Sunday, August 27, 2017

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3 Things to Inspire Your Weekend: #64


Quote of the day: 

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. -Vincent Van Gogh 



Credit: NYDaily News

It is one thing to buy a lottery and another to become the winner of the biggest jackpot in North American history.  A 53-year-old mother of two children, Mavis Wanczyk, won $758.7m (£590m) in the lottery. That is almost a billion dollars. She has come forward to collect her prize. She told reporters that she already quit her 32-year job at a medical center, and that she had picked her lucky numbers based on relatives' birthdays. She bought the ticket at a Chicopee, Massachusetts, petrol station. The jackpot payout which can be set to 29 yearly payments or a lump sum, is estimated to be worth almost $443m after taxes.Talk about being lucky. Those relatives must surely be lurking around the corner awaiting a cut from this incredible win.


Ron Finley, a gardener in LA
Credit: Los Angeles Times

Ron Finley, a former clothing designer is attempting to redefine how people in his community interact with organic food. He has built an enormous urban garden in his backyard in what used to be his swimming pool. He decided to grow his own organic food after having to do long drives just to buy some. He also plants vegetables in abandoned lots, curbs and traffic medians, all to offer some alternative to fast food which he believes kills more people than drive-bys and to create an outlet for kids in South Central who have little access to healthy food and outdoor activities. He gained popularity with his 2013 TED talk 'A guerilla gardener in South Central LA'.


Exterior of house with Dormer Window, Japan
Interior of house with Dormer Window, Japan

As seen on Arch Daily, House with Dormer Window
Architects: Hiroki Tominaga-Atelier
Location: Gifu, Japan

Brief: Rebuilt small house for elderly couple blending with the landscape

Theme:  Dormer windows on the roof for natural light and ventilation, FRP honey-comb panel on loft floor -transparent but heat insulting to get sun light to rooms.



Peace. Love. Light* 

52 comments:

  1. Did you hear Mavis was kidnapped after she left the studio and is now being held for ransom for $750,000,000? Once free, she will only have $8,700,000. Jokes aside, I would never publicise winning that absurd amount of money.

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  2. Well, good for her, I would rather it was me that won though. Maybe next time. Ha Ha. It's all well and good to fill a swimming pool with dirt, but ... our neighbor did that before we bought our place and he took all the topsoil from our yard! That little house looks as if it's being crowded out, think I would pass on that one.
    Have a great weekend!

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  3. I am inspired by your post. What a lovely little house!

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  4. Holding my ticket before the drawing was as close as I'll ever get to 750 million.

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  5. She is one very lucky lady! To say that I was wishing it had been me and my family is of course what all of us who lost are thinking 💰💰💰
    In the meantime there is wonderful and caring person, Ron Finley, who is trying to better the the world for those he can. A very generous gift indeed.
    That little house is nice but a bit to modern for me ~

    Have a lovely weekend💮

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  6. I like the idea of using vacant lots and other areas like this to grow food.

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  7. Hi Blogoratti - it sounds like Mavis has her head screwed on ... and I sincerely hope she'll be able to enjoy the cash, without hassles - and I'm sure she'll be spreading it around. Ron Finley is extraordinary ... that was a wonderful TED talk ... amazing ...

    The house looks good! Cheers Hilary

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  8. Love those clean lines

    (I'm talking about the four corners of that check *wink*)

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  9. Ron Finley is a real hero. He's right, diets can kill us and kudos to him for trying to make a difference. I also like that mini-house. As for lotteries, I never have played them, don't like them, and think they are a terrible way to try to fund government.

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  10. Hmm - that lottery win would certainly inspire me!

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  11. That is breathtakingly different architecture! Great design!

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  12. It surprised me to learn she quit her job so quickly - hope she starts getting her payout soon unless she has some good savings to tide her over! It also surprises me when folks publicize their winnings so quickly.

    Good for Ron Finley! We also turned our former swimming pool into a garden. :)

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  13. Great choices for your wonderful post!
    Happy, safe weekend to you, Mr. B!!

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  14. Imagine the good the woman can do with some of that money. Ron did so much good with an old swimming pool.

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  15. I just heard about the lady that won the jackpot this morning, what an amazing amount of money to win, you can do so much with it and I love Ron's story about re-using the swimming pool to plant food. Thank you for visiting my blog too! - Tasha

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  16. My husband bought a ticket and when I woke up the next morning I asked him, "Did we win?" Nope. I think if I did I would not publicize it. Her life will never ever be the same and not necessarily better. She will be bombarded with requests for money. Me? I'd probably end up giving most of it away.

