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Trish Duggan Art


Trish Duggan was born in Arlington, Virginia. She spent a large portion of her school years in California where she established a wonderful relationship with her high school art teacher, Mr Yoshio Nakamura. They maintain communication today—nearly 50 years later. It was his validation and acceptance and constant encouragement that helped her spark her lifelong passion for art.

Trish’s art has been influenced by her travels to many diverse parts around the world. Her primary influence was established in Asia where she attended a university in Japan where she studied the art of wood-block printmaking. She had previously studied printmaking at the UCSB and later attended UCLA.

Trish firmly believes that one day, St. Petersburg could be comparable to Murano, the center of glass art in Italy. St. Petersburg will be a center for glass creativity, mentoring, learning, sharing and eventually acquiring a finer appreciation of the development, history and process of glass art.

Trish is married to Bob Duggan. In their early years together, they were very active in their former home community of Santa Barbara. Both she and Bob attended the University of California Santa Barbara and decided to give back to their college through a number of athletic grants that supported the school’s NCAA champion soccer team. In addition they were responsible for donating Chairs in Biochemistry and Tibetan Buddhism. They also provided the UCSB library with a dedicated room with 5,000 Buddhist Sutras.

The Duggan’s have also been involved with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. During this time, she has had the opportunity to travel to Tibet with Susan Tai, the Curator of Oriental art. She was also able to acquire an extensive collection of contemporary oriental art through her friendship with Irene Drori, the former curator of the Felix Judah Collection.

Along with her husband, she has contributed to the Santa Barbara Symphony. She was on the Woman’s Board of Directors and chaired the Symphony Ball for two consecutive years. They were also in charge of celebrating America’s Bicentennial while President Reagan enjoyed his home in the Santa Barbara area.  Along with the symphony program featuring Lincoln’s Address and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, she invited diverse artists to highlight American themed artworks.

Trish Duggan has also been the President of the Santa Barbara Adoption Support Group which met monthly at Cottage Hospital. The group’s mission was to inform and encourage others to adopt both in the United States and abroad. Trish and her husband enjoy biological as well as adopted children.

The Art & Science Vaastu Shastra

scopeIn Vedic astrology, nine planets are considered to guide the destiny of a person. In Vaastu shastra these same nine planets are considered to be ruling over every building we live in or work in. Each one of them has been assigned a direction. East is ruled by Sun, South-East by Venus, South by Mars, South-West by Rahu, West by Saturn, North-West by Moon, North by Mercury and the North-East by Jupiter and Ketu. In strict sense Sun, Moon, Rahu and Ketu are not planets, but that is the way our ancients considered them when the concepts and principles of Indian Vedic Astrology were being formed. Rahu and Ketu are the astrologically sensitive nodal points and are created due to the intersection of Moons orbit with the Ecleptic at two places. The nine planets impart their characteristics to the direction they rule over . For instance, Sun is the significator of learning, health, opportunities in life, creativity, progress, eyes, father , heart and cardiac problems. If the east direction of a dwelling is afflicted than a corresponding affliction will definitely take place in some or all the significations for which Sun stands for. Look around and examine those houses which do not have an open east or a window or a door in east or those which have been built with no open land in east. You are more likely to find a poor life style, cardiac problems to the head of the family, poor academic performance of the children and general health problems. Similarly, the North and its ruling planet Mercury signify business, finances, intelligence, lady of the house, prosperity etc. A north direction ground level or the built up area higher than the corresponding south direction features will result in the affliction of the north. If the north-west is extended in the plot towards the north direction, it means that the north will now be depressed and thus afflicted. Residents of such a house will have perpetual financial struggle at their hands, failures in business enterprise, sickly lady of the house, more than usual obstacles in day to day life.

