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Jande BS: Feng Shui: how do you prnounce it? (52* d) RE: BS: Feng Shui: how do you prnounce it? 06 Jun 01


I have two thing tosay about FS, both contradictory. Personally the curved line relaxes me, and sharp angles make me tense. A mix of both types in good balance makes me feel somewhat uplifted, less tired, slightly less relaxed. I prefer paths that wander. the distance is shorter because there is so much of interest to catch the eye and the ear on the way... A straight path always seems to take longer because it tends to be boring.

Having said that I remember reading *somewhere* that a university paid a designer quite a bit of money for a set of beautiful pathways that sprawed and twisted their way between all the university buildings. Unfortunately the students were not using them.

The administration hired a new company to find out why and fix the problem. This they did and the students began to use the new pathways. Administration applauded. What did the new company do that the old one ddn't? They observed the students as they streaed form one class to another, from one building to another and that's where they made the new pathways.

It may be one of the oldest design principles, but "form follows function" is still the most practical. (And so far I don't think even Feng Shui can argue with that)

BTW, you remember the horrible stairway that turns a right angle corner and heads directly for the front entrance door stopping about four feet from it in the entrance hall at our place? We hung a beautiful windchime there, and now have a living plant on one of the steps to ease the forward motion of those dominating steps.

Well, we're talking now about removing the bottom eight steps, turning them around to face the side wall, and creating a larger landing at the "U-turn". That way the side of the stairwell will face the entrance door, the hall will gain an extra three feet in width, and we will no longer feel we are about to be sucked into the vortex that is the unfinished upstairs the minute we step through the front door. Who knows when, if ever it will get done (like all the other big jobs around here (finishing the upstairs, opening the pool, scraping the gravel back onto the driveway, etc.) but it makes me sigh with relief that I will not have to live with that monstrosity for the rest of my days.

btw, I used to pronounce it Feng (as in length) Shway, until LH and Hes taught me proper. ;`)

~ Jande

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