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Fundamental Herb Garden Design Tips

Do you do woodworking, automobile repair work, electronic devices, or other kind of task throughout the weekend in your garage or basement? Well, if you do, opportunities are that you have currently skilled sensation claustrophobic with that monstrous work bench of yours. A bench really consumes space in a garage or basement. There are times when you will require to take a cart of tools or work materials inside your workspace and find it difficult to steer inside with that enforcing huge work bench around. And often, it gets so irritating that you want to power on your electric saw and dismember that work bench just to make some additional area.

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The Essentials Of Excellent Garden Design

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. I discovered this gorgeous butterfly pattern while I was searching for bugs to contribute to an enjoyable pillow for my son’s room. The basic colors make this one a fast one to sew up. Needless to say, that pillow has a great deal of butterflies on it.

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Lastly, restrict what you bring into the bathroom. To conserve area in a cramped restroom, for example, it might be best to have a dressing area in a bed room. Limitation the variety of accessories– mess can easily make a little restroom look smaller.

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Death in Sydney of renowned garden designer keenly felt in his adopted Bali

Bali: The world-renowned tropical garden designer Made Wijaya – one of Bali’s most flamboyant, controversial, and larger-than-life characters – has died suddenly in Sydney, leaving the island he adopted in mourning.

Only his closest friends had known he was sick.

Made Wijaya in his natural setting. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

Wijaya, who was adored and loathed in equal measure, is best known for designing David Bowie’s garden at his Balinese-inspired home on the private Caribbean island of Mustique, but he was so much more than that.

“Made Wijaya set the bar for how deeply a foreigner could understand and love Bali – so much so that the Balinese sometimes looked to him to better understand themselves,” says filmmaker and long-term Bali resident Daniel Ziv.

‘Made had many gifts’: Made Wijaya, seen here in 2010, cultivated a controversial identity and a consuming interest in all things Balinese. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

“(He) was an inseparable part of the island’s cultural ecosystem (and) will be deeply missed.”

Balinese artist Nyoman Gunarsa, who first sponsored Wijaya to live in Bali, said he was a true friend and artist. “I really loved him,” he said. “May his spirit be accepted to be by God’s side.”

Wijaya started life as an architecture student and teenage tennis champion from Sydney named Michael White, who by his own account arrived in Bali in 1973 “having jumped ship and swum ashore in a rainstorm”.

The visit was intended as a short break from his studies, but his fascination with Bali’s culture led him to move in with a Brahman family in South Bali.

Architecture of Bali: A sourcebook of traditional and modern forms, by Made Wijaya. Photo: Marina Oliphant

He worked as a tennis coach, filmmaker and photojournalist before the wife of a famous architect suggested he try garden design, with his first big commission the Bali Hyatt’s garden in Sanur.

Phaidon, the global publisher of the creative arts, wrote that Wijaya’s style of tropical gardening had been characterised as “the tropical Cotswolds look”.

Tropical Garden Design, one of many books published by Made Wijaya. 

In an interview with the publisher, he lamented the rustic movement was “very unfashionable”.

“It’s all gone soulless, treeless, birdless and loveless,” he said. “You have the opportunity in the tropics to have the birds nesting around the pool and frangipani flowers dropping into the waters, but these pleasures are denied because of a school of anal architects.”

A garden by Made Wijaya from the book Tropical Garden Design.  

Author, historian and professor of South-east Asian studies Adrian Vickers said Wijaya left a great legacy of cultural knowledge and the University of Sydney would work to preserve his extensive and unique cultural archive.

“Made had many gifts. He was certainly more than David Bowie’s gardener, although Bowie’s house in Mustique is one of many landscape monuments to his talent around the world, from Florida to the Taj hotels in India,”  Professor Vickers says.

“He spoke Balinese with a fluency that no foreigner could match – and perhaps even a few Balinese had trouble topping his double entendres. He had an immense talent for all things visual, from photography to design and architecture. His research on Majapahit, on Balinese architecture and on Balinese costume (the subject of his last book project) was based on a memory that was visually encyclopaedic.”

Made Wijaya was the nom de plume White used for the witty and acerbic column he wrote, “Stranger in Paradise”, which catalogued his life in Bali. The name stuck.

Wijaya was nothing if not opinionated. He recently described the massive tourist development proposed for Benoa Bay as “mindless environmental vandalism”.

“Imagine filling in Sydney Harbour – it’s pretty radical. It’s going to become like, heaven forbid, South Florida, with fake waterways and cheesy houses. And the last thing we need is more traffic in South Bali,” he told this reporter.

Melanie Morrison, whose father Bill Morrison was the Australian ambassador to Indonesia in the mid-1980s, said Wijaya loved to shock people with his offhand remarks, inappropriate jokes and complete irreverence.

But for all his erudite wit and talents, it was Wijaya’s kindness that many remember. “This master of design had even taken it upon himself to redesign my scruffy little garden in Marrickville – from David Bowie’s Mustique to the inner west, we joked.”

“Behind the scenes he was such a lovely man who helped so many people,” says photographer Andrew de Jong, whose first book Wijaya helped publish. “We are all still in shock today.”

Bali will be a lot more boring without Made Wijaya.

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Exhibitions of the Week: Modernism Unbound with Burle Marx at the Jewish Museum, Moholy-Nagy at the Guggenheim

Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist (Until September 18 at the Jewish Museum)

By now, the Jewish Museum has figured out what kind of modernist exhibitions fit best into its premises: relentlessly dense but effortlessly suggestive showcases of one or two artists, one or two big ideas, that bring visitors close-up with a few important works but leave plenty of room to think. Installation-wise, its recent stunners have been shows like From the Margins: Lee Krasner/Norman Lewis, Mel Bochner: Strong Language, and the recently-closed Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History. Continuing the pattern is Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, an exhibition that benefits both from its in-the-round floorplan and from its subject’s unflagging dedication to the arts of textile and interior design. (He was best known, however, as a landscape architect, a calling that any indoors showcase would be hard pressed to channel.) The main display is as immersive as any Guggenheim vortex, and Burle Marx — while not most dizzying or outlandish personality to grace the Jewish Museum in a year of Russian Revolutionary filmmaking and Mizrahi opera costumes — is too multifarious to make you feel (at least figuratively) like you’re walking in circles.

