Yearly Archives: 2013

Holiday spirit as we practice it on Whidbey Island

Like everywhere else in the country, the village of Langley gets itself all decked out for the holidays. There are sales, decorations, theater and musical performances, and a good and festive feeling in the air. Adding to this good feeling is Langley's LACK of certain features of the American holiday season: pushy crowds, surly store clerks,...
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You’ll notice the difference!

Winter on Whidbey Island isn't like winter in Seattle, thirty miles away. For one thing, it's not as rainy. Langley, our picturesque town on a seaside bluff on Whidbey's southeast end, enjoys a December average of .81 of an inch less than the big city. Admittedly, you might not notice the difference. It's still rainy. As in...
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“Sustainability” is a great buzzword

It's a chilly day. You're inside a home in the Highlands at Langley. You open the front door, expecting the usual rush of cold air. It doesn't happen. The cold outside air, seeming to know it's unwelcome, stays outside. The house stays warm. It's a trick—one of a bunch of them—designed into the Highlands' homes to help them...
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Building a Sense of Community!

We need to turn the whole idea of the American home around. Literally. Turn it around so that people's indoor and outdoor lives are focused on the front of the home, not the back. It used to be that way. But in the great suburban boom beginning in the 1950s, American homes started to cluster their real...
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