Olson Kundig Architects designed Sol Duc Cabin, a 350-square-foot abode that fits naturally into its wooded surroundings in Washington. The small retreat was constructed mainly out of unfinished steel and structural insulated panels, and it is elevated on four steel stilts to protect from occasional flooding from the nearby river.
When you are at a party and are thrust into conversation with someone, see how long you can hold off before talking about what they do for a living. And when that painful lull arrives, be the master of it. I have come to revel in that agonizing first pause, because I know that I can push a conversation through. Just ask the other person what they do, and right after they tell you, say: “Wow. That sounds hard.”
Harry woke up to the sound of knocking - a rap of knuckles on the wood of his bedroom door - followed by a clear, very familiar voice.
‘Harry, are you up?’
He shifted his head and groaned into his pillow but remained otherwise buried within the maroon, snitch-covered duvet. The door opened and in stepped a slim witch with wavy red hair cut to her shoulders. She crossed the room to open his curtains.
‘Come on, sleepyhead,’ she said, sitting on the edge of his bed. ‘Busy day today.’
Harry rolled over and fumbled for his glasses. As he put them on and sat up in bed, the face of his mother swam into view.
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"She was 2 lbs 11 ounces when she was born. We named her after Amelia Earhart, in case she needed to fly away."
"Do you have any advice for other fishermen?"
"You have to sneak up on them and catch them real fast. And you have to wear boots. I once caught a monster fish that went all the way up to the sky like a giant. I like giants. But not mean giants. I like nice giants."
“They are taking control of the water supply. They are breaking dams, and flooding crops, and destroying the food supply of an entire country. They are forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes. It seems that there is a hand behind all of this. They are very calculating. They are making their moves very carefully to destroy the human soul. They want to rob an entire people of food and water and homes, as if to wipe them from the pages of history. And when they take the homes from these people, the children have no place to play. The children have no place to be young. No physical space, and no emotional space. They have no place to be a child, so their only frame of reference is war and fighting. And when that’s all they know, how can they grow up to be doctors and teachers? All they can possibly know is the desire for revenge and hatred for their enemies. I wish people would understand that Iraq is filled with intelligent, civilized people. This was the cradle of civilization in the Ancient World. Even the Garden of Eden was here. These aren’t dust covered, nameless refugees being forced from their homes. The refugee camps are filled with architects, and musicians, and teachers.”
Before a Marvel and after… The “Marvel effect”