Roberto Burle Marx and his creations are presented, primarily, in one large ground-floor gallery. Visually, the entire display is anchored by the tapestry that Burle Marx crafted in 1969 for the Santo Andre Civic Center. This mural-sized creation is Burle Marx’s aesthetic in gargantuan form, and perhaps in purified form, the paths and curves and back-to-nature serenities of his landscape architecture, spread across a single wall in blues, greens, and activating patches of orange. From here, the challenge is to unpack Burle Marx’s influences and influence. The exhibition’s discussion of his mixed heritage (German-Jewish father, Brazilian Catholic mother) and attention to his activities as a naturalist, conservationist, and inspired collector of art and pottery do quite a bit to address the first: it soon becomes impossible to see Burle Marx’s gardens without seeing a spirit both scientific and humanitarian behind them. The inclusion of seven younger artists, in various media, who were inspired by Burle Marx addresses the second. But for all the emphasis on Burle Marx’s synthesis across fields, he also turned out to be a more traditional artist of finesse, as canvases such as Red Mangrove (1963) — a masterpiece of graduated darknesses, light arcs, and almost translucent reds — firmly attest.

On the basis of this showcase, Burle Marx was constitutionally incapable of being dull. The trick, I suppose, is that his signature style hailed from all the right places — think Joan Miro in earth tones — and could itself invite and encompass just about any project Burle Marx dreamed up. Set up in an annex, a chandelier that he created with architect Marcello Fragelli at first appears to be a departure — so dark, so three-dimensional — but ultimately reveals itself as an offshoot of what Burle Marx was already up to. The kiltered arms; the hard, swelling angles; the Burle Marx signature style, in wood and metal and lightbulbs. Burle Marx wanted to return landscaping and design to something like an Edenic naturalism, but he did so by treating landscaping, design, art, and perhaps life itself like an enormous jazz improvisation. An artistry that never rests can become its own kind of paradise.

Moholy-Nagy: Future Present (Until September 7 at the Guggenheim Museum)

Living in a world designed by Lazslo Moholy-Nagy would be paradise, for a certain kind of mind. An artist of crisp forms and unflagging tact, Moholy-Nagy brought to his interdisciplinary projects a balance that is rare in interdisciplinary modernism. He was clever without being whimsical or even humorous, transcendent without being emotionally overblown, precise without being rigid and mechanical. In short, Moholy-Nagy: Future Present makes the Guggenheim‘s other forays into medium-spanning modernism seem more than a bit unhinged: walking through Italian Futurism a few seasons ago felt, in comparison, like visiting a lunatic asylum. Here is the bliss of order within variety, an art that achieves some of Piet Mondrian’s certitude without suggesting all that much of Piet Mondrian’s obsessiveness.

Born in 1895 in Austria-Hungary and inducted into modernism by way of studying 19th-century masters, Moholy-Nagy should by all logical rights have wound up a very different artist — more decadent, more old world. Not so. He arrived in Berlin in the 1920s, just in time to arrive at the right blend of Dada, Constructivism, and Bauhaus, and to tap into a latent lyricism of his own. The planar paintings of this decade are meant to bring to mind purified architectural form, but it was in the dark background images of the 1920s into the 1930s that Moholy-Nagy was both most elegant and most haunting: odd industrial elements, precise yet strategically indiscernible lines, and black and midnight shades that Douanier Rousseau might envy. From experiments in sprayed paint — which yielded the remarkable T1 (1926), the first Moholy-Nagy that Solomon R. Guggenheim purchased — Moholy-Nagy spanned more and more media. Room-sized installations, light and shadow displays, and hanging constructions made of Plexiglas punctuated with chromium-coated rods — one of this show’s best sets of work, incidentally — all became part of his output. As a draughtsman and painter, he progressively learned to embrace curves, circles, and (so long, architecture!) non-parallel lines. Out of its historical and personal context, the work of his final years appears more loose and joyous than anything else he created. In its historical and personal context, this is the work of a man who had just witnessed World War II and would die of leukemia in 1946.

Future Present makes a fine case for revisiting Moholy-Nagy, but makes an even better case for modernism as a triumphal mode — a way, the way of looking at the world that nobody can shake off at this point. There is good reason why the activated geometries of the late-period Leuk paintings seem familiar, even if Moholy-Nagy himself isn’t: you’ve probably seen their lesser kin in office lobbies and model apartments. Frankly, if I were designing a corporate logo, Moholy-Nagy would be one of my first three calls. But precisely because his mode of working — or something like it — has filtered into everyday life, the departures and triumphs in Moholy-Nagy’s own work become more conspicuously rewarding. I am thinking especially of the Guggenheim’s powerfully subdued middle stretches of two- and three-tone paintings, and of those hanging constructions that almost seem to monitor the rest of show. These last wouldn’t do much to elevate any corporate setting. Yet with their nervy twists, curves, and apertures, they feel right at home at the Guggenheim.

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Opinion: Bristol attorney shares first-hand glimpse of Trump

Posted on Opinion

By Tom Wells

This week’s writer is Tom Wells, an attorney and businessman with offices and homes in Bristol, Vt., and New Jersey. He is active in real estate and non profits.

Editor’s note: This is an abridged version of a piece that originally appeared online on the Huffington Post website.

I like authenticity, especially as compared to survey-tested or heavily spun. I am prepared to let a candidate say something that I don’t completely agree with and still support him or her. I think the need to be politically correct has gone too far. I also think the media often hypes and slants stories to the point of being untruthful.

I think a prosperous middle class is the key to the American success story, both economically and politically, and that lobbyists have way too much sway. I am very much a pragmatist, so much so that I like compromise more than I like ideology. I like deals, especially those that are win-win.

