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    the mentor

    dawn m trimble
    Aug 28, '13 9:11 AM EST

    "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin


    There are movies we watch that mean different things to us at different moments in our lives.  In watching them you come to realize something new and different - either about the movie or you, or both.  Most recently I re-watched the Karate Kid in its entirety.  The first few times I saw the movie I understood it to be about a coming-of-age young man learning how to stand up for himself.  This last time I watched it, because of where I am in my life, I "watched" from the perspective of Mr. Miyagi.

    What was interesting about watching from this perspective is that we, the viewers, only know Mr. Miyagi as the karate master to Daniel ("Danielson") - we aren't privy to anything in his life.  As the movie progresses, we come to understand that Mr. Miyagi has suffered a great deal of pain and loss. It dawned on me that even though Mr. Miyagi suffered a personally, he never let his own personal history negatively  affect the passion and knowledge he extended to Daniel.  In every sense of the word, Mr. Miyagi was a mentor.

    When I was about 15 years old and knew I wanted a career in architecture and design, I wrote to the only african-american female achitect I knew of at the time.

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Comprehensive design at its best can be quite a sensual experience – calling attention to sight, sound and touch. I believe the best designers are generalists and agile in their approach to design. At the same time, they are connoisseurs of things that are of particular interest to them. seamless is a blog intended to document my investigation towards the type of practice I want to build: a practice where the lines of architecture and interior design are blurred or, shall I say it? seamless..

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