Lowes hires man and his service dog when no one else would

(CNN)There is no denying the power of honorable deeds and photos of cute dogs in restoring our faith in humanity.

Owen Lima and his service dog, Blue, are the newest recruits at a Lowe’s home improvement store in Canada.
Lima suffers from a brain injury that requires him to have a service dog. Because of the injury, Lima can have a hard time understanding people when they speak too quickly. His canine sidekick helps calm him down and prevent anxiety attacks.
    But it came with a problem: He had difficulty finding a job.

    “It’s so hard to find a job where people can accept me for the way I am and the fact that I have a service dog with me,” Lima told the Lowe’s staff.
    This didn’t seem to be an issue for store manager Paolo Gallo.
    Gallo found a position that would fit the duo perfectly: greeting customers at the store-front as the new customer service associate.
    The company posted a photo of Blue in his custom-made Lowe’s employee vest.
    “We’re overwhelmed,” Gallo commented on the social media attention the photo received. “We never intended for this to happen. We listened to an individual and we took him on board like we would anyone else.”
    The new North Regina Store in Saskatchewan has its grand opening Thursday.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/09/health/lowes-hires-man-service-dog-trnd/index.html

    ’90s TV characters queer people always wished were queer

    Pictured left: gay. Pictured right: also gay.
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    For LGBTQ teens growing up in the ’90s, there were just a handful of out queer role models.

    Sure, there was Dan Savage, whose advice gave hope and vision to closeted folks across the country, and Deborah Betts, the first openly gay federal judge to be appointed. But none of these people really mattered to queer youth because they all lacked one crucial ingredient. They were not on cable TV.

    LGBTQ characters were few and far between on 1990s television, but that didn’t mean queer kids everywhere weren’t dreaming. Sure, Darlene from Roseannewas “technically” dating some loser named David but look at his hair, her personality. Beneath her explicitly heterosexual exterior was a cynical tomboy femme, just waiting to come out and date me.

    Here’s a look at ’90s TV characters queer teens always wished were gay, and maybe would have been, 20 years later.

    1. Alex Mack,The Secret World of Alex Mack

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    Mack’s trademark backwards baseball cap and interest in STEM fields screamed masculine-of-center boi, but the show first aired in 1994, in the pre-lesbian era before Ellen. Of course, not everyone who sports a denim hat and overalls identifies as gay but c’mon. One can dream and carefully stereotype.

    2. AC Slater,Saved by the Bell

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    Teens everywhere remember AC Slater for “Hey Mama,” but he was just one, slippery consonant away from “Hey Papa.” Remember his tight pastel pink tank-tops? All along, Slater was just using Jesse to get to his sex symbol of choice: Zack Morris.

    3. Darlene,Roseanne

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    Darlene and David: No one believed it. Between her artistic prowess, unapologetic cynicism and casual misandry, Darlene would have made a phenomenal girlfriend to sarcastic queer ladies everywhere.

    4. Eddie Winslow,Family Matters

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    Biceps. Suede jackets. Overalls. Eddie Winslow might have been the “fun straight brother” in his “cool nuclear family,” but let’s not lie: Eddie would have made a stunning gay man.

    5. Xena,Xena The Warrior Princess

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    In the upcoming Xena reboot, Xena will have a relationship with her leather-studded babe and bae, Gabrielle. Sigh two hot lesbian warrior princesses in love. They’ll make a beautiful match, and a very popular porn channel.

    6. Denise,The Cosby Show

    Sure, The Cosby Showhas been shattered forever, but there’s one thing we can still salvage amongst all the waste: sad teenage sexual fantasies. Just close your eyes and imagine Denise’s Tinder profile. Denise might be dating dog David for show, but queer ladies everywhere knew she was coming to date us.

    7. Dana Scully,The X-Files

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    With her broad shoulders and no-nonsense shoulder pads, Scully screamed “early ’90s power lesbian.”