So Donald Trump is my candidate, right? He is NOT!

In 1987, when I was 35 years old and he was 41, Donald Trump hired me to be his attorney on a major northern New Jersey project, a shopping center, which like everything else, was to bear his name, Trump Centre. It was a big deal that he picked me and a high honor for me just a couple of years after I started my law firm, which is now over 30 years old. This was at a time when Trump still built things, having recently finished Trump Tower.

He seemed to me smart, business savvy, decisive. He had a very impressive office, a fancy and very big boat, an airline, a helicopter shuttle and several casinos. Within a few years, virtually all of this would be lost because of bad business decisions. Lots of lawyers have worked for Donald Trump; lots and lots. I am no Roy Cohn ? neither as aggressive nor (hopefully) nearly as ethically challenged ? but I did know well how to get very tough land use matters through an always challenging application process in New Jersey. I was thrilled when he hired me.

After the initial interview, my client contact with Donald was actually not very much. One low point I do remember (actually will never forget) is a limousine ride to a meeting with the editorial board of a New Jersey newspaper in which my married client sought to regale me with the number and quality of eligible young women who in his words “want me.” I was just plain shocked and embarrassed, but I kept smiling. I wanted and needed this client happy.

While I was working for Donald, various press reports had Trump and his then-wife Ivanna living in a personal apartment in the Trump Tower of 8, 16 and even 20 or 30 rooms. Genuinely curious, I once asked him how many rooms the apartment actually had. I will never forget his response to me: “However many they will print.”

Donald Trump was then, as he is now, larger than life, particularly in his own eyes, and at the same time frighteningly small, with very little moral grounding. He was then, and still is, all ego and show.

I have thought about this a lot, and I want to share my humble insights of why we cannot elect Donald Trump as president of the United States. To me, it is more about character than politics. Because of lack of the former, the latter ? the actual politics of Donald Trump ? are not that easy to discern.

Once I got going with my reasons why Donald would not be good for our country, it was hard to stop. I did stop, however, when I hit 20, about 4,000 words from here. Read on if you are interested.

1. The man lies all the time.

Like the skilled liar he is, he does it with impunity. “I watched in Jersey City, N.J., when thousands and thousands of people were cheering as the World Trade Center collapsed.” “The last quarter the gross domestic product was less than zero.” “The number of illegal immigrants in the United States is 30 million, it could be 34 million.” “ The Mexican government forces bad people into our country.” “The unemployment rate may be as high as 42 percent.”

All these things have been said by Donald, actually often yelled by him, and many times over and over in front of large crowds. How about the whopper, “Crime statistics show blacks kill 81 percent of white homicide victims”? One has to wonder why this lie would be conceived, much less told. Donald Trump says all of these things forcefully, so they must be true. But they are not!

Unambiguously, they are what is described as “pants on fire” untruthful, as in, not a shred of truth. In passing, you have to ponder whether yet another of Donald Trump’s oft made statements about the fervor of his Christianity and the Bible being his favorite book are also not grounded in truth. Clearly, “thou shall not lie” is not his favorite of the Ten Commandments.

2. It is actually not all about the candidate.

“It’s amazing how often I am right?” “I alone can fix this.” “I have a big brain.” “I advise myself.” “I am very, very rich.”

Donald really said all these things. His ego seems to know no bounds. When Donald feels insulted by someone, he obsesses without control. He fusses, he fumes, and he says unbelievably inappropriate things. He is in his glory when he can bully his way to a result he covets.

Did you ever notice that those real people stories other candidates are always telling about someone they just met, struggling with a difficult problem, are just not in the Trump lexicon? He keeps telling us he is all about winners. I guess these folks don’t qualify. Said another way, Donald Trump doesn’t play well in the sandbox with others.

First, he has his own ideas as to who can be in the sandbox with him. He also wants to run the sandbox. He is the kid who gets his way or stomps off in a huff. What happens when he figures out, even our nation’s highest office is not all about him? Do we want him with the codes to nuclear weapons?

3. U.S. presidents are by design not kings.

The Constitution makes them share power. Donald Trump who uses the “I” word more than anyone who has ever aspired to the job, has a brazenly authoritarian bent. He wants to be a “strongman,” not a president.

One has to wonder what would happen if he actually had to govern or make one of his deals in a zero sum world of politics where the other side just says no. What then of his notoriously short attention span, temper or non-stop need to tweet his every frustration?

4. The devil IS in the details.

“Winning so much we will get tired of winning,” “Make good deals with China,” or even “Make America great again” are slogans that don’t actually say anything. We are not stupid; share some details with us, so we can figure out whether you know what you are talking about. For Donald, however, in the few instances when specifics do follow, like perhaps the 1,000-mile, 35-55 foot wall or the deportation of 11 million immigrants, the details never come.

Never are we told that to build the wall, even to the lower 35 feet, (by actual construction estimates) would cost $25 billion dollars, even if you could get the land to build it (most of the border Trump wants to wall is in the middle of a river and land in many cases could not even be secured for a fence).

His magic to make Mexico pay for it? The only suggestion I have heard is take it out of remittances from folks mailing money back home or one of his “45 percent tariffs.” How is that going to work for the Americans sending the money to relatives or all of us paying 45 percent more for Mexican-made merchandise or the American company doing the manufacturing? How about the fact that the wall would do little to stop illegal immigration, more of which is “overstays” of visitors than “over the border” and likely will generate few, if any, jobs for the folks Trump has whipped up into a xenophobic frenzy.

Then let’s take the deportation and just focus on the big stuff. How exactly do you round up and deport 11 million people? Is he going to use stadiums and nationalize cruise ship lines? Who will be doing the rounding up, certainly not the police, the army perhaps? The children left behind? How about the fact that American farms, restaurants, not to mention landscaping and construction labor jobs will go unattended? Vital jobs for sure, but are these the jobs that Trump plans to provide for his “real Americans” to make America great again?

