This was the trip I always enjoyed, one that embraced me into the lifestyle of people who lived there. I arrived in San Francisco on a Saturday night when it was really dark. The sun sets later there, usually doesn’t get dark until after eight. My closest friend Kim and her husband Joe were waiting for me. We drove to their new house in a gated community. They took me down to the basement to their big gorgeous guest room. But I didn’t have my bearings. I didn’t know how to turn on the heater downstairs. To stay alive I put on tons of sweaters and socks. Next morning we went to Mass at a charming little church called Our Lady of the Wayside. The pews had cushions! They made being in church a lot more comfortable. I must talk to someone at home about this. Now they have padded the pews where you kneel but not where you sit. Maybe I can inspire someone to donate cushions to our little church. Churches in the US are more convivial. Churchgoers are a community … [Read more...] about A sentimental journey
How rich people think
By Emily Mathieu Affordable Housing Reporter Tues., April 30, 2019 Toronto is in the thick of a global housing crisis and human rights and dignity must be put before dollars if the city is to have any hope of an equitable and prosperous future. That message was delivered by Leilani Farha, the United Nations special rapporteur on the right to housing, to the city’s planning and housing committee on Tuesday morning. “Worldwide it is now accepted and understood that there is a global housing crisis and I would say Toronto is in the thick of it,” said Farha, in Toronto for the release of Push, a documentary film in which she explores how global pools of capital have fuelled the housing crisis. The film is at HotDocs until May 4. “This visible homelessness on the streets is unacceptable in a rich country and a rich city like Toronto. The skyscrapers going up that are clearly not intended for the people who are in housing need and are clearly … [Read more...] about Homelessness ‘unacceptable’ in a rich city like Toronto, UN official says
A recent psychology study caught my eye because the interpretation seemed bizarre, and possibly misguided. The study involved a survey of several hundred newlywed heterosexual couples, which included a test to see if they were so-called maximizers, who can’t settle for anything but the perfect choice, or satisficers, who can, as the word implies, be satisfied with something that suffices. And lo and behold, the satisficers were pretty happy with their spouses, but the maximizers were only happy, for the time being, if they had attractive wives (as judged by the researchers) or rich husbands. The way the researchers seemed to be interpreting their result, published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, was that male maximizers should marry beautiful women, and female ones should marry rich men. Does this mean that even people who were really holding out for someone fun and intelligent should settle for rich or good-looking? Or is it assuming that money and looks are all … [Read more...] about Don’t date a perfectionist; they won’t settle for you
Enter Ko Soe Win Zaw, a civil engineer born in Shan State, who is using bamboo to construct buildings for the rich. The founder of Pounamu Bamboo Design and Construction, Ko Soe Win Zaw said, “Myanmar people have lived in bamboo huts for centuries. But bamboo is not durable, and traditional construction methods leave it vulnerable to being destroyed by pests.” However, by using modern technology, bamboo has entered a new era in which it is being used for durable luxury buildings. Getting started It has been about three years since Ko Soe Win Zaw set up his company to construct bamboo buildings at eco-resorts, eco-villages and private homes. Pounamu Bamboo Design and Construct also conducts workshops on construction using bamboo. The firm is now working on a resort in Myeik township, Tanintharyi Region, which uses bamboo in its interior. Together with UKAid, it is building a new training hall on Kadan Island in Myeik as well as a community hall in a remote village … [Read more...] about Ushering in a new era for bamboo buildings
The night of the elementary school talent show, we came home to celebrate with ice cream when my mother took out her iPhone to show a video she’d taken of my 10-year-old daughter’s performance. My daughter had played Ed Sheeran’s Perfect on the piano by ear and sung along. Despite her nerves, she got out there in the middle of the stage in a new dress with scattered sequins and sang her best, bowing to an audience of clapping parents before she walked offstage — an expression of relief and pride on her face.When I saw my mother’s finger hovering over “play” on her phone, my daughter leaning over her shoulder, I stopped her: “You know what... Let’s just let her enjoy the moment.”I’ve seen the way my daughter’s facial expression changes, her eyes squint slightly, and her neck pulls her head back just a little when she watches videos of herself. I knew that in my daughter’s mind she’d felt like a rock star … [Read more...] about Is the immediate playback of events changing how children create memories?