    8. Rayanne,My So-Called Life

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    She’s artistic, she’s wounded and she looks great with 35 braids. Sure, most of Rayanne’s relationships were with men, but just think of how unavailable they were. “Tino” was just her gateway to “Tina.”

    9. Christina Applegate,Married with Children

    We fell in love with Christina as soon as the words “Right on top of that Rose” slipped out of her mouth. Of course, she wasn’t the parent-ified powerhouse she was in Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead, but she was still cute and potentially gay, so we totally forgave her.

    10. Buffy,Buffy

    She hangs out in a public library and drives knives into the hearts of men. Case closed.

    11. Jonathan Taylor Thomas,Home Improvement

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    JTT appealed to teens from all across the queer spectrum, masculine and feminine alike. He looked like the kind of boy who wanted to take you on a cute date to get a chocolate milk at the corner store. Yes, please.

    12. Robbie,The Dinosaurs

    Robbie’s Varsity Jacket screamed “I’m a hot jock who’s just too afraid to come out.” Prohibitions against homosexuality were particularly severe in ancient dinosaur culture, although vegetarian brachiosauruses were known to experiment from time to time. Who doesn’t want a piece of that tail?

    13. Elaine,Seinfeld

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    Maybe the reason she’s chronically single is that she secretly wants to be in a strictly monogamous lesbian relationship with someone 20 years her junior (points at self). Duh.

    14. Maxine,Living Single

    She was a hard-nosed attorney who just happened to befriend Queen of Queers, Queen Latifah. Maxine had a distant relationship with her mother, probably because her closeted mother quietly sensed her rebellious hot queer side.

    15. Hector Carrero,Ghostwriter

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    Gaydar is stereotypical and reductive and also a little bit accurate. Hector Carrero was a queer dreamboat who turned into a queer reality on MTV Real World Philadelphia. Dreams do come true.

    16. Shawn Hunter,Boy Meets World

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    Approximately 100% of my lesbian friend circle looks like Rider Strong from Boy Meets World. None of us were born gay we learned it from TGIF.

    17. Skeeter,Doug

    A Blue-skinned DJ, Skeeter redefined hot in the cartoon world. Unlike his conservative BFF, Skeeter lived outside the law, riding skateboards, rocking joggers, being totally gay.

    18. Daria,Daria

    Daria was post-Darlene Roseanne. Aggressively cynical, indifferent to the lives of men, Daria would have made a great lesbian and proud misandrist.

    19. Jane, Daria

    In the history of fan fiction, is there anything hotter than a Jane-Daria relationship? Two dysphoric fictional teens in black. Gay gay gay gay gay (please).

    20. Jason Bateman,The Hogan Family

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    The Hogan Familywas one of the most forgettable shows in the most unforgettable era of television. You know what would have made it better? Jason Bateman, as a raging homosexual.

    21. Josh Server,All That

    Look past his huge ears. Behind his ragingly dumb persona, was an adorable gay man, just waiting to come out.

    22. Kristy,The Babysitter’s Club

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    For those of us lucky enough to rememberThe Babysitter’s Club did enjoy a brief, beautiful moment as a television show. And while stereotyping is evil and awful, Kristy totally fit every one: a toppy masculine-of-center androgynous softball tomboy deeply in love with Mary Anne (You can do better, Kristy!)

    23. Pacey,Dawson’s Creek

    The reason Pacey performed so poorly in school wasn’t family trauma or intellectual disabilities. He was struggling with his secret homosexual side duh!

    24. Telly Radford,Salute Your Shorts

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    Telly was a minor character in Salute Your Shorts, forgotten by anyone who wasn’t teen and gay and madly in love with a fictional character.

    25. Margaret Cho,All American Girl

    She was hilarious and hot, theretofore: gay.

    26. Murphy Brown,Murphy Brown

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    Tough, bright and broad-shouldered, Murphy hid her secret queer self underneath her straight single mom persona.

    27. Jason Priestly,90210

    That man never had a wrinkle on his face, and never will. He’s a timeless spray-tanned hairless twinky god, and a proud member of the fantasy LGBT community.