5. Words matter.

Everything is not a “disaster,” “stupid” or a “disgrace.” Neither is it “tremendous,” “huge,” “fantastic” or “amazing.” Everyone is not a “loser,” “low energy” or a “bimbo.” Talk of former presidents being liars ? or his favorite, “a disaster” ? and foreign dictators being great leaders does not advance the discourse.

Americans are mostly not prudes, but vulgarity from the dais, penis size allusions, reveling in sexual conquests, menstruation-based criticism and crass insults of every shape and form just does not cut it from a president. We have children.

6. Reading is good. So is studying.

Donald Trump recently told us that he does not read much. We know from the recent revelations by Tony Schwartz, his ghost writer on The Art of the Deal (yes, I do have my copy from when it first came out, autographed with Donald telling me to “keep up the great work”), which Donald says is second only to the Bible as the must-read book, that he certainly has not written a book ? at least not that one.

Even though for many years I owned a bookstore and would not let my kids watch TV on weekdays to help them become readers, I do not believe you must read to lead. I do believe, however, that those who seek to lead us need to study hard, seek to gain wisdom from others, and try to master very complex ideas and relationships. I think being president is hard. I am glad that after a long day, President Obama retreats to his private study almost every night for 3 or 4 hours of quiet study… and reading.

Any fair interpretation of Trump’s many bizarre statements and flip-flops makes it clear he has not the slightest inclination to read or study. In his own words, he makes decisions “with very little knowledge other than the knowledge I already had, plus the words ‘common sense,’ because I have lots of common sense and I have a lot of business ability.” It is a special and unique form of arrogance to think you could even consider being literally the leader of the free world without doing the work to deeply understand the job.

7. The new vocabulary we are adjusting to is not a good one.

Xenophobe (intense dislike or fear of people from foreign countries); misogynist (strong prejudice against women); nativist (preference for established inhabitants as opposed to immigrants); fascist (authoritarian and dictatorial); bigot (intolerance for those with a different opinion); demagogue (inflaming passions based on popular desires not on rationale arguments); dystopian (describing a place, typically totalitarian, where everything is unpleasant and squalid); racist (oh, you know what this one is).

We have all had to get the dictionary out to understand many of the not household terms that had to find their way into print to describe the unique phenomenon that is Donald Trump. The scary thing is that these strange words are at least close to the mark. What happened to statesmanlike, well-qualified, or even brilliant, as words we can use to describe people we want to elect to high office? Haven’t heard any of these associated with the Donald.

8. We need to be careful with “tough.”

Donald Trump said of a protester at one of his rallies, “in the good old days they would have carried him out on a stretcher.” His world reveres this brand of toughness. This toughness is not about the strength it takes to use restraint or to make really hard decisions. It is about “punching that guy in the face,” or at a minimum, saving face ? his.

I will resist the temptation to belabor the nuclear codes point again, and rather just query do we really want a thin-skinned president who, as he suggested, if a government leader (Castro) was not on the tarmac to meet his plane, “would turn around Air Force One and come home.” Or one who when confronted with the fact that whether or not his careless re-tweet of a white supremacist-created Jewish star and dollar bill-backed attack of Hillary Clinton was anti-Semitic, can’t even just give one of those non-apology-apologies, “I am sorry if I offended anyone.” A “tough-guy” who instead declares major newscasters stupid and sick and makes it all about the media who dare to criticize him, with never a word to David Duke and the ugly element high-fiving him and resending his initial offensive post.

Whether or not the post was intended to even more firmly entrench this segment of support, Trump demonstrates his version of tough, one that glorifies his opinion and his being right over all else. Nowhere in his world can tough be humble, respectful, restrained or diplomatic.

9. Success does matter.

Donald Trump’s business success is greatly exaggerated and his skills limited. Donald Trump is a great salesman and a showman/promoter in a league only with PT Barnum. This we can give him. He has also been very good at making his name a brand and selling its use. For a while, he had some pretty high TV ratings by telling out of work celebrities they were fired. However, even in his own playing field, ask any large New York real estate developer, of which — surprise, surprise — he is not one, at least not as to large (14th in New York City on the latest list), and you will learn his successes are few.

Four business bankruptcies (1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009), the Plaza Hotel, Trump Air, all three casinos (a couple times) the steaks, the water, Trump Centre in New Jersey that I worked on, Manhattan’s West Side rail yards (where buildings do bear his name as a consolation), the much-hyped $35,000 get-rich scheme Trump University ? all failures by any measure except of course to Donald, who “has no regrets, whatsoever.”

Then there are basic business ethics: 3,500 lawsuits, the fact that he has penchant for not paying bills fully or on time, or that he calls himself the “King of Debt” ? a king made rich by running up debt, then renegotiating it. Is this the skill set we want for the president?

Even with Trump’s fabled net worth, always exaggerated by billions more than others calculate, one has to wonder if his true net worth wouldn’t be just as much if he took his considerable inheritance from father Fred and just passively invested it. We’ll never know from Donald ? certainly not from those tax returns he won’t release.

10. We could not be the great country we are without the First Amendment, but our media may kill us.

The media is not Donald’s enemy as he keeps announcing from the stage. It may be the enemy of the rest of us, however. It sure feels like it lately. The air time Donald gets, and his ability to phone in his rants (especially with the cable media) is nothing short of, to use one of his words, “disgusting.”

Donald, who lives by polls and ratings, understands it is ratings and not news worthiness that dictates what is on the airwaves. Donald dominates almost every news cycle, simply by being more outrageous than anyone or anything else. The “false equivalency” created by point-counterpoint talking heads then makes over-the-top positions seem legitimate. It is reality TV writ large and it is very out of control.

11. Temperament, demeanor and character are important.

In many ways, Donald represents the very worst in all of us, or at least many of us. He is all about continuous gratification. He is the petulant child who wants his way. He is the selfish teenager with no big picture yet. He is the spoiled young man of privilege with the “right” race and religion, education, good looks, and family fortune to succeed easily, and who looks down on others lacking in any of the above who do not.

