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Some Early Hope for 2021 | January Newsletter – The Dialogue

Wow, what a start to 2021… I was really hoping we’d leave some of our insanity behind, but apparently not. Instead, we seemed to have doubled down, like we did on masks. Despite all the insanity, there are some bright spots and great things happening. I want to share some hope for 2021 that I have.

Here are some bright spots that give me hope for 2021:

Dr. Yenor’s book, The Recovery of Family Life is catching fire 

And, this is great because the family is the core of a society. Any society that doesn’t value the family is in decline, so restoring the primacy of family is huge. Check out my interview with Scott to learn more.

People are tired of national politics

This may be a surprise, but I’ve seen even very political accounts already getting bored of the Biden administration. The media is definitely pushing this, although they aren’t the most reliable. However, a step back from politics might help us find some unity.

It’s a new year for your Reading List Resolution

Not sure about you, but I get hyped up each January for all the books I plan on reading. But, if you need some ideas, you can check out this list of books I find valuable or check out my Book Review YouTube playlist.

But what bright spots have you seen in 2021? Is there anything that gives you hope for a life after the pandemic? Shoot me an email and let me know! Here’s where you can contact me to let me know.

I hope 2021 is much better year, and it’s each of us working towards that together that makes that hope a reality. So, I look forward to solving the problems of today with the wisdom of the past alongside you.

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200. Restoring Old Homes with Beauty and Purpose Conversation of Our Generation

I've talked to a couple of architects and discussed the charm of local neighborhoods. In my conversation with Bill Martin, we discussed restoring old homes. And, we talked about his philosophy on how to do that in a way that serves his client and is in keeping with the neighborhood. Furthermore, he does this with sustainability as a primary focus as well. If you're interested in learning more, listen below to understand his philosophy. You can also find more about Bill's work here. https://conversationofourgeneration.com/2021/03/01/restoring-old-homes-with-beauty-and-purpose/(opens in a new tab) "Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness." -Frank Gehry Restoring Old Homes After a while, homes need to be touched up. Even if they're in good shape, people may want to change them to fit a new style of living. So, restoring old homes is important if we don't want to tear down and rebuild. It is also a more efficient and sustainable way of updating a home than tearing down and rebuilding. The practicality of restoration, I think, is clear. But, there is something to maintaining the character and history of a home and not getting rid of it. Doing it With Beauty And Purpose Bill does this with beauty. He focuses on creating an aesthetically impressive home that is in keeping with the neighborhood. Instead of trying to fuel his ego, he seeks to build something for the client and the community. Building with purpose is another part of this, ensuring that his building serves the client and the community. His approach that recognizes the need to balance these different uses and economic factors is unique. More architects should learn about his philosophy, which he calls E-FABism. "Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart." -Arthur Erickson — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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