    28. Fez, That 70’s Show

    While That 70’s Show came of age in the ’00s, its first totally gay episode aired in 1998. Just look at that hair part. That open-necked shirt. It screams: “I’m gay and waiting to date you, anonymous audience member.”

    29. Zack Morris,Saved By the Bell

    Sorry Zack, but we knew your pursuit of Kelly was just a front for your real passion: AC Slater. And maybe even Screech, after hours at The Max. You have the chiseled infrastructure of a golden gay god. You are queer. You are hot. You are ours.

    Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/06/10/90s-queer-tv-characters/

    Not for the claustrophobic: Sydney to get its first Japanese-style capsule hotel

    A low-priced capsule hotel in Tokyo, Japan.
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    If you find yourself out late and a little worse for wear in downtown Sydney, you may soon have a unique place to rest your head.

    Sydney is set to get its first capsule hotel,Broadsheet reported.A Japanese invention that has been a longtime subject of curiosity to foreigners, the capsule hotel typically features row upon row of rectangular fibreglass “rooms.” Now Sydneysiders will also be able to discover what it’s like to sleep in a box.

    Set to open in a site on George Street in mid-November, the space is the work of interior design firm,Giant Design. A capsule will reportedly cost around A$35 and A$50, depending on size.

    Rather than having the Bladerunneraesthetic of many of Tokyo’s capsule hotels, Giant Design employee Chris Wilks told the outlet the hotel, which is opening in a now-closed inner city bar, will retain the former venue’s “vintage look and feel.”

    “We’re providing the privacy which one doesn’t get in a backpackers on a bunk bed,” he added. “It’s a great alternative for those without public transport.”

    Claustrophobia aside, this seems a solid solution if you’ve missed the last train home.

    Giant Design has been contacted for comment.

    Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

    Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/06/18/sydney-first-capsule-hotel/

    Sports-loving nuns respect the game ‘but its not our God’

    Video of selfie-taking, beer-drinking impostor nuns went viral but real sisters explain what its like to be fans in an industry that treats athletes as saints

    Praise be to the internet gods, theres not much better than a selfie-taking Miller Lite-drinking nun sitting in the stands of a baseball game, like this one enjoying the Phillies versus Diamondbacks game in Philadelphia on Monday afternoon.

    jeff in real life (@thecultureofme) June 21, 2016

    THE MOST IMPORTANT VINE OF THE DAY https://t.co/Auu0jXwJlP

    Video of the cute nuns quickly went viral, however once the nuns got up and started dancing and singing with the Phillies mascot, it became clear they were actors from the Walnut Street Theaters current production of Sister Act.

    Regardless, a tech-savvy and sports-loving young nun isnt quite as wild as youd think.

    Sister Miriam James, 39, a nun at the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, tweets regularly under the handle @onegroovynun about her love for sport injected with a dash of religious teaching.

    Before she joined the convent at age 22, James played college volleyball at the University of Nevada in Reno. Thanks to her childhood in Seattle, shes a big Seahawks fan. I just love sports in general, James said. And its a bond she shares with several of the 17 nuns that live in her diocese. One of the sisters played basketball in college, one was a golfer, James explained. They gather around the television for big sporting events, with college football, the Super Bowl, baseball and basketball the most popular and tweet all the major games live.

    Sr. Miriam James (@onegroovynun) June 20, 2016

    Reviewing Sr Mary’s list from earlier today….#Game7 #NBAFinals @StephenCurry30 pic.twitter.com/a63LYYFBC8

    Fellow nun Sister Mary a mad Cincinnati Bengals fan and the most sports-obsessed nun in the convent is the enigmatic regular presence on Jamess Twitter. Only the side of her face appears, with James describing Sister Mary as similar to the neighbor Wilson from 1990s family sitcom Home Improvement, whose full face was never shown.

    She is our Wilson. Shes totally anonymous. She has all kinds of adventures, James said.

    The recent NBA playoffs were a particularly difficult time in the Corpus Christi, Texas, convent where they live, with Sister Mary a huge supporter of Golden State Warriors and their star Steph Curry.