He is a man who thinks it is okay to call someone fat or ugly or stupid or to make fun of a person with a disability. He is the collector of trophy wives and trophy properties, the guy who wins, or so he thinks, because he has the most toys.

12. The emperor and his clothes.

Donald says he knows more about the military than anyone else. Why? Because he went to an expensive prep school where they wore uniforms and sometimes marched? How about, “I know more about ISIS than the generals.” Please, can some real soldiers evaluate this?

Donald says America never wins anymore. Compared to whom, and at what? No doubt we have problems. Democracy is messy. Witness the present campaign, and the long slow recovery from the 2008 recession has not included the middle class nearly enough. And, yes, trade in a world that is now fully connected and integrated is hard to figure out. But by what measure is America, as Donald tells us, a “disaster”?

How do you actually say and believe, “This country is a hell-hole. We are going down fast.” Compared to whom? Mexico, China or his most bizarre new favorite, Russia, that he tells us “beat us all the time … because our leaders are stupid”? Give us a break.

13. Sophomoric speech tricks don’t work ? at least not with most of us.

Says Donald, “I am not going to talk about” the libertarian VP candidate’s alcoholism. “I refuse to say… I cannot stand to say… that I cannot stand the sound of Clinton screaming into the microphone all the time.” You just did, Donald. We get it that with these statements, even you know you are on shaky ground so you are trying to play it both ways. Doesn’t work. Nor does your even more insidious, not-so-clever trick of attributing to others wild accusations that even you are afraid to make, but that you want to advance.

How about when discussing the Orlando massacre, “there are a lot of people that think [President Obama] doesn’t want to get it. A lot of people think maybe he doesn’t want to know about it I happen to think he just doesn’t know what he is doing, but there are many people that think maybe he just doesn’t want to get it. He doesn’t want to see what’s really happening. And that could be.”

Who are these “people” who have placed the president on the side of the terrorists? Perhaps the same people who, with Trump, saw the masses in New Jersey celebrating the destruction of the twin towers, or those convinced Hillary Clinton murdered Vince Foster, that Ted Cruz’s father was working with Lee Harvey Oswald to kill President Kennedy, or that President Obama was not born in the United States nor did he graduate from Harvard or Columbia.

Two possibilities. The likely one: “lots of people are saying” is just Trump code for “I want to now float something so outrageous” even red-faced Donald can’t get it out without this qualifier. Or perhaps the “lots of people” is a select group, the closed loop of the loyalists who attend his rallies that heard it from him!

14. A thin skin does not work for a president.

“The politicians have again chosen this presidential pigmy as their nominee.” So said the long-defunct New York Herald about Abraham Lincoln, now nearly everybody’s choice for our nation’s best president. Consider the statement when George Washington left office: “the time is now arrived for the source of all misfortune of our country… [to be] reduced to a level with his fellow citizens.”

U.S. presidents, all of them, have had their critics, and in our land of wonderful free speech, the critics get to have their say. Thank goodness. That Donald does not do well with criticism is not really open to debate. Ask Megyn Kelly (“third-rate talent”), Rosie O’Donnell (“nice little fat Rosie,” “total loser”) or Elizabeth Warren (“Pocahontas”) or for that matter virtually any of his recently vanquished adversaries: Cruz, Kasich, Rubio or Bush, in just the first tier. Even the one most like him (now apparently looking for a post-New Jersey job with him), Chris Christie felt his sting when he suggested Donald was “thin-skinned.” He just can’t let anything go ever. He obsesses even when he wins.

Republicans who broke “the pledge” to support him, they “should not be allowed to run for office again.” In Donald’s world, disagreeing with him has to have a consequence ? a serious one ? and pursuing this goal is worthy of effort and energy, even when it makes no difference.

Do we really think our president has time for this? Do we really want a man with such sensibilities and such an authoritarian bent in charge of, say, the FBI or the IRS? Does the concept of “secret police,” a favorite of leaders of this type elsewhere, seem too extreme? Probably, yes. But if I was Donald, I would float it with one of his “people are saying” declarations. There, I just used his trick. See how easy it is.

15. Bullies will always exist somewhere, but the White House should not be that somewhere.

What does a bully do? Most of all he or she seeks to intimidate, physically or at least verbally. So far this character trait of Donald’s has been exclusively verbal and aimed at business adversaries and more recently politicians and journalists ? and, of course, then ex-ghost writer of his book and ex-employees or contractors he cheated (those who do not have anti-disparagement contractual handcuffs) who dare to candidly assess his conduct.

What happens when this guy gets the world’s strongest army at his disposal, and a bully pulpit that guarantees him notice? Seem like a bad idea to anyone else?

16. Law and order.

Before it was an Emmy-winning TV show, “law and order” was a campaign theme used by Richard Nixon in 1968 to get himself elected in a year when our country had two very public assassinations and destructive demonstrations, even riots, in 110 U.S. cities. Nixon sought to mobilize what he called the “silent majority” around the need for more police. He also tapped into the racial and economic divide between black and white and working class and “elite Eastern liberals,” and the evil media that his vice president, Spiro Agnew, called “nattering nabobs of negativism.” Is Donald Trump seeking to bring this back? Of course yes, yet no.

Yes, he wants to separate and mobilize angry voters who feel left behind by an increasingly diverse culture. No, because his dystopian version of lawless, besieged, pitifully weak America is not what Nixon preached, nor for that matter Ronald Reagan. It is unique to him, at least in our country. It is, however, a textbook version of the rallying cry of countless dictators and strongmen. It is a demagogue’s basic tool, to gin up a problem then declare he is the “only one who can fix it.”

