Fire in the Belly

I was going to post about something completely different today, but you know how sometimes an idea captures you? When I was in grad school, Darren and I had a prof named Ken Coates.  Ken is an historian of northern Canada who has published dozens of books on a wide range of topics.  He is […]

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Utility gets an upgrade

Suburban landscapes in North America have the potential to be bland and unappealing. I remember being at my parent’s house in the wintertime – they lived on the side of the mountain so you could stand on their back porch and look across the valley and out at all the houses below. One morning I […]

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playing with type

I discovered this website, Type Connections, courtesy of the lovely Swiss Miss. It is a typeface dating game, showing you which typefaces work together and why.  Lots of fun!   (Also, just in case anyone is interested, I added Parts 2, 3, and 4 to my original post on the documentary The Century of the […]

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DIY: Kindle cover

One of the great challenges of my marriage is figuring out what to give Darren for special occasions like birthdays and Christmas. He has very simple tastes, doesn’t like being made a fuss of, and is fairly particular. All of that means that I can’t just head out to the mall and purchase whatever first […]

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Documentary: Why Beauty Matters

It’s funny how things come around again and again.  I watched this a few months ago, and I was impressed by Roger Scruton’s argument that we are slowly destroying everything that is beautiful in the world in favour of convenience, commercialism, and self-indulgence. Within the past week or so, two friends have linked to the […]

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The dishes experiment

What is the function of a dishwasher? To clean the dishes. However, when your counters seem to be a permanent home for soiled dishes, something needs to change. As you may have noticed from a previous post, our sink area tends to get a little cluttered: This is a continual problem. Even though we have […]

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From renting to owning

Making a house into a home can be a challenge, especially when staying in one place is a novelty. When Darren and I were married in 2003, we started out as many young couples do, renting a variety of places and living as economically as possible. The need for economy was exacerbated by the fact […]

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Most beautiful thing: crocuses

This weekend Darren and I got out for a walk on our own, courtesy of my parents. After a few false starts, mostly caused by an exhausted little girl who refused to nap, we got out on our own. While last Saturday’s family excursion was fun, this walk reminded us of how much we need […]

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