    Sr. Miriam James (@onegroovynun) June 20, 2016

    Sr Mary can’t handle the stress right now. *resumes eating mass quantities of popcorn* #Game7 #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/4zJ1agn4zV

    Sr. Miriam James (@onegroovynun) June 20, 2016

    Nooooo!!!! #Game7 #NBAFinals nnnnnooooooooo!!! Wailing and gnashing of teeth… Poor Sr Mary pic.twitter.com/Bfrx5LpB3U

    Sr. Miriam James (@onegroovynun) June 20, 2016

    Sr Mary’s current status “Give us joy to balance our affliction Lord, for in #game7 we knew misfortune.”
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    Heartbreaking, wasnt it?, said James, noting that Sister Mary had cried over the Warriors Game 7 loss. I do like LeBron as well, I think hes got a cool story. God bless the man, she added.

    Theres parallel between the quest for a religious life and that of an athlete, says James. What you see in sports is something Pope John Paul II said, which is when its lived properly, its a great avenue for virtue. When you play sports, you learn how to lead, you learn how to follow, you lean how to dedicate yourself, how to discipline yourself, she said.

    However, she agrees that sometimes people can confuse sports and religion. I lived in Rome, Italy, Ive never seen the worship of sport until [I saw] Italians and their love of football. We love the transcendence of victory, but those are human qualities. We ache for victory, we ache for union but sports, even at it peak, is at best a poor taste of God: he is transcendental.

    We can easily worship sports, but its not our God, she added.

    Football is not exactly known for its godliness, whats it like to support an industry that often treats athletes as religious icons?

    Thats a quandary, isnt it? James said. Weve made sports heroes our saints. We absolutely worship them, by our money, by our time. We put these people on pedestals and rightly admire their excellence in a sport. But theyre not superheroes, theyre people and often very broken.

    With the finals now over for the season, the convent is planning. James says shes a Wimbledon fan with a particular soft spot for Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams but Sister Mary is not. Were looking forward to the Olympics, James said. Its a really neat thing, Planet Earth stops and watches people with no body fat win stuff! Shes particularly interested in the volleyball and the swimming. Michael Phelps coming back and trying to win, the story of recovery and redemption, she adds.

    James joined Twitter the day Pope Francis was selected on 13 March 2013, and loves using it to talk about sports and the religious life with the public, showing what life is like for a modern-day nun. People are like nuns are people too! laughed James.

    Which is exactly what happened this week, with the nuns enjoying the baseball this week. James called the pairs antics funny. But she wasnt so quick to be fooled.

    Their habits didnt look real. I wasnt buying it, she said.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jun/23/sports-loving-nuns-viral-image-religion

    Chip And Joanna Gaines Go To An Anti-Gay Church. Does It Matter?

    It’s been a rollercoaster of a week for Chip and Joanna Gaines, the reality TV couple who are the stars of HGTV’s popular home renovation series “Fixer Upper.” 

    The Gaineses made a name for themselves by helping clients buy and remodel homes. They’ve been praised for their on-screen charm and their talent in design. They haven’t used their show as a platform for spreading hateful messages about queer people.

    So does it matter that the couple supposedly attended a church that touts so-called “traditional” Christian views on sexuality, believes homosexuality is a sin, and where the pastor actually promotes conversion therapy

    Yes, it matters. But the reason why goes much deeper than what the Gainses may or may not believe.

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    In this March 29, 2016 photo, Joanna Gaines, left, and Chip Gaines pose for a portrait in New York to promote their home improvement show, “Fixer Upper,” on HGTV.

    On the same day that their fourth season premiere earned top ratings, the Gaineses found themselves under fire for attending an evangelical church that preaches against homosexuality. 