As bad as all this rhetoric is, what next? He tells us, “On January 20, 2017, the day I take the oath of office, Americans will finally wake up in a country where the laws of the United States are enforced… crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon?I mean very soon?come to an end.” How’s this work, Donald? Martial law? Does he honestly believe President Obama, and for that matter all of his 44 predecessors, would not have liked to have all laws effective and fully followed? If only wishing could make it so! However, since the states, not the federal government, hold sway over most criminal law, the president acting alone has no Constitutional power to do any such thing. What then? More of the water boarding and killing families of terrorists logic? “I alone can fix it!”

17. Incoherent rants, often contradictory, does not a foreign policy make.

Convince Japan and South Korea to seek nuclear arms. Eliminate NATO. Crush ISIS but do it without Muslim allies and no troops on the ground. Sometimes attack Libya, sometimes not. Sometimes attack surgically, but don’t let it come out the way it did. Sometimes it’s good we attacked Iraq, sometimes not. Do not nation build, but fix Syria. Stop Iran by making better deals.

In fact, come to think of it, that is the solution to almost everything: “just make better deals” everywhere. Oh, yes and never apologize for anything. We are America, very, very rich and beholden to no one. Like us or else. Sound like someone we know?

18. How will anyone effectively be president if we don’t at least respect the office?

In the 1960s during an unpopular war, we all endured a president adorning himself with a flag pin and declaring anyone who did not agree with him (which include a heck of a lot of young people on campuses all across America, including me) somehow un-American. Although political opposition is as old as our nation, we begin to slide down the slope of dangerous disrespect when disagreement is replaced with vilification.

This Republican nominee for the presidency thinks it is okay to accuse a former president of his own party of intentionally going to war on false pretenses and the current President of being in conspiracy with Muslim terrorists. Any thoughtful American of either party or no party, of any political philosophy must see that this must stop.

Truth, or at least a semblance of some, has to come back. Outrageous lies just have no place in meaningful discourse ? outrageous liars even less so. They cannot become the backbone of a point-counterpoint talking-head media circus that is so much more about ratings than truth.

19. Rich and powerful guys have to play by the rules, too.

Let’s not kid ourselves. Trump University was not an academic institution, far from it. It was a get-rich-quick scheme by a guy selling a get-rich-quick scheme. It is not the first or the last of its type. Late night, cheap-advertising-time-television will always feature this fare. Donald’s efforts, however, were on so much a grander scale ? $35,000… “a university.” Really? What this was is an out-and-out fraud scheme by a man now trying to become the leader of our country and the free world.

We all know, or at least have read, that suckers are born every minute. But can’t we at least disrespect those who prey on these poor folks, and when they really go too far, sue them? “No,” says Donald Trump. The court case brought by a whole class of plaintiffs against his scam is only still in court, Donald says, because the long-time and distinguished federal judge is a “hater” not capable of giving him justice because his parents are from Mexico.

In Donald’s world, the only individual capable of judging him would not be Mexican or related to anyone from Mexico, likewise folks of the Muslim faith, and, oh yeah, likewise women. In this world rich, entitled, egotistical, ethically-challenged older white men should then only be judged by rich, entitled, egotistical, ethically-challenged older white men.

20. We must stand for something.

Donald Trump’s version of America does not include folks not like him. Instead, he is all about what Sarah Palin labeled “real Americans.” The fact that all us others seem to be utterly expendable is deeply troubling. Targeting an entire religion ? Islam, with 1.6 billion adherents, 3.3 million being U.S. citizens ? for extra scrutiny or worse is patently inconsistent with traditional American values, if not those of the “real Americans.”

It is also unconstitutional, and, beyond all this, incredibly counterproductive as it hardens the lines of controversy by wholesale moving of the allies we need to solve terrorist problems into the enemy camp. Other similar strategies championed by Donald, like waterboarding and other forms of torture, not to mention targeting families of an enemy, are not just illegal. They are, to use another one of his words, “stupid”. They do not work, very likely making situations worse and our enemies more numerous and passionate.

One has to wonder, what does the America of the “real Americans” look like? A bunch of intolerant, hyper aggressive, folks behind a big wall, isolated (not trading with anyone and thus with a sick economy and very expensive goods) and with a lot of enemies. No “Shining City on the Hill,” for sure. Hard to see anything but ruin ahead for such a place.


We can do so much better! For me, better comes easily in the form of former Senator and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. For those who do not come to that conclusion easily (I get it), this year it will have to be the lesser of two evils. No matter what, don’t even think about taking us into the abyss that is Donald Trump.

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Jane Thompson, 89, award-winning designer, urban planner

Jane Thompson called herself an “architect without portfolio” — a nod to her lack of formal training in the profession. Yet as a designer and urban planner, an editor and a writer with a sharp eye and precise thinking, she helped transform urban shopping through the Faneuil Hall revitalization 40 years ago and in like-minded reinvigorations across the country.

With a mind that connected the disparate parts of design into a seamless aesthetic, she worked alongside her husband, the architect Benjamin Thompson, whose vision turned a down-on-its-luck Quincy Market into what he dubbed a “festival marketplace,” a concept that was lauded and much-imitated after it opened in the bicentennial year.


A connoisseur of beauty and elegance in the commonplace, Mrs. Thompson saw the importance of tiny details many grand visionaries might overlook. “Can openers, candlesticks, bedsheets — if they’re well made, they should be displayed,” she once told the Globe.

Mrs. Thompson, who in 2010
received the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award, died of cancer Aug. 22 in her Cambridge home. She was 89.

During her career, she advocated for bringing more women into all aspects of design. Then in 2000, she was the recipient of an honor for which there was no adequate title, when the Finnish government knighted Mrs. Thompson and her husband. The couple’s design contributions included championing fabrics from the Finnish company Marimekko.

“I didn’t ever ask if there was another woman in the Finnish knighthood, but I said, ‘I don’t want to be the wife of a knight. I want to be a knight knight,’ ” she told Boston Magazine in 2014. “Someone came up and said, ‘Sir Lady Jane. That makes you both.’ ”

In her late-20s, Mrs. Thompson was a founding co-editor of the magazine Industrial Design, later known as I.D., and she joined Ben Thompson’s Boston architectural practice in the 1960s. They married and went on to collaborate on festival marketplaces, the Harvest restaurant in Harvard Square, and the iconic retail store Design Research, or D/R, on Brattle Street in Cambridge with its all-glass exterior.


