Hidden Spaces: Beck-Warren House

first_img 5Toilets can be beautiful — check out this verdigris patina. 10While the curtain tabs remain, the elaborate showerhead is no longer used. 12The floor’s mosaic is reflected in the tub’s shiny tile base. 3Worn and random brown tesserae are patterned on the floor of the 1891 bathroom. 8This call bell was once used by the disabled homeowner, Henry Clarke Warren. It’s one of several bells on the second floor. 11Warren’s specially built zinc tub fills one side of the room and contains a seat at one end that was presumably helpful during his lifetime of incessant pain. 6The pull chain adds some fittingly regal flair to this toilet, which is sometimes slangily referred to as “the throne.” 1This unusual plumbing under the bathroom sink resembles a musical G clef.center_img 2“Down the hall was the ancient dignified bathroom,” wrote Carolyn Gold Heilbrun whose nom de plume was Amanda Cross. In her 1981 mystery novel, “Death in a Tenured Position,” this room figures prominently. 9Glazed white ceramic tiles on walls and ceilings surround the two-tiered zinc bathtub. 4The marble basin and faucets are presumed original. 7The toilet base is composed of porcelain and ornamented with a relief pattern depicting a basket of rushes that was originally embellished with gold leaf. The latest bathroom technology is everywhere on Harvard’s campus: low-flush urinals, dual-flush toilets, metered faucets, and hands-free paper towel dispensers. But sometime, take a step into the past and enter Beck-Warren House, where the second-floor bathroom is so preserved it could be a museum.In 1891, the home’s second owner, Henry Clarke Warren, who was handicapped after injuring his spine as a child, outfitted his bathroom with special features such as a call bell and a two-tiered, zinc bathtub. The reclusive Warren lived on the second floor, where he installed other call bells, skylights, a heated sunporch, and a specially designed bed. He heated his rooms to 90 degrees as a respite from his chronic pain. Despite his lifelong suffering, Warren attained distinction in his field with his pioneering research in Sanskrit and Pali texts. He worked standing — with the aid of crutches — but eventually this became impossible so he worked kneeling on a chair, supporting his weight by leaning on his elbows. Warren’s great friend Charles Lanman, a Sanskrit professor at Harvard, once joked with Warren about the latter’s “trouser knees,” which were frayed from his constant kneeling. Warren answered, “Ah, but when St. Peter sees those knees, he’ll say, ‘Pass right in, sir, pass right in.’”By the 1980s, the extraordinary bathroom was featured in a mystery novel, one of a series by Amanda Cross. She wrote: “Janet was found in an inebriated state in an ancient bathroom in some old frame house where the English Department hangs out …”Just outside the bathroom is another curious feature of the house: a trap door in the hallway floor believed to have been used to hide runaway slaves by the home’s original owner, Harvard Latin Professor Charles Beck. The door was discovered in the 1940s when workers found old draperies, musty carpets, a bed, and a dresser with a photograph of a cow on it. The secret passageway was later sealed off when students were found playing in there.Upon his death in 1899, Warren left most of his estate, including this house, with its interesting past, to Harvard, which had “provided him a sanctuary unlike any he had been able to achieve within his family.” A year later the house was moved slightly to accommodate construction of the Harvard Union (now called Barker) and currently serves as office space for the faculty and staff of Celtic languages and literatures, folklore and mythology, and the Mahindra Humanities Center. 13The bathroom’s only window faces north, and rarely lets in direct light — perhaps contributing to the preservation of this antique space.last_img read more

