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Cluster of Black Dwellings Grouped Around a Central Courtyard: House in Colbost
Collect this idea Envisioned by Glasgow-based firm Dualchas Architects, House in Colbust is a project located on Waternish, a peninsula on the island of Skye, Scotland. According to the architects, its design is “directly
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Cabin-Style Refuge Mirroring a Perfect Landscape: Saturna Island Retreat
Collect this idea Located on an oceanfront property in British Columbia, Canada, the Saturna Island Retreat is a a contemporary getaway providing comfort on many levels. The cabin-style residence discovered on Sotheby’s
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Peaceful Rock River House Neighboring a Forest Reserve in Illinois, USA
Collect this idea Rock River House in Rockton, Illinois, USA is a modern residence completed by Bruns Architecture in a scenic environment. The new building is located near the bend of a meandering river and next to a
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Inspiring Display of Natural Textures: Nairn Road Residence in Dorset, England
Collect this idea Designed by David James Architects in Dorset, England, Nairn Road Residence displays a sober modern exterior appearance. The blend of stone, render, glass and aluminium making up the street facade creates
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Fresh Canadian Home Renovation Inviting Light Inside
Collect this idea Springtime brings about not only seasonal changes, but opportunities for home renovation projects. Canada’s season changes are better enjoyed from a home that carries an old charm while flaunting
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Vintage Looking Noveltree Bookshelf Ladder Inspired by Classic Libraries
Collect this idea Inspired by classic libraries which often hold towering high shelves to store the vast amount of old literature, the Noveltree by Nieuwe Heren is our star design project for the day. The books that are
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Surprising Modern Deronda Residence Located Just Below the Hollywood Sign
Collect this idea Deronda Residence is an imposing family home located near the apex of Beachwood Canyon, in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, California. According to the architects at Space International, the project
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Connecting Three Historic Dwellings with a Modern Extension: Inspiring House in Vexin
Collect this idea Recently completed by French architect Jean-Philippe Doré, House in Vexin is an inspiring project that connects three historic homes with a modern extension. One of the main challenges was to renovate
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Hidden Illustrations Revealed Under UV Lighting by Canada’s Newest Passport Designs
Collect this idea For those interested in design and its infinite possibilities, have a look at these Canadian passports and their surprising security feature! Canada’s newest passport designs may look common at a first
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Bright Two-Room Apartment in Sweden Exhibiting an Interesting Modern Layout
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Why energy efficiency is the fifth fuel 24 January 2015, 00.25 Living
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Friendly Leaning Loop Multi-Purpose Organizer Helps Declutter Your Home
Collect this idea There is something charming about this Leaning Loop organizer envisioned by Jason van der Burg of Urbanworm Design. Inspired by “a small place with a messy problem”, the designer created a
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What French Interiors Can Teach Us About Decorating
Collect this idea There is always a touch of casual grace and eclecticism within French designs. Image Source: Suzann Kletzien It is common knowledge that the French have a special je ne sais quoi when it comes to
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Re-Framing Family Life in Updated Victorian Terrace House
Collect this idea When re-framing your lifestyle, a new architectural language soon follows. Sometimes it’s adding or subtracting furniture, other times it’s adding and altering the architecture of the home itself. In
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Elliptical-Shaped Residence in Spain with a Futuristic Character: Balint House
Collect this idea Fran Silvestre Arquitectos completed the design and development of Balint House, a modern elliptical-shaped residence in Valencia, Spain. The volume neighbors a golf course and is placed leaving as
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Most Expensive Residence in Beverly Hills Purchased by the Creator of Minecraft
Collect this idea Located on a promontory in the high-end Trousdale Estates neighborhood, this bewildering 23,000 square-foot residence is officially the most expensive residence in Beverly Hills. The “1181 N Hillcrest
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Baby hurricane forms over Lake Erie 08 January 2015, 00.13 Living
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Do Mars rover photos show signs of fossilized life?
Various features on Mars bear a resemblance to features on Earth, but scientists would need soil samples to understand their origins. A careful study of images taken by the NASA rover Curiosity has revealed intriguing
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10 new laws for the new year 08 January 2015, 00.13 Living
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This rare bumble bee is a 'ghost in the making' 08 January 2015, 00.13 Living
This rare bumble bee is a 'ghost in the making'
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Paper Mill Converted Into Contemporary Loft in Anduze, France
Collect this idea French architectural firm Planet Studio sent us photos and information of the Labahou project, a paper mill the architects converted into a contemporary loft on a budget of €100,000. The 1,830 square