“She was not interested in making a fabulous place for the very few,” said Andrea Leers, cofounder of the Boston architectural firm Leers Weinzapfel Associates. “She was interested in creating places that were for the public, that were very welcoming.”

For Mrs. Thompson and her husband, who died in 2002, design “was a way of enhancing life, and I think that distinguishes Jane from other designers. Her care always was to create social spaces, to create places that enlarged and energized life,” Leers said.

“She really was a pioneer in place-making the way we know it today,” Leers added. “Design was integral to that. It was not just a commercial venture. It was beautiful spaces filled with light, beautiful landscaping that went with it. It was the design of a whole lifestyle.”

With the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum praised Mrs. Thompson’s six-decade career and her pioneering revitalization projects such as Faneuil Hall, the Grand Central District in New York City, and Chicago’s Navy Pier.

“I find longevity proves something,” she later said in an interview for “Twenty Over Eighty,” published this year by Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith.

“People are so limited in their ideas of what they’re capable of,” Mrs. Thompson said of the complexity she faced with long-term projects. “You have to make a battle plan for everything you’re doing in order to get through all the obstacles. And there are a . . . lot of obstacles.”

Born Jane Fiske in Champaign, Ill., she was the daughter of David Fiske and the former Ahna Anderson. With her parents and younger brother, she moved to New York’s Westchester County and wrote for the newspaper at New Rochelle High School.

“She was the most content-driven person I’ve known. She absolutely loved learning about anything and everything,” said her daughter, Sheila McCullough of Northampton. “She was encyclopedic with what she knew, and she wanted to understand the reason why for anything. She would not be persuaded unless you could tell her why.”

Mrs. Thompson graduated from Vassar College and worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York with Philip Johnson, director of the architecture department. “I never saw a woman in a design office in all those years,” she said in the “Twenty Over Eighty” interview.

The experience helped shape her view of the need for women and men to work together in the field.

In the Boston Magazine interview, she recalled seeing a design that shoved a bed “off into a corner — you couldn’t even make it, let alone get in or out of it.”

Male designers “aren’t thinking about the functional interaction between beds and cleaning,” and female designers “know something men don’t,” she added. “The truth is we need men in design just as much as we need women. Because they think differently, and together they get it right. I called it the world of the double win.”

Mrs. Thompson, who also did graduate work at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts and studied creative writing at Bennington College, was editor of Industrial Design magazine in the late-1950s. Her marriage to Paul Mitarachi ended in divorce, as did a marriage to John McCullough, with whom she had two children, Sheila and Allen McCullough, who now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Formerly a partner in Benjamin Thompson and Associates, Mrs. Thompson headed the Thompson Design Group after her husband retired. When the couple opened their Harvest restaurant in the 1970s, she grew some of the produce, years ahead of the locally grown movement. “You just couldn’t easily buy things like sorrel then,” she told the Globe in 1993.

Meanwhile, the couple’s Willard Street house in Cambridge was home to Bauhaus chairs and bright Marimekko fabrics. The back wall was glass, which allowed Mrs. Thompson to gaze at her roses outside while playing her harpsichord inside. Her attention to detail was unsparing. While preparing a design to remodel the kitchen, “I made the sketch showing every pot, pan, and dish on the shelves,” she said in 2003.

In addition to her children, Mrs. Thompson leaves her stepchildren Gale McCullough of Ellsworth, Maine, Jill McCullough of Canterbury, N.H., Deborah Thompson of Lexington, Benjamin Thompson Jr., Nicholas Thompson, Anthony Thompson, and Marina Thompson; three grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

Her immediate family is planning a private burial.

“To the very end, she just always wanted to be working,’ her daughter Sheila said.

In 1993, Mrs. Thompson received Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement from the American Institute of Architects, and a Personal Recognition Award
three years later from the Industrial Designers Society of America.

“She was really a force and an example of how to be fully engaged in life and in work,” Leers said. “This was not a person of small talk and little consequence. She was always working on something.”

Bryan Marquard can be reached at

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Missinne Greenhouse meets growth with change

The second-generation Missinne daughters, Mary and Lori, and son-in-law, Chuck Ritchie, continued to expand the family’s operation to include eight greenhouses and offered landscaping services until 2012, when Chuck and Lori started new chapters in their lives.

Since the 2013 season, Mary Missinne has carried on the family tradition at Missinne Greenhouse Landscape, but trends are prompting yet another change for the 38-year South Range business.

It was a painstaking decision that took about two years to make, Mary Missinne said. However, with more and more of her customers seeking landscaping and container garden solutions, Missinne made the decision to let go of the retail side of the business so her 20-plus seasonal employees can focus their attention on growing, designing and maintaining those landscapes and container gardens that customers want.

 “We do so many containers and beds for people, with annuals and perennials, and we install them and take care of them all summer; it’s that part of our business that has grown so big,” Mary Missinne said. “It’s like we need that much more space for it.”

She said with the labor-intensive nature of retail, something had to give. So after two years of careful consideration, Missinne notified long-term retail customers that she will no longer maintain retail hours starting in the 2017 growing season. That will allow her to focus her efforts and those of her staff on commercial and residential landscape designs, installations and maintenance.

In 2017, Missinne will order and stock plants only for the commercial and residential containers, and landscape customers. Greenhouse plants will be used for custom-design containers; trees, shrubs and perennials no longer will be available at the South Range business, but Missinne will take custom orders for them.

Missinne said people who drop off containers to be filled with plants can continue to do so.

“Our regular retail clients will drop off five, six containers and have us do them up, and we will still do that,” Missinne said.

However, customers with gift and loyalty cards are asked to use them by Dec. 15.