So that the residents enjoy the benefic influences of the nine planets, it is necessary that all the four directions and the four corners of the plot of land should be in place, none missing due to a depression. If any corner of a plot is extended than it results in a corresponding depression in some other direction. For instance, if the south-east corner of a plot is extended towards the east direction, than both the east direction and the north-east corner will be depressed and considered as missing in this plot of land. This is as much true for a house on own land as it is for an apartment in a high rise building.  Such an affliction of the East and North-East would lead to a drastic decrease in the benefic influences of the planets Sun (east) and Jupiter (north-east) on the life of the residents, specially the head of the family and his elder son. There could even be a serious mental or physical handicap to the male members.

This leads us to the very first question of a configuration of a Vaastu friendly plot, what should its shape be? A plot that has all the corners and main directions fully available is the geometric shape of a rectangular or a square. No other geometric shape qualifies for this perfection and thus will always lack in one or more benefic influences. Therefore in North India most houses are built on rectangular shaped plots. The unfortunate consequences of a missing N-E corner have a very high repeatability This is true for a flat or a house. Either the head of the family or his eldest son will suffer the negative influences. The timing of such negative influences concides with the dasha and transit of the malefic planets as dictated in their respective horoscopes.

In Vedic astrology, Jupiter has been called the benefic par excellence.Where well placed, it can single handedly negate many malefic influences of the horoscope. Such are the beneficent qualities of Jupiter. This Jupiter when not appropriately placed or afflicted in the horoscope denies to the native its benevolence and can cause untold miseries. Similar is the situation in case of a missing N-E corner in Vaastu. Since N-E  corner is ruled by Jupiter it plays an important role  in the well being of the occupants of any building. Bed room here will cause serious health and career problems to the family member using this bed room. Kitchen and toilet in N-E are amongst the most serious affliction and always result in all round deterioration of the complete family. It will be in the interest of the occupants to carefully protect the N-E corner, keep it light and clean to the extent that it is kept pure. No dust bins are allowed in this corner. Best is to keep your Puja in this area of your house. And why not, after all the diety that rules over this direction is none other than Lord Siva. Brought to you by food catering, thanks for reading! 

The Appeal of Clay Chimney Pots

clay chimney potsSometimes when you’re driving around you come upon a home with a unique shaped chimney. What exactly is that thing? Well it is called a Clay Chimney Pot. They used to be pivotal to all chimneys for ventilation purposes. That was way back when the chimney first appeared on the scene.

Back in the 1300s Europeans decided they had enough of burning down homes. The former method of cooking was to just have a big old whole in the roof of your wooden dwelling.  An unknown genius came up with the idea to draft the hot fire through a masonry flue. This gradually evolved into brick chimneys. By the 1500s, a period now referred to as the golden age of Brick work, the clay chimney pot was dominating the scene.

A clay chimney pot essentially increases airflow for a better draft. Airflow within the chimney bellows out of the home in a more desirable manner. You can see the nitty-gritty of how clay chimney pots work at buddingco.com.

During the Victorian era the pots took on elaborate gingerbread looking styles. Each decade’s model seemed to outdo the last. Around the 1930’s Chimney pots tapered off as they were no longer essential to home construction. Oil furnaces vent differently and made them obsolete. But around the 1990’s homeowners felt a surge of nostalgia for the decorative tops.

Chimney pots are once again a source of great conversation as well as historical preservation. From first glance the sticker price on a pot may seem high compared to a metal square top. Do not be fooled this is not something you buy everyday. Put some thought into your chimney. This simple fixture will add a great deal of curb appeal to your home and increase property values dramatically.

Installation is rather easy once the clay top is on the roof. The tricky part is getting this substantial piece of terracotta up on your roof. Do not carry a chimney pot up a latter by yourself. Professional masons carry the chimney pots up on scaffolding for a reason. To secure the pot you just glue the edges around the extruding flue. Make sure to size your flue accordingly it would be disaster to buy a chimney pot to small for your flue – there is nothing that you can do!

Now chimney pots come in many different styles from a simple medieval cottage all the way up to ornate fixtures destined for a palace or museum. Many homes have more than one to give a grand estate feel to their property.  You will see that pots are available in clay, copper, and steel too. The clay is the authentic look but the other models look nice too. No matter what style you choose you will be happy. Upgrade your chimney it will really heat up your home’s value.