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Harley and Me: Walks, Rabbits and Architecture

Every morning Harley and I start the day together. I settle down for a cup of coffee and internet browsing, while Harley waits…okay, stares until I’m ready for his morning walk. The other day while walking, Harley was smiling and chasing rabbits from the golf course — which he never catches! — while I walked with my head down and arms crossed. Suddenly, I realized I was taking these precious moments for granted.

My trainer, Mark Becker, has an expression: “Open your eyes and really LOOK at the thing you are looking at.” Harley and I have walked our street hundreds of times, but yesterday, I decided to stop to really SEE and that’s when it hit me. I live on a really cool street! My educational background is in architecture, and there I was blindly walking past fabulous homes forgetting to appreciate how beautiful they are.

I live in the Indian Canyons neighborhood of Palm Springs. The Canyons are a golf-course community built in the 1960s. In fact, most of the homes were built by famed architect Stan Sackley; they feature low-slung rooflines, covered entryways, and unique architectural massing. Many people have experimented with color on Mr. Sackley’s homes. I think they look good no matter how you paint them — but I’m rather partial to the white houses, because they allow the sun and shadows to create different colors.

Coincidentally, Stan Sackley is the architectural influence behind the property that has become The Christopher Kennedy Compound.

Here are some of the homes from our walk:

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