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The tiny house trend began 100 years ago

The tiny house trend began 100 years ago

Maybe you’ve watched one too many episodes of Tiny House Nation (or Tiny House Hunters or Tiny House, Big Living or Tiny Luxury or Container Homes), and now you want to downsize your life into a 600-square-foot paradise. It’s the new way to live! But as an archival collection shared via JSTOR by Western Michigan University shows, the tiny house trend isn’t new at all. In the 1920s, sociologist and social reformer Caroline Bartlett Crane designed and promoted what we would now consider a tiny home as part of a larger effort to provide adaptable, affordable housing in the United States. Trained in both sociology and in the ministry, Crane believed “that housing reform was essential and perhaps key to all other social improvements in an increasingly democratic society,” writes Nancy J. Rosenbloom, and she looked for solutions to problems wherever possible. In 1891, while in Great Britain on a preaching circuit, she visited the Salvation Army and Toynbee Hall, a “foundational settlement house” in a worldwide movement to provide charitable housing in a manner that would put the working classes in contact with the wealthy. With her …

Normani Reveals Her Parents Began Cancer Treatment as She Was Starting Her Solo Music Career

Normani Reveals Her Parents Began Cancer Treatment as She Was Starting Her Solo Music Career

After Normani announced her long-awaited debut album, Dopamine, on Wednesday, the singer is opening up about the tumultuous journey that led to this moment. In a new interview with Who What Wear, the 27-year-old songstress reflects on how a double cancer diagnosis led to her putting her career on the back burner. It’s been nearly six years since Normani and her Fifth Harmony group members — originally comprised of Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane, Camila Cabello, and Ally Brooke — announced they were going on an indefinite hiatus to “purse solo endeavors” back in March 2018. Since then, the singer’s solo career has consisted of sporadically released singles over the last several years, although most drops have been met with much acclaim. Her 2019 breakout hit, “Motivation,” was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and landed on various publications’ year-end lists. It was even named one of the songs that defined the 2010s by iHeartRadio and was ranked as the 79th greatest song of the 2010s by Crack Magazine.  She’s released a two-song EP with Calvin Harris in 2018, collaborated with 6lack, Sam Smith, …

Did the Universe have zero entropy when it first began?

Did the Universe have zero entropy when it first began?

One of the most inviolable laws in the Universe is the second law of thermodynamics. It tells us that, in any physical system, where nothing (no particles and no energy) is exchanged with the outside environment, entropy always increases. This is true not only of a closed and isolated system within our Universe, but of the entire Universe itself. If you look at the Universe today and compare it to the Universe at any earlier point in time, you’ll find that the entropy has always risen and continues to rise, with no exceptions, throughout all of our cosmic history. But what if we go all the way back to the earliest times of all: to the very first moments of the Big Bang? What about even earlier: to the epoch of cosmic inflation that preceded and set up the hot Big Bang? If entropy has always increased, does that mean that the entropy of the Universe started from a value of zero at some initial time, and a state of what we might think of …

‘Everybody looks after each other!’ Fifty years of the commune that began with a Guardian ad | Life and style

‘Everybody looks after each other!’ Fifty years of the commune that began with a Guardian ad | Life and style

Miriam Burns has had a busy day. It is only the early afternoon and she has already milked the cows and made lunch for dozens of people – a feast that included a giant tortilla, vegetables from the garden, carrot soup, and piles of perfect (and still warm) wholemeal rolls. She did lunch single-handed today. “You do kind of get in the swing of it,” she says. Supper tends to be more of a two-person job. “You’re more likely to have to go out to the garden and dig something up.” Burns, 61, lives at Old Hall, a vast manor house with 26 hectares (65 acres) in a Suffolk village, along with 51 others. On the day I visit, crisp and sunny and wintry, many people are out at work. “I think it’s healthy that most people have jobs, so they have a life outside,” says Burns, who works for the local NHS mental health team. Other residents are working on and around the house. Some are clearing beds in the garden, and a small …

I Failed At Therapy — And That’s When My True Recovery Began

I Failed At Therapy — And That’s When My True Recovery Began

For years, I believed therapy didn’t work for me. I’d leave initial sessions feeling either “too much” for therapists to deal with, or that my problems weren’t severe enough to warrant therapy. Only after realizing I probably had ADHD did I see my approach as a trait, not a shortcoming — and realized I probably needed a therapist who understood ADHD. At first, I was right. For the first time, I felt seen, even energized after leaving my 45-minute sessions. My therapist, who also had ADHD, was easily able to keep up with my “info-dumping” stream-of-consciousness sessions. Understanding all the shame my traits had engendered over time, she helped me start to unpack my issues around emotional dysregulation. But then, about 18 months in, therapy felt like it stopped working. I’ve burned out in nearly every job I’ve ever had. Tech support, freelancing, and marketing roles all led to the same place: the mental image, accompanied by the ghost sensation, of pancaking into a brick wall. Then, for weeks afterward, being wholly unable to produce. This …

