s time to fold? In a game of chance, the stakes are usually lower than in life. Just some money on the table, or some chips. But does how you play the game reflect how you live your life?…

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Beaches, Sand and Sea: a Symphony of Geography

Beach near San José del Cabo, Mexico at sunriseBeaches have their own special geography. It is a formation of earth elements that continues to fascinate and enthrall us to visit the ocean’s doorstep. Sandy beaches are especially appealing, with a warm sand surface that’s great for not just the millions of creatures that call it home, but also people and animals to relax on, play in, and make castles out of….

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Nature: Creation, Destruction, and New Life

marble globe on green leaf Nature world ecosystem regeneration growth newNature is a great force of creation – the birth of a baby deer takes seven months of gestation, a spider lays up to 1000 eggs in a beautiful silk sack to protect her young, a huge pine can grow from a single seed. But of course with every act of creation, nature also destroys…

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Democracy of Information: Social Media

Networking Abstract Globe showing connections Democracy of information is probably how you see the internet. I mean, who doesn’t think that they can just google anything and the answer is magically there? But there are some issues with the current state of internet consumption, and today we are going to specifically explore social media…

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