Summary of “Still Life”

When it arrived fifteen minutes later, John was still on the ground, his body strangely still.
At the end of the song, they turned to look at the motionless John, who was smiling at his mother, cheerfully telling her she still sang off-key.
The photos of John in his football uniform were still on the wall, and his clothes from high school, including his jersey, his bell-bottom jeans, and his loud, patterned shirts with oversized collars, were still in the closet.
Ann was then in her late seventies, and she was still maintaining her daily schedule, changing John’s catheter, cleaning his bottom, and turning him every couple hours, refusing any help.
“To Mom, still kicking,” John said as she opened her present, a small bottle of perfume that Henry had bought at Dillard’s.
Five years later, on her eighty-seventh birthday, Henry again brought home takeout enchiladas and a bag of red licorice, and John again said, “To Mom, still kicking.”
John’s schoolmate Jeff Whitman, a prominent Dallas eye surgeon, came straight from a hospital, still wearing his scrubs, and Dave Carter, the former Hillcrest swimming coach, who had named his dog after John, already had tears in his eyes when he walked into the sanctuary.
In March, a year after John’s death, Henry still hadn’t accepted any offers to sell.

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Summary of “Tiny houses are marketed as a housing solution, but I hate mine”

Tiny houses are marketed as a housing solution, but I hate mine.
Small backyard houses get a lot of attention as a solution to the housing crisis, but it’s a different idea in theory than it is when you try to put it into practice.
In built-up cities with little extra land and residents who fight development, adding tiny cottages in backyards is one way to help address the housing shortage.
I also question how well tiny homes make sense as a solution for long-term housing-and in some cases, as in the even tinier houses sometimes used as housing for people experiencing homelessness, I wonder if they can sometimes distract from other, more systemic solutions that are necessary.
A few miles away from me, a village of 8-by-10-foot tiny houses on wheels is under construction for homeless youth, with a separate communal kitchen and communal bathrooms.
While there’s no official definition for a tiny house, they’re generally said to be around 500 or fewer square feet, making my place somewhat medium-size as far as tiny houses go.
Startups have also tried to speed up adoption, from Cover, which makes custom designs affordable, to Node, which builds tiny homes in factories to reduce construction cost, to Rent the Backyard, which gives homeowners a free tiny house in exchange for a cut of the rent.
We need more solutions, including different housing tech that can lower construction costs and salaries that are in line with the cost of living, and tiny houses, while cute, can’t fix those issues alone.

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Summary of “Outrage at the family making $350,000 but “struggling” doesn’t help anyone.”

If you live in a house, your children likely go to a better school than the public school available to the children who live here.
So the question is, at $1.4 million, how much should a family earn, in salary, to afford this home? This smallish home, zoned for a below-average school, in a neighborhood that is not unsafe but is much less safe than other neighborhoods in the city.
70 for food PER DAY$400 for clothes PER MONTH$650 for vacation PER MONTH$500 for entertainment PER MONTH. These people aren’t struggling.
Take the food budget: $70 per day for a family of four works out to less than $6 per meal per person.
Try living on $14k/yr SSDI!- Rachel Wolf October 1, 2019 It should be noted that there is no actual family chronicled here.
The source is a blogger named Sam Dogen who constructed a supposed ledger as “An example budget of a dual-income household with two kids.” Dogen, who blogs at a site called Financial Samurai, told me he modeled it after “An aspirational budget that I would consider having if I have two kids and stayed in San Francisco, where I’ve lived since 2001.” He came up with the $350,000 family salary based on a recent report indicating that the median home in San Francisco would require a minimum salary of $343,420.
No amount of real anger at a fake budget will change the reality that housing prices in many places are so high that, yes, if you’re not making what seems to be an obscene amount of money, you can’t afford to live what has long been the definition of a middle-class existence.
Could our fictional family move to Muskegon, Michigan, instead of living in an expensive city? Sure.

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Summary of “When the Former Maid Stephanie Land Hired a Maid Herself”

“How much do you usually charge?” I asked, knowing I’d pay her more.
I’d already picked up the kitchen as much as I could, putting away all the dishes and clutter.
I’d grimaced at the thought of scrubbing it, even though that’s exactly what I had asked someone else to do.
As Michelle walked into the kitchen, I fumbled through the story of hurting my back, and Michelle nodded, knowingly, and told me about her herniated disks.
Michelle nodded and walked toward the front door to get more supplies.
I remembered what it was like to talk to a client in the position Michelle was in: on her knees, looking up at a person the same age or younger who has hired you to clean a huge house by yourself, and I told her so, asking her if she needed anything.
“Oh, my daughter would love to read that! She wants to be a writer,” Michelle said.
By the time I saw Michelle again to do a walk-through at my old house, it was the third day I’d been able to walk more than a few feet, and I told her so.

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Summary of “Custodians of a Ghostly Campus Legacy”

The door guarding Croft Chapter House, the circular room at the southwest corner of University College, is still scarred by the heavy blow.
We ascended to the first floor and headed to the Croft Chapter House, or the roundhouse, the building whose chimney flue is adorned by Reznikoff and Diabolos’ carved likenesses, whose door carries the mark of the big man’s maul.
We didn’t turn our investigation on its head for a moment to recount the story of the custodian ghost of Hart House, a building connected to University College on the east side by a structure called Soldiers’ Tower.
Our investigation led to Hart House when we were shown a locked, ornately painted steel door, hidden behind a locked wooden door, in the basement of University College.
According to custodial lore, behind that locked door there is a tunnel to Hart House.
Hart House houses, among other things, the Hart House Theatre.
Hart House Theatre, as Paul tells the story, had been in the care of a custodian named Burt in the 1950s.
Paul began working in Hart House in 1981, and was the production manager at Hart House Theatre in the late 1990s.

