Archive for June, 2010

In The Flow

Posted in Thinking Patterns, Uncategorized on June 29th, 2010 by Sandy – 15 Comments

Among the things I wanted to report on was an occasional accounting of being in the Flow. What is this? It is when the path your are on seems to be congruent with your interests and intentions and evidenced by  synchronicities( “meaningful coincidences,” the term coined by Jung).

Patty and I were driving south from Colorado to Santa Fe this week on my way to see my 98 year old mother in San Antonio. We had discovered audiobooks and were listening to two books by Robert J. Sawyer, “Wake” and “Watch” two parts of a wonderful trilogy. I have of late become interested in science fiction because it is the science fiction writer who imagines in vivid ways the future we may choose to move towards. Sawyer has a wonderful way of exploring the idea of an emerging consciousness on the world wide web. Sawyer is from Toronto. The proofer of the  book I will soon release, called, “How Frank Lloyd Wright Got Into My Head Under My Skin And Changed The Way I Think About Thinking, A Creative Blueprint For The 21st Century” is also from Toronto. We have been in contact quite a bit over the last months.

As the sun sets we see that we will not make Santa Fe by dark and probably not before 10 pm. The countryside is bare of any commercial activity. We realize that dinner possibilities are rapidly disappearing. We come around a bend and pass a restaurant sign. I turn the car around and come back, to my surprise in the dark is  the delightful Abiquiu Inn. We scoot in minutes before the dining room closes to a wonderful meal and a treasure for accommodations. At dinner we get our bearings and see that we are only moments away from the home of famed artist, Georgia O’keefe. I had always been drawn to her work. She was also connected to  Frank Lloyd Wright as both were drawn to the work of Gurdjieff, the Russian philosopher and knew each other. She and Wright were from Wisconsin and had travelled to visit  Taliesin West, Wright’s winter home in 1942, the year I was born. And as you can see on this website I have been thoroughly involved with Frank Lloyd Wright.

Practice looking for subtle synchronicities. They can make an ordinary day extra-ordinary.

What If

Posted in Thinking Patterns, Uncategorized on June 22nd, 2010 by Sandy – 4 Comments

I came to  Denver to attend a Univera Conference with Patty . ( They make state of the art health products). As it turned out I was going to do something else on Friday morning, but that little voice said to me, “go to the conference.” As listening to those intuitive signals is what I am constantly writing about, I shelved my personal plans and went to the conference.

Now at these conference there is always someone who makes an impression. As we all know motivational speakers, at at least the good ones leave us feeling pumped up and since we were in Denver, you could definitely call it a Rocky Mountain High.  Yet if we can remember just one or two things, a small shift can occur and like dialing for a new radio signal, one small shift after another is like the static we receive in between stations until we have completely arrived at a new clear signal- in this case  a more useful belief system. read more »

Building A Frank Lloyd Wright House-12th Post In A Series

Posted in Architecture on June 15th, 2010 by Sandy – 1 Comment

In this post we move to the second floor. Here Wright designed two bedrooms for the two small boys and a bedroom with a private bath at the far end for the daughter of the Cornwall family. The master suite was at the opposite end of the daughter’s suite. The master suite was quite large. Perhaps the future owners had prevailed upon him to expand this area. In many of his homes the bedrooms were quite small, even spartan, reflecting the idea that for the most part inhabitants in the sleeping mode were in other worlds and why use a great deal of space for that. Yet in this house the master bedroom took on another dimension like an oasis. It contained a fireplace, walk in closet, large bathroom and outside sitting deck.

We had no idea when we built this whether there would be heat gain, and so exhaust fans were incorporated. Yet the temperature was perfect, never requiring their use. The cylinder housed both the master bathroom and a small bathroom to be shared by the two boys. The bathrooms all carried the same color and tile design element. John Rattenbury, the supervising architect said that in this way Mr. Wright reinforced the idea of a unified design.

Here are photos of the hallway coming up from the first floor, the master bedroom and its’ master bath.

Why Not Try This

Posted in Thinking Patterns on June 15th, 2010 by Sandy – 18 Comments

Today I was on an all day drive and a great time for enjoying one of my new discoveries, audiobooks. On this journey it has been Joe Vitale’s book, “The Key,The Missing Secret For Attracting Anything You Want.” I highly recommend it to anyone. A critical observation of the author is that it is almost impossible to get what our conscious mind wants if our subconscious mind is not in agreement.

