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Zoomed Out

I am officially Zoomed out. I never thought I would find myself saying that, considering how much Zoom (or Teams or Google Meets) has been a part of our lives for the last 18 months. Sure, the first few times were kind of awkward, but meeting virtually wasn’t too difficult…
jwa
July 30, 2021
Food for thoughtLife

Faceless

“By the way, we’re on Facebook and Twitter.” That was my introduction to social media in 2009. One of my partners walked in and made that declaration, and of course, her two older partners had no idea what that meant. We just looked at each other and said “Okay.” But…
jwa
July 16, 2021
Food for thoughtLife

Sweater Weather

I’ve started going to the gym again. I may need to take a sweater. After forsaking our gym membership in the middle of the pandemic, James and I realized the time had come to return. Sitting in our office chairs watching our asses spread wasn’t doing anything to get rid…
jwa
July 9, 2021
architectureFood for thought

Talk Talk

In 2010, one of my business partners at the time goaded me into submitting a speaking proposal for a state conference. Neither of us had presented at a conference before, so this would be a first for us both. What’s the worst that could happen? Minnesota at the start of…
jwa
June 4, 2021
Food for thoughtLife

Window to the World

Hi! My name is Gladys. Gladys Kravitz. I had that epiphany this morning as I sat at my desk watching workers unload construction supplies. At first, I was a bit alarmed when the flatbed truck rolled by with lumber and drywall. Which one of our neighbors was doing that level…
jwa
May 28, 2021
architectureFood for thought

The Higher the Hair

Homebuilders in the South (or at least in my part of it) appear to be operating under the old adage: “The higher the hair, the closer to God.” I was reminded of this recently while working through renovation plans for an existing home in one of Dallas’ suburbs. In addition…
jwa
May 21, 2021
Food for thoughtLife

Clean as a Whistle

I’ve never been a big believer in spring cleaning. Isn’t cleaning something you’re doing anyways? Or is this just meant to be the deep clean you don’t have time to do otherwise?  Somehow the idea that with winter gone you’re supposed to suddenly go on this massive cleaning spree has…
jwa
April 2, 2021
Food for thoughtrenovation

Sprung

Spring is springing. I guess that’s how you’d put it? With the latest round of rain and bits of hail, I’m feeling like spring has finally made it to North Texas. After February’s snow-mageddon, looking out my office window and seeing green has been a nice change. We still have…
jwa
March 26, 2021
Food for thoughtTravel

Tripping Out

Have you started planning any trips yet? With shots going in arms, I’m having a hard time not thinking about travel. Especially after foregoing our usual trips last year, and Matthew and I spending this week’s podcast talking about quirky international hotels. Ack! A million moons ago, when James and…
jwa
March 22, 2021
Food for thoughtLife

One Year Later…

...and 20 lbs. heavier! Who out there hasn’t put on the COVID 19? Bad enough we had the Freshman Fifteen. Now this? (For those of you who’ve spent the pandemic working out – kudos to you. But next time I see you just know I will probably poke you in…
jwa
March 5, 2021
Spotted Dog Architecture