Philly scene of winter.  The Fischer Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania, designed by Frank Furness.

Philly scene of winter.  The Fischer Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania, designed by Frank Furness.

‘Tis the season for taking time and taking stock. So many things I’ve learned – and relearned – over the past year.

I’m continually reminded that the needs of clients change and evolve over time, as do clients themselves.  It’s good to take things off automatic every once in a while and make manual adjustments.

People who know me, know I love to talk.  But the practice of listening is perhaps my most valuable life skill, one I’m perpetually perfecting.

Keep an open mind and open heart. Differences of opinion are just that.  Best to seek ways to solve them in mutually beneficial ways.

I’m wishing everyone a winter holiday of peace and calm, things I feel every time I look at the Fischer Fine Arts Library. It’s one of my favorite buildings in Philadelphia. Designed at the height of the Victorian era, it’s an elaborate structure of riveting red (I think it’s vermillion) and filled with intricate details just waiting to be discovered. 

Not too long ago, when Victorian buildings were considered old and outdated, there was a proposal to knock it down. I’m glad they didn’t.

What’s that they say about sticking your tongue to a flagpole?  How about a gargoyle?

What’s that they say about sticking your tongue to a flagpole?  How about a gargoyle?

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