    The controversy began after a Buzzfeed reporter tried and failed to get a definitive answer from the couple about their personal stance on same-sex relationships. Instead, the publication made claims based on old sermons and statements from the couple’s church, Antioch Community Church and its pastor, Jimmy Seibert. Like many conservative evangelical churches, Texas-based Antioch promotes the view that same-sex marriage is un-Biblical and that people can choose to walk away from the “homosexual lifestyle,” according to a sermon from 2015. 

    Anti-gay views have gotten at least one HGTV show canceled in recent years. In the wake of Buzzfeed’s claims, HGTV told The Huffington Post on Thursday: “We don’t discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows.” 

    The article provoked criticism from conservatives who accused Buzzfeed of promoting a “witch hunt” against Christians. Given the outlet’s failure to get a clear answer from the Gainses before publishing the piece, conservative Christians weren’t alone in their disapproval. Some called the post “dangerous” for reinforcing the chasm between liberal media and President-elect Donald Trump’s conservative supporters.

    The problem with this particular article, and the reactions it provoked across the political and religious affiliations, is that both distract from issues that are very real and present for America’s queer community.

    When the media focus too narrowly on an individual’s (or their pastor’s) religious belief, it gives fuel to the conservative Christian claim that American Christians are being targeted and even persecuted for their religion. Two days after Buzzfeed’s article was published, the Gaineses’ pastor Jimmy Seibert called on Christians to “stand together in the face of adversity.” 

    “When I have a biblical conviction about my lifestyle choices or how I should run my business or how I should run my home, we should be free to do that – to lovingly express our views to the world around us,” Seibert said in an interview with conservative pundit Todd Starnes.

    But beliefs aren’t the problem. We don’t need to agree on theology. It’s how these beliefs are acted upon and in the long run, how they make other people vulnerable to discrimination, that matters. 

    It’s not that the Gaineses and their church shouldn’t be free to believe what they want about God and God’s will for marriage and relationships. Freedom of belief is an essential part of our democracy; there’s a diversity of belief within the Christian church itself. The way Christians have interpreted what the Bible has to say about sex has changed over the past 2,000 years, and it will continue to change. 

    While there are churches that preach against same-sex marriage, there are many denominations ready to welcome LGBTQ couples and their families into their congregations. What makes conservative Christians’ morality more just, true, or valuable than the morality of a happily married queer person? Power.

    It’s one thing to personally believe that homosexuality is a sin. It’s completely different when that theology is used to justify laws and policies that take away other people’s civil rights.

    People of faith should be able to interpret scripture in whatever way makes sense to them and to bring these views into the public forum. But American Christians also have to realize, as the religious majority in this country, that their beliefs, their churches, and their votes are not just personal. They have the power to influence policy and the lives of people who don’t subscribe to their beliefs.

    Its one thing to personally believe that homosexuality is a sin. Its completely different when that theology is used to justify laws and policies that take away other peoples civil rights.

    I was raised in a very conservative Christian church. I still have plenty of Christian friends and family who oppose same-sex marriage, who don’t think LGBTQ people deserve one of the very first gifts that God gave to humans in the Bible a helper, a suitable partner, to grow old with and raise a family with.

    When I get into a conversation with them about this, they take offense at the idea that it is bigoted to believe in what they call “traditional” marriage. Their responses can be summed up like this “We love the sinner, but hate the sin.” Meaning, they say they love and welcome LGBTQ people, but they believe being in a same-sex relationships is a sin. And if that’s a tough and unpopular teaching, well, the Bible never said being a Christian would be easy.

    The problem is that many conservative Christians don’t see how their beliefs, even on an individual level, can have a negative impact on queer people’s lives. They don’t make that connection  or they just don’t care, because it doesn’t affect them personally.

    But it’s way past time to start looking at the fruit of this kind of theology. 

    On a personal level, not everyone is called to celibacy. For those people, this theology leads to a life devoid of the joy and hope that straight people take for granted. 

    On a national level, we’ve just elected a president who has surrounded himself with advisors, cabinet members, and a vice-president who are virulently anti-gay, and ready to use their Christian faith to roll back years of progress our country has made.

