Indigenous Grandmother activist, Reverend Robin Youngblood (Video/news item) - (Facebook) - (Twitter) was nearly killed and her home was destroyed in the horrific mudslide in Washington recently.
The Church of the Earth is accepting donations for survivors.
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WHY A TREEHOUSE IS GOOD FOR THE CHILDREN, GOOD FOR THE STUDENT, GOOD FOR THE POET, GOOD FOR THE PARENTS, and GOOD FOR US ALL.* |
* especially EINSTEIN'S CASTLE, ™, a tree house inspired marvel by Fine Treehouse Building
Excerpts below reprinted from a recent Scientific American online magazine:
"...In the 1950s prizewinning biologist and doctor Jonas Salk was working on a cure for polio in a dark basement laboratory in Pittsburgh. Progress was slow, so to clear his head, Salk traveled to Assisi, Italy, where he spent time in a 13th-century monastery, ambling amid its columns and cloistered courtyards. Suddenly, Salk found himself awash in new insights, including the one that would lead to his successful polio vaccine. Salk was convinced he had drawn his inspiration from the contemplative setting. He came to believe so strongly in architecture’s ability to influence the mind that he teamed up with renowned architect Louis Kahn to build the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif., as a scientific facility that would stimulate breakthroughs and encourage creativity." (FTB: Treehouses can do the same for your spirit.)
"...Architects (FTB: and treehouse builders and dwellers) have long intuited that the places we inhabit can affect our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. But now, half a century after Salk’s inspiring excursion, behavioral scien-tists are giving these hunches an empirical basis. They are unearthing tantalizing clues about how to design spaces that promote creativity, keep students focused and alert, and lead to relaxation and social intimacy. (FTB: Giving more credence to the Fine Treehouse Code of Intelligent Building quidelines.) Institutions such as the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture in San Diego are encouraging interdisciplinary research into how a planned environment influences the mind, and some architecture schools are now offering classes in introductory neuroscience..."
You can read the remainder of the article here (fee). But what it says, if I may summarize, is that:
1) A room with a view of nature promotes focus, and rests the mind. Furthermore, the more green the view, the greater the effect. “We evolved in an environment that predisposes us to function most effectively in green spaces,” says researcher Stephen Kaplan. (A well-designed treehouse will often have a limb or two growing and spouting leaves inside the structure.)SO, new science research confirms the long-standing Fine Treehouse Building premises that 1) nature abhors a rectangle and so do we:-); - 2) the tree is the ultimate architect of any treehouse project, to the good of all; 3) "don't get even, get odd"; and 4) we are happier, feel better, think clearer. and create more easily in a tree than in a house or dorm or hotel or most any other structure, period. AND, most importantly, and this is one conclusion science hasn't drawn yet, but I'm betting will soon, which is: The common architectual over-reliance on the use of the rectangular shape, and the 90% right angle, is really square, man, and we're not kidding. Standard home building practices will make you stupid and probably sterile. Seriously, I've noticed many times how much better I felt, i.e. calmer, more peaceful, wiser even, when I was living (sleeping, working, and playing) in my "orginal treehouse" in the Berkeley HIlls, than when I lived totally inside. I still sleep outside (on a screened in porch, our dogs now claiming the treehouse) every night, it is so restful, though not as connected to the Big Wow as being in close contact with a tree, but still very nice. It's no coincidence that Buddha reached enlightment sitting under, and on the roots of, a giant tree. Try it sometime, you'll see!
all designs, text, and photos copyright 2013, 2014 by John Lionheart, Berkeley, Calif