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Narrow Manhattan Townhouse Parading Vertical Design
Collect this idea Surprising the eye with a contemporary approach to facade design, this eye-catching urban townhouse in New York re-imagines Manhattan’s  typically narrow infill plot. Designed by GLUCK Partners, the
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Panoramic Dream Home in Lichtenstein Gathering Thrilling Views
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Striking Wellness&Bathroom Design Merger: New Spa Suite by Alberto Apostoli
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10 Ways To Create Your Own Meditation Room 26 December 2014, 02.50 Living
10 Ways To Create Your Own Meditation Room
Collect this idea Imagine having a room in your home that heals your mind, body and soul? A meditation room will give you a place to participate in daily yoga, chants, and meditation without interruption. Image Source:
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Meet 2014's top 10 cutest animals in science 26 December 2014, 02.50 Living
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World View captures spectacular sunrise with high-altitude balloon
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Active sun unleashes massive solar flare 26 December 2014, 02.50 Living
Active sun unleashes massive solar flare
The X-class solar flare sparked a high-frequency radio blackout over Australia and the South Pacific. By: Tariq Malik, SPACE.com Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM A powerful X1.8-class solar flare erupts from the sun on
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NASA unveils satellite's 1st CO2 map of Earth 26 December 2014, 02.50 Living
NASA unveils satellite's 1st CO2 map of Earth
Scientists are hoping to compile the most complete picture to date of how carbon dioxide is distributed, both geographically and seasonally. This map, pieced together with data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, shows
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NASA black hole telescope snaps dazzling shot of the sun
The dark matter-seeking spacecraft turned its X-ray vision onto the sun to study nanoflares and the sun's surface temperature. The first image of the sun captured by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), which
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How to see the Ursid meteor shower peak tonight 26 December 2014, 02.50 Living
How to see the Ursid meteor shower peak tonight
Since the moon just entered a new phase, its light shouldn't detract from watching meteors in the sky. December is usually marked by a series of meteor showers. Geminid meteors (like the one seen in this picture of Florida)
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Another Dust Bowl? California drought resembles worst in 1,000 years
A high-pressure ridge that blocks rain storms has been present each time California has suffered through an intense drought. By planting crops that lacked drought resistance, farmers during the Dust Bowl encouraged 'black
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Bear cub rescued from California dumpster 19 October 2014, 22.26 Living
Bear cub rescued from California dumpster
Wildlife officials in Pasadena first had to scare off the cub's mother to perform a safe rescue, but don't worry — there's a happy ending to this story. Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 02:50 PM After a long day in Pasadena,
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How to safely watch the upcoming partial solar eclipse
Solar eclipses can be dangerous to gaze upon, so make sure you have the correct filters for your telescopes or a viewing box. By: Geoff Gaherty, Starry Night Education for SPACE.com Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 01:43 PM A
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Terrifying tornado clusters on the rise 19 October 2014, 22.26 Living
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Despite the rise in back-to-back tornado incidences, the annual number of tornadoes has held steady. The intensity of tornadoes may be getting an assist from climate change (Photo: NOAA) Tornadoes are touching down in
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Bizarre sounds from frozen lake explained 19 October 2014, 22.26 Living
Bizarre sounds from frozen lake explained
The same physics that created the sounds of laser bolts in 'Star Wars' are responsible for the 'pew pew' sound of rocks skipping on an icy lake. Cory Williams reacts to the bizarre sound of a rock hitting a frozen lake. (Photo:
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El Nino versus the polar vortex: Which will rule winter?
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Live/Work Conversion Loft in San Francisco With Vaulted Concrete Ceilings
Collect this idea Concrete is not usually associated with a warm and welcoming home. In today’s post, we will try to demonstrate that with proper inspiration and decorating skills, beautiful things can occur. This
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Handcrafted Origami-Inspired Lampshade Adding a Stylish Touch Where Needed
Collect this idea Portugal-based studio blaanc borderless architecture shared photos and information regarding one of their latest works. Orikomi is a lightweight lampshade, made of high quality paper and carefully
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Vivid Ambiance Cleverly Achieved in Small Apartment Near Saint Petersburg
Collect this idea Welcome to a cheerful small apartment envisioned by Geometrium and located in Lensovetovskij, a village near Saint Petersburg, Russia. The crib was especially developed for a young couple who requested
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Intriguing Dear O’ Deer Planter Re-Shaping Perception of Everyday Things
Collect this idea Delhi based duo Re-culture recently presented Dear O’ Deer, an intriguing ceramic planter that works on the juxtaposition of the dead and the living. The plant grows outwards from a ceramic deer skull