HSV 2 Swift Departs For Southern Partnership Station 2010

first_imgBy Dialogo May 10, 2010 High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2), along with various embarked Navy and Marine Corps units, departed Naval Station Mayport May 5 for a five-month deployment for Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2010. While in port, Swift received 140 Project Handclasp pallets and two fire engines. The Wisconsin National Guard State Partnership Program donated the fire engines to Project Handclasp for transportation to Nicaragua, their partner nation. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that accepts and transports educational, humanitarian and goodwill material on a space-available basis aboard U.S. Navy ships for distribution to foreign nation recipients. SPS is an annual deployment of various specialty platforms in the Caribbean and Latin America. The mission’s primary goal is information sharing with navies, coast guards, and civilian services throughout the region. A compliment of U.S. Navy Sailors and Marines embarked on Swift will conduct training and subject matter expert (SME) exchanges with partner nations in the region. During the SPS deployment, Swift will visit Barbados, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, and Suriname. COMUSNAVSO is the naval component command for USSOUTHCOM and is responsible for all naval personnel and assets in the AOR. COMUSNAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the U.S. Maritime Strategy, including Theater Security Cooperation, relationship building, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, community relations, and counter-illicit trafficking operations.last_img read more

Liverpool retail park clears final hurdle

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Liverpool stars back Williams after social media abuse

first_imgBut Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders said on Wednesday the highly-rated Williams knows he has the backing of his team-mates, including Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold.  Speaking ahead of Thursday’s League Cup fourth round tie against Arsenal, Lijnders said: “It is not for me to comment on social media.”The only thing I can say is abuse is wrong – through social media, on the street, it is wrong. Second, you are not a Liverpool supporter if you don’t support.”Trent [Alexander-Arnold] spoke with him [Williams], Virgil spoke with him, Robbo [Andrew Robertson] spoke with him – so it’s not only Jurgen or me. Liverpool stars including Virgil van Dijk have backed Neco Williams after the young defender received social media abuse.Williams was criticized online after losing possession in the build-up to Lincoln’s first goal during Liverpool’s 7-2 League Cup win last week.The 19-year-old Wales international has since stopped using his official Twitter account. “It’s how we take care of each other and that’s what makes us different.”Lijnders, standing in for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp at the press conference, added: “Neco is a doer, and doers make mistakes. We don’t want safe play, a player who doesn’t take risks. “Our game is based on everyone taking the initiative from each position, and that is what we want.”One of the most important lessons for each young boy who is coming through, each player, is that it is a weakness if you can get caught up in praise and criticism. I think he dealt with it really well, to be honest.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Move in, renovate or replace in popular Hendra

first_imgThe home at 26 Clarke St, Hendra.THIS three-bedroom, one-bathroom home offers the perfect chance to create an idyllic family lifestyle. Marketing agents Andrew Ems and Mark Roemermann of @Realty said the property at 26 Clarke St, Hendra was set on a large block in an outstanding location.“You can choose to enjoy the current property, extend, renovate or demolish and construct your perfect home,” Mr Ems said.“There is plenty of room on the 405 sqm site to build a luxury family abode with a large entertaining deck and a sparkling pool to make the most of the Queensland climate. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“Alternatively, those who love local history might like to simply renovate or extend the current home.”The home has hardwood floor, ornate cornices and airconditioning.There is an open-plan living and dining area and a separate kitchen with gas stove and dishwasher.The three bedrooms are a good size and there is a family bathroom with bath, vanity and toilet.There area security screens to doors, and timber venetian blinds and flyscreens to windows.Downstairs there is a second toilet, laundry, storage and parking for two small cars.The home is on a level, fully-fenced 405sq m block close to the Racecourse Road dining precinct, local schools, childcare facilities and public transport.last_img read more