Why I Began Throwing Kink Parties That Center Asians

Why I Began Throwing Kink Parties That Center Asians

My coming out as a kink enthusiast began with an Instagram post: a video of me, tied shibari style, struggling with my constraints. It was a raw, unfiltered and gently pornographic expression of my BDSM lifestyle. The reaction was mixed — I got admiration, shock and even suggestions on how to monetise the video. It might have seemed like a reckless unveiling to my peers and family, especially as an Ivy League-trained Chinese American journalist who spent her 20s fighting for a career in a notoriously competitive industry. “Why would a woman with so much privilege risk her reputation for this?” some of them wondered. It’s because I was tired. I’d spent my 20s curating and maintaining a facade of the type of “perfection” that kept me in a constant state of anxiety. I was determined to start my 30s with a new type of confidence. If I can’t have fun now, then when? That video changed my life. It was my “fuck you” to the unspoken rules imposed on Asian American women — to …

Israeli jets hit Lebanon in heaviest strike since Gaza war began

Israeli jets hit Lebanon in heaviest strike since Gaza war began

BEIRUT — Israel on Wednesday launched its longest and heaviest attack in years on neighboring Lebanon since the start of the Gaza war, striking several locations in the south, killing at least one Hezbollah fighter and three civilians, and raising further the specter of war between the two long-standing enemies. Israeli fighter jets began “an extensive wave of attacks in Lebanese territory,” Israeli Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari announced as the strikes were underway, saying details were to follow. The action followed a morning attack launched from Lebanon into the northern Israeli town of Safed that struck a house and an Israel Defense Forces base. One Israeli woman was killed and at least eight people were wounded, said Ilana Stein, a spokesperson for the National Public Diplomacy Directorate. She blamed Hezbollah rocket fire. “This can no longer be our reality,” she said. Hezbollah, the Iranian-aligned paramilitary that is also Lebanon’s most powerful political group, did not immediately claim responsibility. Hezbollah has joined an array of groups that say they’re supporting Hamas by striking Israel and, in …

Want to write a book? Oliver Sacks and Susan Barry began theirs as letters

Want to write a book? Oliver Sacks and Susan Barry began theirs as letters

Adapted from Dear Oliver: An Unexpected Friendship with Oliver Sacks by Susan R. Barry. Copyright © 2024 by the author and reprinted by permission of The Experiment. In December 2004, I sent my first letter to Oliver Sacks describing a remarkable change in my vision. He was intrigued and wrote back right away. Thus, we began a ten-year correspondence involving over 150 letters; the last were exchanged three weeks before Oliver died.  “Most of my books have started out as letters to colleagues or friends […] and I think of the book as a ‘letter’ to everybody,” Oliver once wrote to me, and I found myself using my letters to Oliver in just this way. As I wrote, I worked out problems and fleshed out ideas, many of which ended up in my first book, Fixing My Gaze.  When I described to Oliver the experiences of two of my students, he found them fascinating and encouraged me to write their stories. Here is the first of those letters, written on Oct. 11, 2014: Dear Oliver, …

Rare swallowtail butterfly suffers worst summer since records began | Butterflies

Rare swallowtail butterfly suffers worst summer since records began | Butterflies

The swallowtail, one of Britain’s rarest butterflies and also the largest, has suffered its worst summer since records began. The butterfly is confined to the Broads in East Anglia, where its caterpillar’s food plant is found, and is now breeding on just 16 sites. The swallowtail is among hundreds of freshwater animals and plants in Britain’s smallest but most biodiverse national park which are imperilled by global heating. Summer droughts and sea level rise are causing saltwater to enter the freshwater Broads, while winter floods are covering marshland with water for prolonged periods, threatening many rare species. Conservation scientists fear that this summer’s swallowtail population could be even smaller because its chrysalises will have been submerged in flood water this winter for too long to survive. The butterfly overwinters in its chrysalis, which is usually attached to reed stems close to the water. The chrysalis has been found to survive short periods underwater but many Broadland reed beds and marshes have been flooded since October. Mark Collins, chair of the Swallowtail and Birdwing Butterfly Trust, …

UK experiences the hottest January day since records began | Weather | News

UK experiences the hottest January day since records began | Weather | News

The mercury rocketed to 19.6C in Kinlochewe village in Wester Ross, in the Highlands, making it a January record for the UK and a whole winter record for Scotland, according to provisional data from the Met Office. The previous record for a January day was set in the villages of Inchmarlo and Aboyne in Aberdeenshire which hit 18.3C in 2003, while Aber, in Ceredigion, Wales, reached the same level in both 1958 and 1971. The high is a result of a rare situation that sees isolated spots near mountains hit with a narrow blast of hot air. Most of the UK experienced a relatively mild and dry autumn and winter and is currently in the grip of a southerly wind, bringing warm air up from the Azores. In the more mountainous regions of the north, a phenomenon known as the Foehn Effect has amplified the conditions further. The effect sees air rise up a mountain, heat up in mild, dry conditions high up, before travelling down the other side of the slope, bringing the extra …