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10 Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes in Interior Design
Collect this idea Have you made a massive decorating mistake without even realizing it? There are a lot of common mistakes to avoid. Image Source: Marcel Page Photography It happens to everyone— you are shopping and
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Ingenious Modern Makeover Reviving Malay Urban Heritage
Collect this idea With elegance and grace, a modern makeover can bring back the focus on living rather than preserving. And not just any kind of living. Owners of this remarkably renovated Peranakan shophouse in Singapore
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Your Luffa Sponge Paved the Way to Modern 3D Acoustic Tiles
Collect this idea What do you get when you mix a natural material used in a new way with a conscious choice of saving the eco-system? You get that distinctive feeling of being part of the solution, instead of the
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Expansive Rotterdam Market Hall Shaped Like A Giant Horse Shoe by MVRDV
Collect this idea From nine o’clock in the morning, until eight o’clock in the evening, the inhabitants of Rotterdam will have a chance to evaluate fresh food and other goodies inside a new massive arch-shaped venue.
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What is a LEED Certified Home? 08 October 2014, 23.45 Living
What is a LEED Certified Home?
Collect this idea Is a LEED home right for you? Image Source: Jeffers Design Group LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program for green building. There are numerous levels and
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14 Inspiring Custom-Built Modern Cat Houses Revealed at LA Fundraising Event
Collect this idea All cat lovers out there will be pleased to see sculptural, artistic modern cat houses that not only provide their furry little pets with shelter and climbing fun, but also decorate modern
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Newfound S. American predator snacked on tiny dinos
The two-legged species is the first predatory dinosaur unearthed in Venezuela. An artist's illustration of the Tachiraptor admirabilis chasing after the herbivorous dinosaur Laquintasaura. A puma-sized predatory dinosaur that
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'Blood Moon' photos: Total lunar eclipse thrills skywatchers and photographers
The next total lunar eclipse is in April 2015, so you have time to get your cameras ready! The spectacular 'blood moon' total lunar eclipse of Oct. 8 is captured by photographer John W. Johnson of the Omaha Astronomical Society
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Typhoon Vongfong is 2014's most powerful storm 08 October 2014, 23.44 Living
Typhoon Vongfong is 2014's most powerful storm
Current forecasts have the storm weakening before it reaches Japan, which will be a relief as parts of the country are still recovering from Typhoon Phanfone. By: Becky Oskin, LiveScience Wed, Oct 08, 2014 at 10:48
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Court could decide if chimpanzees are legal persons
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Alaska volcano blanketed Europe in ash 1,200 years ago
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BBC celebrates the 'glory and wonder of nature' 08 October 2014, 23.44 Living
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New website pulls together award-winning video, photos and stories and kickstarts the conversation about a topic that never ceases to amaze: Earth. Known worldwide for its spectacular, award-winning nature documentaries like
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Why You’ll Fall In Love With The Green Architecture Trend
Collect this idea Sustainable architecture is becoming more and more accessible to the residential market. Image Via: Duket Architects Planners A few decades ago, the concept of sustainable architecture was reserved for
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Scandinavian Apartment Jazzed Up By Industrial Design Elements
Collect this idea We got used to Swedish homes displaying unassuming comfortable decors, with a cheerful vibe throughout. Comparing to what we usually publish, this Scandinavian apartment is downright “irreverent”. It
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New Wooden House Extending Living Outdoors Salutes Modern Family Life
Collect this idea A new wooden house can invoke the fascination of rural life while compacting all the necessities of a modern family life within a sequence of spaces. Living in the city often means dreaming about a
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Enchanting Farmhouse Design in the Heart of Texas by Magnolia Homes
Collect this idea Chip and Joanna from Magnolia Homes shared photos of their home with readers worldwide, which is how we found out about this enchanting farmhouse in Texas, United States. After moving from one dwelling to
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Luminous 3 Bedroom Apartment Flaunting Modern Scandinavian Style
Collect this idea How do you choose your 3 bedroom apartment design? Maybe you fell in love with the modern Scandinavian style and that’s exactly why this apartment will inspire you. Beautifully distributed, the interior
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Lovely Range of Themed Children’s Beds Mixing Fun, Play and Rest
Collect this idea Balancing fun and rest, these new children’s beds from Danish company Lifetime are a treat. The collection below features special themes ranging from pirates and princesses to Morrocan style materials and
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Stylish Open-Plan Apartment in Taipei Showcasing Futuristic Design Ideas
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Stylish Modern Ranch in the Hollywood Hills Exuding a Welcoming Feel
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10 Reasons You Should Use Sustainable Building Materials
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If we are all co-dependents now, what is America’s turn-around? *