The challenge is that subconscious means just that: it is below consciousness. How do you find  out what is on your subconscious so that you can course correct to bring both in alignment? This is pretty much the topic of the book. He reviews several people who have various methods of doing just that. One of the great things about audio books takes place here in that the experts he refers to read and discuss their own recommendations. read more »

Building A Frank Lloyd Wright House- 11th Post In A Series

Posted in Architecture on June 10th, 2010 by Sandy – 1 Comment

In the last post we were looking at photos of the living room and the alcove at the opposite end of the front entrance and the dining alcove. To the right of the dining area is a cylinder which houses a half bath powder room and leading into the laundry room. The design was clever in this sense because some 80% of the plumbing is contained in this cylinder which contains two bathrooms on the second floor.

Walking into the kitchen from the dining room you would enter at the far end of the island. The cylinder is on the left in this photo. In many of Mr. Wright’s houses the kitchen was called the “work room.” it wasn’t very large. Originally there was a pantry and this photo would have been taken in that room. However, the Taliesin Architects realizing that times had changed and people love to congregate in the kitchen, took out the pantry and installed another working counter, sink and ice maker which is at the lower right hand side of the photo. By so doing, the room was significantly enlarged.

Here is a good point to bring out the idea that this original design was modified, as Mr. Wright, would have done according to his apprentices, had he been alive when this house was to be built. So, when a house was constructed, after Mr. Wright died, it had to be  brought up to code, and it needed to use materials and techniques reflective of modern times. The kitchen reflected the classic triangle made up of counter stove and workspace, sink, and refrigerator. A skylight bathed the room during the day. It was a very comfortable space, and easily catered to large parties, of which there were many.

The view through the three part windows allowed one to see the ocean in the very far distance. The circular window on the very right of the photo was in the door leading to the carport for functionality. The floors as you can see here fairly well were polished red concrete, a signature mark of many of Mr. Wright’s homes.

How To Add Meaning To Life

Posted in Discoveries on June 9th, 2010 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

Patty and I  invited the very interesting Dianne Aigaki, over for dinner the other night. We all met  at a garage sale here in San Miguel. It turns out that I had driven across Tibet several years ago, and Dianne conducts annual tours there. I put some images together to show her. Not only were many of the locations familiar, she knew several of the people in them, a definite synchronicity. Of course the ladies also had matching streaks in their hair to make it even more interesting.

Dianne and Patty

As I have mentioned in previous blogs, synchronicities, are meaningful coincidences: they carry messages. The idea is to make sure that you “harvest” the information that the synchronicity has brought to you. read more »

How To Reduce Personal Friction When Things Are Speeding Up

Posted in Thinking Patterns on June 5th, 2010 by Sandy – 5 Comments

The faster our lives become the more likely we are to create personal friction with those close to us. In this regard I am mostly talking about those people with whom you are in a close personal or business relationship, the ones  you depend upon most.

In this environment we frequently have no idea how difficult a time someone is having, not to mention our own challenges. If you are in a situation where you are depending upon someone to produce something you require it can be easy to have the communication flow disrupted. The situation can become even more aggravated as one party’s annoyance creates a reaction in the other person, and finally neither person knows exactly how to handle the ensuing breakdown.

The natural reaction is to point out how the thing the other person has done or is not doing is responsible for the mess. That leads to a reaction and or withdrawl in which lines are being drawn.

We can’t function effectively in this milieu. And if the differences disintegrate too far we can become lost, not knowing what to do or how to really solve the issue. read more »

Building A Frank Lloyd House-10th Post In A Series

Posted in Architecture on June 3rd, 2010 by Sandy – 4 Comments

In the last post we had entered the house giving us a view from the dining alcove to the alcove at the far end of the house across the living room or as Wright liked to refer to it, the Great Room. The Alcove footprint at the far end of the house is created by the common space from two overlapping circles. In sacred geometry this is called a “Visica Pices. More discussion of this geometric pattern is talked about at the following website:

The alcove was put to a wonderful use when seminars were being held because it formed the perfect shape for the “socratic method” of teaching. There was built in seating on the on the curved alcove wall facing one or two large chairs. The football shaped area looked out a story and a half of glass forming a mitered prow. One photo here shows the interior and the other photo shows this same alcove from the outside. It formed a “prow.” It was and is a wonderful area for a teacher and students. The house was used for this purpose for just under two years after it was built. Backing up to the windows were cabinets that hid a television set that would rise up when required and then return and be covered from sight. The alcove and cabinets were made from cherry wood. I have included a close up of the facia seen on the exterior roof, because the forms remind one of elders being a part of this house being a teaching center.

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