Saturday, September 09, 2017

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3 Things to Inspire Your Weekend: #66

Quote of the day: 

We do not remember days, we remember moments. -Cesare Pavese

Jemima Layzell had a brain aneurysm
Credit: Guardian

The organs of a 13-year-old girl who passed away unexpectedly has helped to save the lives of at least 8 people. Jemima Layzell had a brain aneurysm -a bulging and weak area in the wall of an artery supplying blood to the brain, she had collapsed during birthday preparations for her mother Sophy Layzell. She died four days later in hospital in 2012. Just a couple of weeks prior the family had discussed organ donation as a family member had died in a car crash. Although her parents found it hard to do but in the end they are glad they decided to donate her organs which were transplanted to eight people-as such becoming the largest number in the history of the organ donation service. Her parents have set up the Jemima Layzell Trust in her memory to help survivors.

Braden Baker grew up wearing hearing aids
Credit: MSN

After being diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss as an infant, ten year-old Braden Baker grew up wearing hearing aids. The family dog destroyed the devices twice -and with each costing a lot he was given a talk about being more responsible with them by his mother Ashley Baker. The prep talk would later motivate Braden to think of ways to help kids with hearing impairments who couldn't afford to buy the costly devices. It led to his creation of a funding page which raised $15,000 and his family partnered with Oticon Hearing Foundation to which the money was donated. The foundation will use the money to provide hearing aids to children from families who cannot afford them.

As seen on Arch Daily, Back Country House
Architects: LTD Architectural Design Studio
Location: Puhoi, New Zealand
Photographs: Jo Smith

Brief: Aiming at simplicity with open and shared spaces as opposed to enclosed and separate

Theme:  Located in a secluded bush-clad site playing on the unique topology of the area, with a feeling of enhanced connection to the surrounding environment. Open living areas, spacious and with extensive use of locally sourced band sawn macrocarpa, high performance insulation and use of natural materials to build.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Coldplay -Paradise


  1. Hi Blogoratti - great kids ... one sadly lost to us - but offering hope to 8 others, the other striving and moving forward to help others and then your bush-clad home ... lovely - have a good weekend .. cheers Hilary

  2. Jemima was a lovely girl to look at and now her inner loveliness lives on. Organ donation is an almost impossible decision to make. Braden is also lovely inside and out. It should renew faith in those who feel there is no hope for younger generations.

  3. Lovely post! Have a great weekend!

  4. How sad to lose one so young, may the good that she was live on in others.
    Such a bright and thoughtful young man!
    I want one of those window walls! I'd put it going to the new deck! I'm already thinking 'door' ...

  5. I imagine that stack of wood is pretty much gone by now.

  6. I'm always inspired by organ donation.

    I can appreciate the architecture of that home, but a little TOO open for my liking.

  7. Nice inspiration today :) And what a beautiful house! :)

  8. Out of tragedy, hope for others. If I lived in that huse, I would't do anything except sit in that swing.

  9. Thank you for getting my weekend off to a happy start! Blessings!

  10. Oh man! I think that family dog was quite in trouble after destroying two hearing aids. Eeek.

  11. I do like those words by Cesare Pavese, thanks for including them here.
    Once again you give such good examples of inspiration ...

    Enjoy your weekend

    All the best Jan

  12. I like that quote and it is one of my favorites.

  13. You certainly pulled some wonders from your hat. Thank you.
    I shared. here and FB.

  14. Heart tugging - heartwarming.
    Beautiful post!

  15. Very inspiring stories.

    Have a great weekend.

  16. Wonderful stories today. I was saddened that a girl had to lose her life, but she certainly gave back in a big, big way.

    I always love the houses you chose. This is one I would gladly live in.

    Hope your weekend is fabulous.

  17. Love the house, Mr B ... when can I move in? ... smiles ... Love, cat.

  18. Wonderful quote.
    There were a lot of scandals here with organs. I´m still a donator, though.
    Beautiful house, too! Have a great weekend.

  19. Such wonderful parents in both cases. Children are inspiring in many ways if we but look and listen!

  20. Every one in a while I try to simplify my life. It never seem to last long

  21. Love the architecture B, but love the inspirational young people more.. happy weekend ✨

  22. Very inspiring stories. However she was too young to go to the other world. How sad.

  23. It is wonderful when people donate their organs! Gifts of love, they are. Love that house, too. We just moved from a large house to a small house and while I'm having a hard time adjusting, I think the move was for the best and we have a much smaller footprint on our world.

  24. Beautiful home, with room to breathe!
    Very nice photos and thoughts.
    Happy Weekend to you, Blogoratti.
    Peace :)

  25. I am a wearer of hearing aids, and I can confirm that they are very expensive. Even with some government subsidy, they cost me ~$1000 per year when averaged out.

  26. Very inspiring stories !!

  27. This is a great post, you have shared some good insights with us. This is really thought provoking.

  28. So sad for the young girl passing , but how wonderful that she lives on through others!
    A pat on the back to Braden! Way to go! Such a lovely space!


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