Category: Literary & Language

I Am Not A Negro

“Yet Williams’ money and talent could not buy him acceptance. Clients refused to sit next to him during meetings, so he taught himself to start drawing upside down. In a 1937 essay for American Magazine called “I Am a Negro,” he wrote:

Today I sketched the preliminary plans for a large country house which will be erected in one of the most beautiful residential districts in the world. Sometimes I have dreamed of living there. I could afford such a home. But this evening, I returned to my own small, inexpensive home . . . in a comparatively undesirable section of Los Angeles. I must always live in that locality, or in another like it, because … I am a Negro.

I have Williams’ quote pasted on every Moleskine I own—not because I’m negative or an angry black woman. It is a reminder of the realities black people have endured throughout the history of the profession. It’s also encouraging; even with this overt racism, Williams still pushed and was a master in his craft.”

“Dear AIA: Please Acknowledge Us When We’re Alive” by Felema Yemaneberhan on CityLab

Newspapers or Hearsay?

“You know people use to get their news from newspapers, because professional newsrooms took separating fact from fiction seriously. And employed people who had studied how to do that. But now people get their news on Facebook by sharing. Or as it used to be called, hearsay.” Bill Maher

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Word to my mother

Word to my mother. See? I’m not crazy for selling those old books on Amazon; but I am for wanting new chinaware…


Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents’ Stuff
Advice for boomers desperate to unload family heirlooms
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Many boomers and Gen X’ers charged with disposing of heirlooms of family members who have passed away are unprepared for the burden — or unwilling to face it. (From Next Avenue)

“Young couples starting out don’t want the same things people used to have,” says Susan Devaney, president of NASMM and owner of The Mavins Group, a senior move manager in Westfield, N.J. “They’re not picking out formal china patterns anymore. I have three sons. They don’t want anything of mine. I totally get it.”

The Ikea Generation
Buysse agrees. “This is an Ikea and Target generation. They live minimally, much more so than the boomers. They don’t have the emotional connection to things that earlier generations did,” she notes. “And they’re more mobile. So they don’t want a lot of heavy stuff dragging down a move across country for a new opportunity.”

And you can pretty much forget about interesting your grown kids in the books that lined their grandparents’ shelves for decades. If you’re lucky, you might find buyers for some books by throwing a garage sale or you could offer to donate them to your public library — if the books are in good condition.

Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents’ Stuff

After my father died at 94 in September, leaving my sister and me to empty his one-bedroom, independent living New Jersey apartment, we learned the hard truth that others in their 50s and 60s need to know: Nobody wants the prized possessions of your parents – not even you or your kids.

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