Category Archives: Langley

The Holidays on Whidbey Island

Our holiday season on Whidbey Island is a whole lot less frenetic than it is in certain large cities and suburbs over there on the mainland. Whidbey Island won't be clotted traffic. No full-up parking lots. Or fraying tempers. Or rent-a-cops prowling the stores suspiciously evaluating every customer for shoplifting potential. Instead of all this, Whidbey residents...
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The House and the Human Heart

What qualities make a house satisfying, comfortable, and even rewarding to live in? Surprise! We find the finest answer in a book written 2,030 years ago: De Architectura, by the Roman architect Vitruvius. "The ideal building has three elements," Vitruvius wrote. The first English translation, written in the 17th century, rendered these as "firmness, commodity, and...
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