Laminaria scores €2M to further advance wave tech

first_imgBelgian wave energy company Laminaria has raised €2 million to support the development and full-scale demonstration of its wave energy generation technology at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Scotland.The funding was secured from new investors, QBIC II, which is a seed and early-stage investor in young companies, and PMV NV, a Flemish investment company, along with the contribution from an existing investor Clean Energy Innovative Projects (CEIP).Laminaria is leading the Oceanera-Net supported LAMWEC project, with the aim of upscaling the technology to 200kW, prove its survivability in extreme storm conditions, and ready it for deployment at EMEC in 2018.Steven Nauwelaerts, CEO of Laminaria, said: “After delivering proof of concept with the North Sea test campaign in 2015, demonstrating a grid connected device in the turbulent Scottish waters is the next very exciting step for Laminaria. The testing and development campaigns to date have given confidence to QBIC II, PMV and CEIP to invest in Laminaria’s future and support the next stage of the technologies progress.”Roald Borré, Head of PMV’s Equity Investment team, added: “Laminaria has the potential to be a game-changer in the ocean energy field. The company has a clear technology development and product roadmap to become a provider of renewable energy products and services at a competitive cost in the long term.”The company has also been supported via the MaRINET2 call, allowing access to Plymouth University’s tank test facilities to optimize device’s control system, and via the Interreg NWE funded FORESEA program, partly supporting the full-scale test program at EMEC.Laminaria’s wave energy device falls under the attenuator type of wave energy converters, and is constituted from vertical surface that interacts with the incoming horizontal wave energy.As a result of the horizontal movement in the water, Laminaria’s device is subjected to tilting and translational motion, which is transferred through the mooring ropes to the generators which produce electricity. Real-sea trials on the scaled Laminaria wave energy device (Photo: Laminaria)last_img read more

Children’s Rights, or Rights to Children?

first_imgPublic Discourse 10 November 2014If it’s okay to buy and sell sperm, eggs, and wombs, then why is it not okay to sell other human tissues or organs? If it’s okay to sell one’s reproductive parts, why is it not okay to sell one’s sexual parts, as in prostitution? If it’s okay to pre-sell and pre-order children via third-party reproduction, what is so wrong with buying and selling children who are already born or conceived?….After founding The Anonymous Us Project nearly four years ago, I have read hundreds of stories from donor-conceived people, gamete donors, and involved parties. I’ve become well acquainted with the issue from several angles. And here is what I’m worried about when it comes to the new ways in which we’re bringing forth new life.Stories of Third-Party Reproduction Gone WrongHaving children is currently our only legal path to achieving both genetic and memetic immortality. But having kids isn’t easy. You have to find a mate. You have to look outside yourself and into the eyes of another person and convince him or her of your decency, your desirability.Third-party reproduction is not only used by the friendly, sympathetic infertile couples of our popular imagination. The cash-money market model of baby-making has opened the door to a broad consortium of terrifying players. Baby Gammy is just one example of how this new model serves predators first, children last. There are many more.Mitsutoki Shigeta is a Japanese multi-millionaire who recently made international headlines for commissioning sixteen children born via Thai surrogates. He housed the surrogates, along with his children and nannies, in several condos that functioned as holding camps. He apparently has a great deal of sperm stored and was planning to commission at least a dozen pregnancies every year for as long as he could. A family member of one of the surrogates reported that in the surrogacy contract it was stipulated that if the woman were to bear an “imperfect” child, she would be required to pay $24,000 to him, Mr. Shigeta, and raise the baby herself. She would be paid just under $12,000 for carrying and giving birth to a healthy, normal child.Then there is Nadya Suleman, the infamous Octomom. Nadya made headlines in 2009 after giving birth to octuplets born via sperm donation and IVF. Her story caused controversy, because Nadya already had six children and was living on public assistance at the time. She filed for bankruptcy in 2012, with over $1 million in personal debt. Around that same time, she released a porn video to help with her financial situation.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2014/11/13993/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=51d4892dac-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-51d4892dac-84094405last_img read more

21 ways to get over a bad breakup.

