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jwa

LifeTravel

Motel Hell

James and I are hotel snobs. When we travel, we definitely look for comfort and don’t mind spending a few extra dollars to achieve that end. Personally, I blame James’s company, who put him up off and on for six months at The Ritz Carlton in downtown Philly. Not to…
jwa
July 29, 2022
architectureLife

Just Too Hot

Something has gone terribly wrong when you wake, hear the day’s forecast, and think: “That’s nice. Only 100. And cloudy too. What a nice change!” Terribly. Terribly. Wrong. Anyone paying any attention knows just how high the temperatures in Dallas have been. And I’ve heard the comment more than once…
jwa
July 22, 2022
architecturebusinessLife

Bad Politics

A client informed me recently that their project was being shelved, they were putting their house on the market, and they were moving back to Colorado. While I’m disappointed to lose any project, I am delighted to have another connection in Denver to visit (No offense, Bill), especially as James…
jwa
July 15, 2022
architectureFood for thoughtLife

From the Ground Up

Which floor did you want? At least a few times a week, someone gets on the elevator in my building and finds themselves exiting at the wrong floor. Most usually catch themselves before stepping out, but I’ve seen a few step off with the most puzzled look on their face. …
jwa
July 8, 2022
Life

Hairy Situation

James and I have been without a spotted dog – or any dog – for three months now. Hard to believe that much time has passed since we said goodbye to Boo. The house has certainly been quieter, and we haven’t had to help anyone up and down off the…
jwa
July 1, 2022
Food for thoughtLife

Not the Issue

Liberal teachers. Abortion. Absent fathers. Mental health. Wokeness. Erosion of faith. Smartphones (yes, smartphones). Cultural sickness (whatever that encompasses). Following the Uvalde school shooting, all the above were excuses trotted out for why the shooting happened. One conspiracy theory that was promoted by some Congress members even had the shooter…
jwa
June 24, 2022
Life

Magic Mirror

I had the rude shock the other morning of looking in the mirror and realizing just how much I look like my father. Oof! Definitely wasn’t prepared for that kicking off my day. Not that I didn’t already know this. To look at me is to look at my dad…
jwa
June 7, 2022
LifeTravel

Snow Day

I feel like the biggest dork. And not for the usual reasons, but because it snowed. Obviously not here in Dallas. Snow in May would cause people here to lose their minds. It’s bad enough when that happens in March. I can only imagine the craziness that would ensue if…
jwa
May 27, 2022
architectureFood for thought

Form, Function, and Bob

Forget about Louis Sullivan’s notion of form ever follows function. Venturi’s idea of complexity and contradiction. Or even Rossi’s thoughts on urban design. I have found someone new to follow when thinking about how best to approach architecture and design. Bob Ross. Yes. That Bob Ross. In a fit of…
jwa
May 20, 2022
Food for thoughtLife

Sunday Funday

I didn’t work last Sunday. Or the Sunday before that. Between this past weekend being my birthday weekend, and the prior coming at the end of a nine-day drawing sprint, I made the executive decision to not open my laptop and just enjoy the day. Not like my boss was…
jwa
May 13, 2022
Spotted Dog Architecture