    Conservative religious beliefs are used to undermine queer people’s right to marry. But marriage isn’t the only right at stake. We’re talking about the Bible being used to support discrimination in the workplace and to deny LGBT workers just compensation and benefits. It’s theology being used to remove federal recommendations that ensure that transgender students are treated with dignity

    This is about Christians quoting the Golden Rule but not caring that gay and lesbian parents are worried that their parental rights to children could be in jeopardy. It’s about people lifting up the Good Samaritan but trying to protect parents who want to submit their gay and transgender children to psychological abuse in the form of conversion therapy

    There is nothing loving about a theology that allows people to suffer in this way. 

    There is nothing loving about a theology that allows people to suffer in this way.

    So does it matter that the Gainses attend an evangelical church that preaches against the way that queer people find love? Yes, it does. And it matters for every other conservative evangelical in America. Especially now. 

    Evangelicals helped put Trump in the White House. And over the next four years, they face a reckoning. They need to ask themselves what are you saying with your church attendance? What will you tell the young gay or lesbian teenager in your church who just heard the pastor condemn queer love? Do you recognize the toxic fruit that conservative Christian theology has produced in the lives of queer people? Do you see how scared they are right now? Are you speaking up for the oppressed? Will you stay silent?

    Do you care? 

    Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chip-joanna-gaines-church_us_584078eee4b017f37fe3781c

    Pacific ocean cool: when American Arts and Crafts met Japanese modernism

    The photographer Yasuhiro Ishimotos images of the pioneering architecture of Greene and Greene have a minimal aesthetic that still looks contemporary

    A few months before his death in 2012, photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto requested that his 1974 series on architects Greene and Greene be exhibited in California. The Museum of Art, Kochi, the seriess current home in Japan, is not a lending institution and none of the collection has ever been outside the country until now. At San Marinos Huntington Library is Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Bilingual Photography and the Architecture of Greene and Greene, a unique exploration of modernism, American Arts and Craft movement and traditional Japanese architecture presented in a lean series of 46 eloquently minimal black and white photos.

    Born in San Francisco in 1921, Ishimoto moved with his parents to Japan during his formative years but returned to the US to pursue higher education. Instead, he wound up in Colorados Amache Internment Camp during world war two where he took the time to reflect on his future. Upon release he enrolled in the Chicago Institute of Design to study under legendary Bauhaus artist, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. In a city as rich in architecture as Chicago the multi-award winning Ishimoto couldnt help but shoot buildings, including a 1951 series of Mies van der Rohes Lake Shore Drive apartments. His professor, Harry Callahan introduced his work to MoMA photography curator Edward Steichen who included Ishimotos images in the landmark Family of Man exhibit of 1955.

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    Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Robert R Blacker house, front entry detail Photograph: Kochi Prefecture

    Twenty-five years later, Tsune Sesoko, editor of the influential design magazine Approach, commissioned the images that make up the current show. Ishimoto took more than a 1,000 photos of landmark domiciles designed by arts and crafts architects Greene and Greene. They included the Thorsen House in Berkeley, the Blacker House in Pasadena as well as its famous neighbor the Gamble House, where he shot over 600 images. Of the 1000, only 82 were printed and only 23 were published.

    The shows curator, Anne Mallek (former curator of the Gamble House), chose from published photos and unpublished prints, prefacing each section with Ishimotos images of Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto taken 20 years before the Greene and Greene commission. Compositions tend to focus on geometry and design details wooden hinges, fixtures, masonry but few wide shots incorporating complete structures. Despite the gap in time and place, the resemblance between the 17th century royal retreat and the Greene and Greene houses of the early 1900s are close enough that one could be mistaken for the other.

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    Stepping-stones from the Imperial Carriage Stop to the Gepparo, Katsura Imperial Villa, 1954. Photograph: Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center/ Kochi Prefecture

    Photographing Katsura was a very personal exercise for him in terms of being drawn to the beauty of the building and how the details and structure of it lend itself to a modernist interpretation, explains Mallek, co-author of A New and Native Beauty: The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene. Its a basis for seeing how he established the eye, established his reputation for being a modernist and how he took that and looked at the Greenes work.