first_img 87 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleRelationships 21 ways to get over a bad breakup. by: – July 6, 2011center_img Share Share So your man said it’s over. Drop-kicked your relationship into the past tense. Wheel-barreled you into singledom and dumped you right back at the starting point. Left you feeling salty, sad, and slightly stupid.After you go through the obligatory motions that come with a destroyed love affair — waking up in the middle of the night just to cry, obsessively checking for the blinking message light on your BlackBerry, having mutual friends stake out his Facebook page for any signs of remorse — it’s time to pull it back together.  Actually, he couldn’t have done you more of a favor. The best time to get cut loose is in the summer, when shirtless cuties take up residence on the basketball court, jog through the park, and hang out in packs at outdoor events. Yep, like shooting fish in a barrel. There are plenty of other ways to rebound from a messy departure: 21. Go to karaoke night and rock out to a Pink or Alanis Morissette song.20. Take a foreign language class. You’ll be smarter and the ability to be bilingual is sexy. Your instructor might be, too.19. Hit the gym. No weapon of revenge is greater than a brickhouse body.18. Commemorate the dumped date as Personal Liberation Day and treat yourself to a gift.17. Call the ex that your former boo was always a little jealous of and flirt for 20 minutes, then end the conversation. He needn’t become a casualty of your recovery, but it’s just a little pick-you-up.16. Make a booklet of Mad Libs about your relationship, pass it out to your girlfriends, and crack yourselves up at the hilarious stories.15. Clean out your closet and donate items that he loved or outfits that hold special memories to charity. Then indulge in a shopping day to replace them.14. Go to the skating rink on a Saturday night with all of the middle schoolers and couples’ skate with your bestie.13. Log on to Hotwire or Expedia, pick the first city on the list with a hot deal — even if it’s somewhere you never had a desire to go to — and book a solo mini-vacation.12. Blog about the recovery process and find a surprising wealth of support in an online sisterhood.11. Erase his number. The finality of the gesture might hurt, but his contact info is just clutter in your phone. Poof. Be gone.10. Visit your favorite restaurant as a couple and create a new memory there with friends or family. Ask the chef to name something on the menu after you. Do something more special than you did there with him.9. Call the radio station and ask them to play a song you know he absolutely hated, then dance like a wild woman to it in your living room.  8. Take a day off work and do something that you kept asking him to do with you — visit a museum, take a day trip, go antiquing in the countryside, whatever — and have a ball by your darn self. He would’ve been dead weight anyway.7. Use your new free time to do good for someone else. Volunteer two evenings a week at a senior citizens’ home or a women’s shelter.6. Never, ever let his friends or family see you sweat. Even if you have to barf over your own phoniness afterward, slap on a glowing smile, stand up straight, and give them reason to report back to him that they bumped into you — and you looked fabulous.5. Become a happy hour assassin. Commit to talking to two new guys every time you go. Don’t feel obligated to exchange numbers or business cards. Just a few minutes of small talk to get back into the swing of flirtatious chit chat.4. Collect the stragglers he left at your place. Don’t sniff his sweatshirt. Don’t hold on to his toiletries. Put them in a dumpster and say deuces.3. Organize a diva’s fashion show with your friends at your favorite store. Splurge on one thing and then wear your find out to lunch a la the Sex and the City chicks.  2. Drop off of the social media scene for a while. It’ll eliminate the temptation to say something slick or sappy or just crazy, which only drags out the melodrama. Bitterness condensed into 240-character statuses is still bitterness.1. Start a swear jar — using his name as the swear word. Every time you mention him, obligate yourself to deposit change. His memory will get too pricey to hold on to.What’s been your tried-and-true remedy for getting over a breakup? by The_Stirlast_img read more

‘Handbags 4 Hope’ this weekend in Batesville

first_imgBatesville, In. — Tickets for the Handbags 4 Hope fundraiser for Safe Passage are limited, but there are still some available. The 6th annual event is Saturday, August 11 at Batesville Middle School.The event features a new and gently used purse auction, salad luncheon and a local domestic violence speaker, Dave Strouse, principal of the Batesville Middle School.Over 70 purses will be available, including brand names such as Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, Coach, Kate Spade, Dooney and Burke and Brahmin. New this year is a raffle table. Five dollar raffle tickets will be sold for the chance to win one of the 15 purses on the gently used display table.Doors open at 9:30 and the program runs until noon. The $8 tickets may be obtained before the event or a table of 6 reserved by contacting Safe Passage at 812 933 1990 or go online at www.safepassageinc.org  Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Safe Passage also welcomes guests to bring a salad to share, but it is not required.The members of the Community Church/Batesville are providing many volunteer hours to make the event possible.last_img read more