Missinne said she had considered adding a couple of more greenhouses to the family-owned business, but that raised questions about staffing.

The change in the business model will allow Missinne to create more full-time opportunities for staff, some of whom have come back every year for 20 to 25 seasons.

She said it just made sense to change the business model.

“The business, it just changed in the last couple of years,” Missinne said. “We’re going to put our energy, our resources, our people into what is making sense.”

Missinne said the decision didn’t come easily; she’s going to miss all the people who shopped at the retail operation.

“I think that’s the saddest part, because we won’t get to see all the people,” Missinne said. “It’s like old home week when we have sneak-peek week, and pots and tots. … We’ve watched generations of kids come through.”

However, she said the change is necessary to stay in business, allowing more space to focus on container designs, and a chance to say “yes” to more businesses that have asked Missinne to handle landscaping services.

“We don’t have to give up growing plant material … if somebody needs something, we will be able to grow it,” Missinne said. “Trees and shrubs, if someone needs a specific tree or shrub, we will be able to get it because we will be getting in product all summer for landscaping. We’ll still have mulch and soil, and that kind of thing. We just won’t have regular retail hours.”

Missinne Greenhouse Landscape

Address: 6553 S. County Road K, South Range

Phone: (715) 399-2527


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Stolley Park flowerbeds getting facelift

The gardens that once entertained the guests of Grand Island founder William Stolley, including a 1903 visit from President Theodore Roosevelt, are getting a complete facelift.

The Grand Island Parks and Recreation Department is entering the second year of a three-year renovation of the flowerbeds at Stolley Park. They are replanting the beds with perennials.

“It will be less maintenance and easier to take care of,” city horticulturist Brad Foster said.

The flowerbeds, which are lined with lilac bushes, were originally planted by Stolley more than 115 years ago. They are getting their first overall facelift since a community planting in 1984. The flowerbeds had a minor upgrade about 16 years ago.

But a year without watering during tough budget times killed off much of the long-standing perennials.

Foster and volunteers began a major replanting last year when he issued a call for hostas donated from private gardens and commercial greenhouses.

The result was two of the six beds replanted with hostas, daylilies and irises last fall and early this spring.

“We potted about 3,000 hostas last year,” Foster said.

Paid summer staff then cleaned out the next bed for replanting and reset brick pavers that line the beds. He said the corners of the flowerbeds were also bricked with pavers that once were part of the Grand Isle Heritage Zoo at Stolley Park.

The extra dirt removed to make way for the pavers was mounded on the northeast corner of the flowerbeds near an arbor to create a new venue for weddings and portrait settings.

“Lots of people have their pictures taken here,” Foster said.

The dirt was mounded around a new retaining wall built from some existing landscaping block plus some block donated by Foster Farms (owned by Foster’s family). The mound was topped with flagstone pavers relocated from the south end of the flowerbeds. LAD Photography donated a split-rail fence.

The result is a picturesque backdrop that can accommodate a large group. People can sit on the wall, lean against the fence and stand on the pavers for photos. Pots of annuals flank the fence for a pop of color.

Foster said many of those annuals were donated by the Nebraska State Fair last year and taken over the winter to the city greenhouse, where clippings were taken.

Volunteer Susan Smith said the ultimate goal is to plant native grasses behind the new split-rail fence and add plants that will cascade over the wall.

The flowerbed behind the split-rail fence has a ring of existing daylilies that will be matched with a new ring of daylilies. Smith used a stake and string line to mark out the new flower ring last week.

Hydrangea and hibiscus will be planted in the centers. There will be more grasses and balloon flowers, as well as asters, mums and phlox.

But more volunteers are needed to help plant.

A perennial planting is set for 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 17. Volunteers should bring their own hand tools.

Foster said the city is again looking for donations of perennials — pretty much anything but daylilies, irises and hostas.

As plants get established, more will be added over the years for color and texture, Smith said. She envisions some colorful coleus being planted among the grasses to add some red. Purple coneflower, sedum and black-eyed Susans will be added.

“I think William Stolley would be happy the gardens are still alive,” Foster said.

If you go

What: Stolley Park perennial planting, bring hand tools for planting

When: 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 17

Where: Stolley flowerbeds north of Kids Kingdom at Stolley Park, Stolley Park Road and Blaine Street

More information: Call horticulturist Brad Foster at the city greenhouse, (308) 385-5303.

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Outer Banks Ace Hardware continues support of The Elizabethan Gardens

Outer Banks Ace Hardware continued its support of The Elizabethan Gardens, providing the nonprofit garden attraction with landscaping tools, supplies, seeds and other items.

“We’ve been the recipient of several generous gifts from Ace,” Lou Ellen Flowers, chairwoman of the Board of Governors of The Elizabethan Gardens, said. “We appreciate the support of Outer Banks Ace Hardware and the many employees who make this fine business the true community champion it is. Year after year they prove how they are a valued and committed part of our community.”

The Gardens, a project of The Garden Club of North Carolina, formally opened on Aug. 18, 1960, is located on the north end of Roanoke Island at 1411 National Park Drive in Manteo. Outer Banks Ace has signed on as the sponsor for the milestone.

For more information, visit or call 252-473-3234.

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Get your garden ready for spring

With spring just days away, Sabrina Hahn shares the top three things to tackle in your garden this week.

1. Get sweet potato runners into prepared beds with lots of compost and manure.

2. Go to the native nurseries to see what new plants are coming out for the spring rush of planting.

3. Plant out deciduous trees now before they start shooting new growth.

Now is a great time to check out the new plants that are arriving in native nurseries. Pictured is hakea Burrendong Beauty. Picture: Gerald Moscarda

Tip of the week

The iceplant (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum) is not only an attractive ground cover, the salty leaves can be pickled, put in salads or in stir-fries.

Do you have a question for Sabrina?

Write to Habitat Ask Sabrina, GPO Box N1025, Perth WA 6843, or email

Please include your full name and suburb. Due to the volume of questions, not all will be answered.

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