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  17. Excellent post! Thank you very much :)

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  18. Thank you for this post, friend Mr. B ... especially on the Ron Finley segment ... as I am the biggest TED TALK fan there ever was ... and this talk is one of the biggest there ever was ... Love, cat.

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  19. One has already done a lot of good, the other, hopefully, will do her part. Her family, and her friends will grow in number exponentially, I am certain of that...

    The house has not be lived in yet, it seems to me. Too neat, too tidy! :)))

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  20. Honestly I would NOT want to win all that money!!

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  21. ...what a fabulous house!

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  22. Best of luck to Mavis. Winning that much money can really change your life.

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  23. Don't need all that money, I'm already rich in so many ways other than with more money than I could possible use. But of course if I did have it there would be a homeless teen shelter in my town and my kids and grandkids would own homes too. A lot of good can be done with money like that but first you need to protect your identity, set up a trust or other form of financial plan and then begin to dole out what you want to whomever you want. She did none of that and I hope she doesn't regret it.
    Kudos to the man who made the garden in his swimming pool. Way to go!
    Blessings to you!

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  24. Thank you for this. Have you noticed people are talking about the lottery longer than the eclipse?

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  25. I believe that in some States the names of the lottery winners are often made public by state law.

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  26. While it would be great to win all that cash, it might be a bit scary as well! I hope she does some good with her winnings!

    Peace, light and love

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  27. Have you heard of food deserts? These are places where there aren't any grocery stores, so residents have to go a long way off to buy their food. I bet Ron Finley has that problem in his area. Great that he's doing something about it.

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  28. Lucky winner! I cant even imagine what it must feel like to be her right now. Happy weekend!

    http://www.fashionablyidu.com/

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  29. Ron Finley sounds like an incredible man. I wish more people were motivated to help out their communities in this fashion. The world would definitely be a better place!

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  30. Thanks a lot for sharing) looks very interesting!

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  31. Thanks for sharing the articles. Have a great weekend! Regards, Valerie

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  32. Every time someone wins a lottery or prize, I get so excited, as if I actually won because I'm so happy for the winners. It's great when people can come up with ideas to help others, and that house is so beautiful! Happy weekend! Hugs...RO

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  33. A nice present - wouldn't want to work no more.

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  34. Some lucky woman that is!
    And veggies are much better than a pool, agreed.
    I´d love to have such a clean home, too...

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  35. Both great stories. The first one is going to change her life a lot. The second is wise.

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  36. We all caught lottery fever here in Massachusetts. The winner came forward quickly. Usually for a large jackpot, the winner tries to keep the news quiet and get some financial advice first. This woman may not be as lucky as we would think. She's been inundated with calls from everyone wanting to stick their fingers in her pie. She had to cancel her cellphone service and get a new number. The press has been all over her front yard and the police have had to provide extra protection for her.

    Wonderful about the vegetable gardner. Hope people are taking advantage of his generosity

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  37. Love the quote you've used today.
    Ron Finley sounds like an incredible man, great story.

    My good wishes for the weekend.

    All the best Jan

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  38. That's a lucky woman ! I never won not even a Teddy bear ! The house is not so to my taste !

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  39. WOW! SO happy for the lady, she deserved to win! ♥
    Also, the house looks like my dream place to live!

    Have a great Sunday!
    xoxo Suzy ( ˘ ³˘)♥
    THE KAWAII PLANET

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  40. These photos are so inspirational!
    Have an amazing day!
    xx Kris

    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

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  41. I'd rather be me with money than without. Would like to win a lottery.

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  42. I love the thought of guerrilla food gardens. ^_^

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  43. I love urban gardens- so important for everyone to get access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

    I wish the lottery winner a lot of happiness. It sounds like she is enjoying it so far. :)
    ~Jess

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  44. Vincent Van Gogh says it well.
    I like the architecture in the last photo.
    Wish you very happy new week.

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  45. As usual looks very interesting! Have a nice day)

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  46. Beautiful photos, my friend. Have a great day.

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  47. What an interesting house, I looked up the website and saw all the details there. The "elderly" couple must be young at heart to like it, I think. I do agree with Ron Finley about fast food killing people. As for the lottery win - this is possibly too much money, too much of a sudden life change, but some people would be able to handle it.
    More thought-provoking ideas, thanks!

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  48. What an interesting house, I looked up the website and saw all the details there. The "elderly" couple must be young at heart to like it, I think. I do agree with Ron Finley about fast food killing people. As for the lottery win - this is possibly too much money, too much of a sudden life change, but some people would be able to handle it.
    More thought-provoking ideas, thanks!

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