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As our lives have become more demanding and faster paced in recent history, more and more people are feeling isolated and disconnected from their neighbors and communities. By reviving the Front Porch of your home and using it more regularly you can create opportunities to meet your neighbors, rebuild a sense of community, and reduce […]

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What does it mean to have an integrated east-west approach to architectural design? For me, it means having a foundational understanding of both eastern and western design philosophies and responding to design challenges in a way that is true to both perspectives. Finding this balance isn’t always easy, but it is possible. It took me […]

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Climate Change Update

Listen to science journalist Michael Lemonick discuss the effects of climate change on environments and ecosystems around the world (via NPR). Listen to Terry Gross interview Heidi Cullen on Fresh Air (July 22, 2012). Cullen is the author of the book The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and other Scenes from a […]

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Architecture for the Human Spirit

I’ve always wanted to be an architect for the people, to focus on human needs and desires rather than the politics of building, so in 2012 I decided to expand the services of Harmonious Home to incorporate custom residential design in addition to feng shui. Over the last few of months I have been providing […]

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As 2011 comes to a close, I’m grateful to my clients and my partner for the many opportunities and blessings of 2011. This year has been full and rewarding, but there is still much to do and more to be revealed in the months ahead as we transition from a Metal Rabbit year to a […]

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In October, I attended the 2nd Annual Earth Medicine Conference in San Francisco. At the conference I was reminded that by examining my ancestral roots, I can better understand myself and have more compassion and understanding for others. The conference deepened my understanding of indigenous wisdom and the power of cultural traditions. As an architect, […]

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Wabi-sabi is not only an aesthetic, it is also a philosophy born out of a Japanese world-view based on Taoism and Zen Buddhism. In Taoist cosmology, it is believed that all things that are manifest in the world come from the great void know as the Tao, and eventually everything shall return to the Tao. […]

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Summer Garden

I just finished planting a small summer garden on my back deck. It is full of bright flowers, climbing vines and summer vegetables. As a city dweller, I love getting my hands into the dirt and playing with plants and flowers to beautify my small outdoor space. After my morning of working in the sun, […]

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Wabi-sabi

I recently learned about the Japanese aesthetic referred to as “wabi-sabi.” For many years I’ve been trying to describe this very thing with my somewhat limited English vocabulary.  When I stumbled upon the term wabi-sabi in Mother Earth News, it was as if my personal view of the world had finally found a place to […]

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