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“There Is a Myth, Sometimes Widespread, that a Person Need Only Do Inner Work.”

“There is a myth, sometimes widespread, that a person need only do inner work…that a man is entirely responsible for his own problems; and that to cure himself, he need only change himself….The fact is, a person is so formed by his surroundings, that his state of harmony depends entirely on his harmony with his surroundings.” —Christopher Alexander, The Timeless …


I Love Lists. Such as This List about What Gives Objects “Life.”

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day. This Wednesday: Do you agree with these 15 fundamental properties of “life” in objects? In The Phenomenon of Life, vol. 1: The Nature of Order, Christopher Alexander asks, “Can we find any recurrent geometrical structural features whose presence in things correlates with their degree of life?” He identifies fifteen features that appear …


Do You Agree That These “Patterns” Make Places Beautiful and Comfortable?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Do you agree that these “patterns” make places beautiful and comfortable? I’ve written before about Christopher Alexander’s brilliant, strange book, A Pattern Language. Few books have made such an impression on me and the way that I think. The book sets forth an archetypal “language” of 253 …


Pigeon of Discontent:”I Don’t Know How I Want My Home To Look.”

2012 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2012 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2012 a happier year—and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge—welcome! Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we’re also plagued by …


“Few Things Have So Much Effect On the Feeling Inside a Room as the Sun Shining Into It.”

“The fact is that very few things have so much effect on the feeling inside a room as the sun shining into it.” — Christopher Alexander, A Pattern Language I've said it many times, and I'll say it again, I love A Pattern Language. * Someone once told me, "It's pretty rare to find a blogger who isn't what you'd …