BY DAVID RICKEY — Marriages, mortgages, and just-missed connections. In the annals of clinical psychology, the term “Co-Dependence” describes a relationship between 2 people where the well-being of one is perceived as dependent on the well-being of the other.

In other words: “I can’t be happy unless you are happy.” The subconscious subtext: “Your happiness ought to be secondary to my happiness.”

America’s narrative about itself reflects individualism, autonomy — and what Mel Gibson in the movie, Braveheart — and Ronald Reagan in office called, “freedom.”

The young Americans who occupy the Occupy movement say that they are neither politically nor economically free. And psychologists and spiritual teachers say that we are even less so, spiritually-speaking.

In fact, we are among the most codependent people on earth  both collectively and individually.

We can’t live without our music, movies, mobile devices, lovers, addictions  . . .

And as a group, we sure as hell can’t live like this without China  that is, the cheap goods in Walmart and Walgreens, or the daily $2 billion in cash that Chinese entrepreneurs and officials transfer here each day to finance our debts.

Are we individualists, or simply self-interested?

“Individualism” is actually self-gratification: “My happiness is all that matters, and others exist merely to insure and support my well-being.”

Look at individuals like Lehman’s Dick Fuld and AIG’s perfect tiny prick and “W” fundraiser, Hank Greenburg. People who propelled the 2008 financial crisis were primarily focused on their own profit in complete disregard of the effect of their intent on others — or what Greg Mankiw, Harvard professor and W’s ex-economic guru dubbed, an externality.

Micro-finance pioneer, on the other hand, Mohammad Yunus created a model called ”social business” that commits itself to positive externalities. Yunus argues that successful enterprises aren’t driven by generating a profit but by generating a social good or an improvement in psychic well-being. His modest proposal: end poverty globally.

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The spiritual analog is that we are not really discreet, separate individuals. We are an organism that participate in a common fabric of being that we call consciousness.

The evolution of Consciousness has created human beings who are capable of self-reflection. This has given rise to an illusion of separateness, when its purpose was to evolve the ability to choose beyond instinctual responses. We now have the task of consciously recognizing our co-dependence on each other and on our environment so that we can make wiser choices that benefit the whole organism.

Michael Douglas says Gordon Gekko was wrong: Greed is not Good

The Karmic feedback we are now experiencing is “merely” the teaching we need to recognize the deeper truth of our co-dependence.

It is now painfully clear that no one’s actions are independent of others. Greed, Hoarding, exploitation of the surroundings, including other people, are instinctual needs, governed by “The survival of the fittest”.

When anyone seeks to meet only their own instinctual needs the consequence is that others invariably suffer. However the lesson we are being forced to learn is this: “My more spiritual needs can only be met when I focus my concern on the needs of others.”

David Rickey is an Episcopal priest and psychotherapist. His columns share real-life advice about relationships, personal purpose, and a deep-reading of prophets and contemporary seers. Follow David on Twitter.

 * Editor’s note:  We owe attribution to former U.S. president Richard Nixon (January, 1969 -- August, 1974) for the phrase in the headline. In 1971 he confessed, “I am now a Keynesian,” after his administration abandoned the gold standard. Variations of Nixon’s quote are cited today by conservatives like 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul as an example of how Republicans have compromised economic policy and principles.

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