One: You should never judge a book by its cover.
Proof positive of that wise adage is this 200-year-old stone house in Linescio, Switzerland. For most of us, a crumbling stone facade would be license to tear the whole thing down and start again. But Buchner Bründler Architekten (via Archfly) had other ideas: They built a home within a home – using a minimalist approach to counter balance the battered stone outside: Tall, new-wood shutters fold open to reveal original window frames, a new bathtub sinks into a concrete floor set alongside weathered stone, and the kitchen counter tops are one long concrete slab that runs to a small, two century old window. An interesting metaphor for aging, perhaps? As camparigirl likes to say: you can teach an old dog new tricks… brilliant stuff.
Two: “The whole of life is just like watching a film.
Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.” —from Moving Pictures
The literary world, his friends, family and millions of fans knew Sir Terry Pratchett as a man who satirised the world “with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.” Sweetly shown in his reference to the Alzheimers Disease that assailed him for eight years as: “an embuggerance”. Sir Terry died last Thursday, at his home “with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family”. He was 66 years old and had written 70 novels. A great life, well lived.
Three: The Four Tells of a Lie
According to Communications Expert Noah Zandan, we hear between 10 and 200 lies day. Spotting them and recognising the forked tongue speaker for what they are, is not always easy. But there are four dead give-aways:
- Liars reference themselves less when making deceptive statements. They write or talk more about others, often using the third person to distance and disassociate themselves from their life.
- Liars tend to be more negative because, on a subconscious level, they feel guilty about lying.
- Liars typically explain events in simple terms, since our brains struggle to build a complex lie. Judgment and evaluation are complex things for our brains to compute.
- Even though liars keep descriptions simple, they tend to use longer and more convoluted sentence structure, inserting unnecessary words and irrelevant but factual-sounding details in order to pad the lie.
Watch this Ted Ed Short animation on how to rumble a Liar.
Four: “I hate my Teacher”
I love it when the Nans come home with descriptions of affronts suffered at the hands of their harridan teachers. To them: authoritarian figures who behave in ways that are “just not FAIR”. To me: brave fools, determined to educate these children even if it kills them.
In My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)”, writer/Illustrator Peter Brown recounts the sweetly optimistic tale of one little boy, Bobby, who sees his stern teacher, Ms. Kirby, as a scary green ogre. Until one weekend, when the two unexpectedly bump into each other at the park. As they interact, Ms Kirby slowly changes from monster to ordinary young woman. And Bobby learns that context is everything.
Five: What Goes Around Comes Around:
So, it turns out that Karma is not just about a pat on the head for your good deeds or bitch-slap for the bad. Which I didn’t know until I read this. For your edification and possible insurance – here are the Six Main Laws of Karma (Via Earth We Are One)
- The Great Law: cause and effect – aka as you sow, so shall your reap. aka what you put in is what you will get out.
- The Law of Creation: life doesn’t just happen, it requires participation. you are the key part to creating the life you want.
- The Law of Humility: by refusing to see and accept a situation – you give it permission to continue. it’s only by working through the hard stuff that we get rid of it.
- The Law of Growth: Wherever you go, there you are … aka you always take yourself with you. Change has to start with you. Because other people won’t.
- The Law of Responsibility: we mirror what surrounds us, what surrounds us mirrors us. If there is something unhealthy in us – we will see unhealthiness in our lives. If we see it in our lives – it is happening internally in us. Karma’s version of Psychology’s: “if you spot it you got it.”
- The Law of Connection: Everything is interrelated. Past, present, future all linked. Each step leads to the next. No one thing is more important than the next. Taking care of one, will take care of all.
That’s all folks, may you live well this week and prosper.