Monday February 9, 2004

Circle of Words - #6

Circle of Words is a weekly set of questions that are somewhat personal, spiritual, and will explore your inner most thoughts and feelings. Hopefully these questions will provide you with a little bit of personal therapy and allow your readers a little peek inside your soul.

Rendezvous with the Authentic Archaeologist

We cannot kindle when we will
The fire that in the heart resides
The spirit bloweth and is still
In mystery our soul abides.

-Matthew Arnold

Pretend you are an archaeologist and you are going back examining your own life. How many layers would there be? Meaning how many different people would you say you were... sure all of us were once a baby..then toddler...and so on...but at what point can you remember being a certain "someone" and than someday that certain "someone" evolved into another "someone". Different stages in our lives directly cause us to develop into a certain person that may not have been the same as the one before? How many layers do you have...and describe them the best you can.

Making Your Own Imprint

God is in the details.
-Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

All of us have our own personal style that is seen as we make our own imprint on life. Let's consider the following just for fun! You are moving into a new house that is completely empty! You get to start all over-from scratch!

  • What are some of the specifics for your ideal terms of architectural features to furnishings that you must have?
  • Are there any items from your childhood that you would love to have in your new home?
  • Your closet and drawers are empty...what would you buy...what style, colors...etc. Would you actually want anything from your present wardrobe?
  • Your kitchen cupboards are bare...what would you want? What type/design of dishes...linens...etc.?
  • What other kinds of things do you picture in your perfect home?

My thoughts

Rendezvous with the Authentic Archaeologist

I changed "me" every time I started a new school. I don't suppose I did this (at least not consciously) between kindergarten and first grade, but I did it consciously between 6th and 7th (Junior High), 9th and 10th, 10th and 11th, HS and College, College and Grad School, 1st and 2nd grad schools.

I don't recall making any particular changes between Grad school and my first job although I may have done so. I have been making minor tweaks with every job but they're very minor.

Each transition is one in which the people at the next location don't really know me. I can start with fresh first impressions.

Making Your Own Imprint

The thought of having to create and furnish a home from scratch gives me the screaming meemies. However, this is only hypothetical. Perhaps I could hypothesize winning a lot of money and doing a makeove. :-)

Any house of mine needs plenty of space and plenty of rooms. It needs, at minimum, a large master bedroom w/ en suite bath, a guest room, an office for each of us (Rich and myself), a large living room, and a library. It needs a sunroom and one or more screen porches. The front and back porches should both be enclosed — screens in the summer, windows in the winter. Except for the enclosed front porch, we have this now :-)

I have things from my childhood in my current house - books, a few stuffed toys. I'd keep them with me. I like my current house and its contents very much. I'd probably just keep most of it.

Furnishings would be mostly a combination of Danish modern wooden tables and La-Z-Boy recliners. All side tables should have two levels. The dining room table should be extendable for at least 12 people (I don't have this now). I'd probably choose much of the same furniture we have now, only newer. I like our dishes (Corell). I like my clothes too!

What other kinds of things do you picture in your perfect home?

I've thought about style and design quite often. If I had land to build on and could build my own home... Privacy and space would be my primary considerations.

I'd like a house with a central courtyard, at least 20 feet on a side, preferably more, entirely surrounded by house and open to the sky. I'd like plenty of windows facing into the courtyard and only a few facing out to neighbors and the street. Window-less walls should all have built-in book cases! Perhaps a top story done like a sunroom, with all walls glass to 3 feet above the floor (bookcases below :-) and a glass ceiling.

I'd like plenty of room and plenty of rooms - office, computer lab, workshop, laundry, library (a large 2-story library with floor to ceiling bookshelves on four walls and a second-level catwalk). I'd like a kitchen in which two people could walk around without bumping each other. I'd like a guest suite with a small sitting area and its own bath as well as a master suite with sitting area, walk-in closets, and large bath.

As long as we're doing a blue-sky wish list, I want at least 5 acres and I'll take a small orchard out back with fruit trees and perhaps almonds. And a duck pond :-)

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