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Summary of “A Brutal Murder, a Wearable Witness, and an Unlikely Suspect”

A 10-minute drive from the deli, Adele and Dominic Navarra lived with their two children, Stephen and Karen, in a ranch house in a subdivision called Warner Heights.
Lavoie said Karen’s brother, Stephen, was the outgoing one-much like their “Jovial, larger than life” dad-while Karen took after Adele.
Karen studied science at nearby San Jose State University for three years, moved into her own apartment, and became a pharmacy tech at a regional hospital.
“If Karen had even thought about having a future with a family, after that, I think she really wanted to take care of her mom and dad.” Dominic died in 1996.
About a decade later, Karen inherited her grandmother’s home on Terra Noble Way.
A few years later, in 2010, Adele married Tony in a City Hall ceremony, and Adele moved into Tony’s place, a cream-colored house with a garden of basil and tomato plants.
The Aiellos were living in Silicon Valley, but Adele said she only knew a little about computers and Tony said he knew “Zero.” A four-bedroom ranch house that was once a first step into the middle class sells for more than $1 million.
According to Adele, Karen used to say she was “The loner of the family,” her life revolving around work and home, where she cared for her cats and grew roses in her yard.

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Summary of “Crown Jewel: How Olivia Colman Is Reinventing Superstardom”

Colman and Sinclair met as young actors in Cambridge: He was at the university, and she was living in the town, working as a house cleaner, a job she loved.
Cleaning houses let her stay in town, crashing lectures, and, on a whim, auditioning for student-theater productions.
Colman worked as a temp and cleaner in London while Sinclair finished his Cambridge degree; when he went on to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, she followed him, still smitten, assuming that she wasn’t drama-school material herself.
As he brought friends by for dinner Colman found she loved hearing about their work at school.
It has become an irresistible irony that Colman, the house cleaner who tagged along to Bristol with her drama-school boyfriend, is now the family’s star actor and its lead breadwinner, too.
In a notoriously peripatetic profession, Colman has remained close to home; Them That Follow, filmed in Ohio, was her first production in America, and her two weeks on set was the longest she has spent away from her family.
It’s partly on account of her family that Colman does less theater than she used to-a loss in the eyes of many.
A theatrical run, which provides off-time during the day, is great when there’s a baby in the house, Colman explains, but now that her kids span between kindergarten age and the early teens, it keeps her from tucking them into bed-a ritual she cherishes.

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Summary of “How Cleaning Out My Hoarder Mother-in-Law’s Junk Caused My Own Marriage to Crumble”

There’s a snapshot Aiden took of me a few days after our wedding on Christmas Eve, 2009.
I wished so much that I could have met Ruth, my mother in law.
“That’s for the dogs,” Aiden explains, as if it makes perfect sense.
Back in the den I find Aiden crouched down, frowning at the heaps of crud that we’ve hacked out of the floor.
The whole process has been traumatic for Aiden, and to what end? We’ve filled one corner of the dumpster, which means we’ve thrown away the equivalent of about one closet’s worth of stuff.
“I’m remodeling, so everything’s kind of up in the air,” Aiden had told me months before, the first time I saw where he lived: before it became where we lived.
Aiden urges patience as he keeps accumulating tools and crates and building materials salvaged from neighborhood trash cans.
Without consulting me, Aiden adopts two dogs, which are never housebroken.

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Summary of “‘We May Have to Shoot Down This Aircraft'”

Dick Cheney: My Secret Service agent said, “Sir, we have to leave now.” He grabbed me and propelled me out of my office, down the hall and into the underground shelter in the White House.
Dick Cheney: A few moments later, I found myself in a fortified White House command post somewhere down below.
The Pentagon thought there was another hijacked airplane, and they were asking for permission to shoot down an identified hijacked commercial aircraft.
Major General Larry Arnold: I told Rick Findley in Colorado Springs , “Rick, we have to have permission. We may have to shoot down this aircraft that is coming toward Washington, D.C. We need presidential authority.”
The scrambled fighter jets would never make contact with Flight 93-the passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 passengers were planning, at the same time, to take the plane down themselves.
As we were putting on our flight gear in the life support shop, Sass looked at me and said, “I’ll ram the cockpit.” I made the decision I would take the tail off the aircraft.
Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney: Sass and I fully expected to intercept Flight 93 and take it down.
Alice Ann Hoglan, mother of Mark Bingham, passenger, United Flight 93: The uniqueness of Flight 93 is that it was in the air longer than the other flights.

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Summary of “Home Sweet Homer: The Strange Saga of the Real-Life Simpsons House in Nevada”

Photo courtesy of Fox.At first glance, the two-story stucco house located on Red Bark Lane in Henderson, Nevada, looks very much the same as the neighboring homes located in the South Valley Ranch community.
Once upon a time, the house on Red Bark Lane wasn’t just another address in a sprawling suburban development: It was originally built as a nearly exact three-dimensional replica of 742 Evergreen Terrace, the Springfield residence of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson.
Working on a short schedule, architects and builders de-fictionalized the home featured in The Simpsons for a 1997 giveaway that was intended to leave one lucky fan with the ultimate in cartoon memorabilia.
“We essentially disguised a regular tract home to look like The Simpsons home,” Gonzalez says.
“You had the choice of either the house or a cash prize, but the cash was substantially less than the value of the house.”
“We were the fun home builder instead of the production home builder,” Gonzalez says.
Giving the home a makeover hasn’t deterred Simpsons fans from taking a pilgrimage there.
Kaufman and Broad briefly considered doing a house based on The Grinch Who Stole Christmas; Woodley, who was not a regular viewer of the series, continues to be surprised by the attention The Simpsons receives.

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