    Ishimoto was not alone in his modern approach to the past. Katsura Villa greatly influenced architect/photographer Kenzo Tange and others seeking a new direction for architecture in post-war Japan. Together they published their landmark work Katsura: Tradition and Creation in Japanese Architecture, a seminal look at the relationship between photography and architecture.

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    David B Gamble house, northeast sleeping porch detail. Photograph: Kochi Prefecture

    Of course one of the Greenes most famous structures, the Gamble House is a short drive from the Huntington and is open to the public. But the Libby House, also in Pasadena, was razed in 1968. Luckily the staircase remains, salvaged and preserved as part of the Huntingtons permanent gallery dedicated to Greene and Greene. Here, an evolution of their style can be traced through interior design elements ranging from furniture and fixtures, eschewing ornate Victorian styles of the day, through their expanding use of stained glass as well as their collaboration with the Hall brothers, master woodworkers employing mahogany, black walnut and teak to create an complete floor-to-ceiling environment.

    Quintessentially American in its mash-up of identity and culture, the relationship between Ishimoto and the Greene brothers goes beyond simple polarities of east and west. Western artists had long held an exotic fascination for the east, often flirting with but seldom incorporating aesthetic styles to pave a new path forward.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/jun/24/yasuhiro-ishimoto-photography-greene-japan-architecture

    Dangerous chemicals hiding in everyday products

    (CNN)It was long believed that you could acquire “better living through chemistry.” But that may really not be the case. In a landmark alliance, known as Project TENDR, leaders of various disciplines have come together in a consensus statement to say that many of the chemicals found in everyday products can result in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and attention-deficit disorders.

    “Ten years ago, this consensus wouldn’t have been possible, but the research is abundantly clear,” said Irva Hertz-Picciotto, an environmental epidemiologist at the University of California, Davis and co-chairwoman of Project TENDR.
      Find out if you have lead in your water by reaching out to your local water supplier or even getting an at-home test kit from a home improvement store. If your home was built before 1978, test your paint. If the paint is chipping or peeling, it will need to be stripped or covered. Homeowners may want to consider using a professional who is lead-safe certified to help you. Parents can also talk to your doctor about having your children tested for lead if there is reason for concern.
      Mercury
      Mercury is a naturally occurring element, but it can also be released into the environment from the burning of coal and oil. Mercury can also be found in some household items such as thermometers, light bulbs and older-model clothes dryers and washing machines. Mercury in the environment can make its way into fish and shellfish. Some fish, such as some kinds of tuna, may have higher concentrations of mercury.
      According to the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to mercury in utero may impact memory, attention and cognitive skills.
      While you can’t completely eliminate mercury from your environment, you can reduce your exposure to mercury by avoiding fish high in mercury. Try to use mercury-free thermometers. When getting rid of household items with mercury, reach out to your state or local household hazardous waste collection center for advice.
      Polychlorinated biphenyls

      See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter.

      Between 1929 and 1977, thousands of tons of polychlorinated biphenyls were used worldwide. Production of the chemical in the U.S. was banned by the EPA in 1977, but they can linger (PDF) in the environment for a long time and make their way into the food chain. These chemicals have been used as coolants and lubricants in electrical equipment because they are good insulators.
      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, polychlorinated biphenyls are associated with cancer in occupational settings and has been associated with issues with motor skills and short term memory in children.
      Much like mercury, they have made their way into our food sources, particularly fish and some meat. To avoid polychlorinated biphenyls in your food, the Environmental Defense Fund suggests, before cooking, removing the parts where toxic chemicals are likely to accumulate, such as the skin, fat and internal organs. When cooking, make sure to drain away fat and avoid drippings.

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/01/health/everyday-chemicals-we-need-to-reduce-exposure-to/index.html

      Accidentally cruel kid writes her uncle a hilarious letter

      Image: TheToolMan

      Sometimes kids just don’t know how accidentally cruel they can be.

      In today’s episode of Kids being funny or adults lying for fake internet points, a niece breaks the hard truth to her balding uncle.

      Redditor TheToolMan, which is obviously Tim Taylor from Home Improvement, shared a photo of a letter that his niece recently sent him. In the post headline, he explains that he and his niece typically send each other funny cards.

      Her latest one really cut me deep,” he wrote.

      Image: TheToolMan

      The poem reads:

      Roses are red,

      violets are blue,

      you are still bald,

      and you can not change that at all!!!!!

      Next to the poem is a photo of the girl’s uncle labeled as “bald man.” Above that, she basically taunts him like any kid would with a series of na nas.

      Harsh, kid. Harsh. At least she ended the letter with a few smiley faces to let him know that she was just kidding.

      Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

      Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/07/15/bald-letter-/

      Store Manager Reportedly Fired For Blasting Shopper As ‘Faggot’

      A manager at a home improvement supply store in Colorado has reportedly been sacked after firing off a homophobic insult at a gay customer.

      James Shawlin visited Floor and Decor in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on Friday, in search of materials he and his husband had planned to use to complete a fireplace in their home, local NBC affiliate 9 News reports. Shawlin, who was with his 4-year-old son, Oliver, at the time, said an angry manager confronted him after an employee had given him permission to search through some boxes to ensure that the stone slabs he’d planned to purchase didn’t have any defects.  

      “You could tell he was not in a good mood,” the 44-year-old told the news station. “I was a little firm with him, and I just told him, ‘Hey, you know, my husband and I spend a lot of money here. We’ve been using you guys for 10 years.’”

      Shawlin said that wasn’t enough for the manager, who responded, “Oh, that explains it now. The faggot that voted for Hillary [Clinton].” Another customer joined in the transgression after overhearing the exchange, proclaiming, “What are these faggots going to do to this child?” as Shawlin fled the store.  

      Shawlin, who left the store in tears after the alleged incident, posted his take on the events on Floor and Decor’s official Facebook page.  

      On Sunday post, a company representative wrote on Floor and Decor’s Facebook page that the manager, who was not named, had been fired from the Highlands Ranch store in the wake of the incident. 

      Alexander Gervin, who is Floor and Decor’s Corporate Escalations Manager, confirmed that that employee had been terminated in an email sent to The Huffington Post on Monday. 

      “The individual at issue is no longer employed by Floor and Decor,” Gervin wrote. “We are an inclusive and diverse company and are committed to treating all customers with courtesy and respect at all times.”

      In a second email, another spokesperson told HuffPost:

      On Nov. 25, 2016, we became aware of an unfortunate incident in one of our stores involving two customers and one of our associates. We conducted an internal investigation to determine the facts and took prompt action.

       We spoke with the customer the next day and apologized for his experience in our store. We further apologize to his family and the community for what took place. Our ethics code and our employee training make clear we do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment based on, but not limited to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability or genetic information. The associate at issue no longer works for us, and we look forward to improving our sensitivity training for all of our employees and providing the highest level of customer service to all members of the communities that we serve.

      Shawlin insisted to 9 News he didn’t want the case to become a political gesture, noting, “I just want to make people aware of what’s going in our community. Hopefully when [my son] is older, he can see that Dad stood up.”

      H/T Towleroad 

      UPDATE: After this story was published, Shawlin released the below statement to The Huffington Post and on his Facebook page. 

      As some of you have heard, I experienced an unfortunate event on Nov. 25. Since then, I have been in contact with management of Floor and Decor and their response has been fantastic. They are obviously a company that values diversity and inclusion and puts those values into practice. I have come to understand that this unfortunate, and unusual, incident with one of F&D’s employees is not at all reflective of the company as a whole. Nor are the additional offensive comments made by a fellow customer reflective of the company’s values.  I want to thank you all for your support and thank Floor and Decor for their prompt and appropriate response to this situation.

      Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/floor-and-decor-homophobia_us_583c76dee4b01ba68ac578b1