Mansion Moomin

Breaking Moulds

I spend about 1/3 of my time in a mansion. Eight hours, to be precise, on your average workday. On those inevitable days when I’m feeling down or discouraged about work, I have only to remind myself:

“Janelle, you have a private corner office in a 100-year-old mansion. The grass couldn’t possibly be greener anywhere else.”

I could describe it to you in detail – the red brick that wraps around the outside walls, the looming tower on the northeast corner, the angles of the faded green copper roof. It’s the sort of place that was built to look nice, not to be practical. The mansion, built by a lumber baron, is filled inside with rich wood tones, a different wood in each room. Dark walnuts, light pines, warm cedars, intricately carved by experts brought in from Sweden for the project. Seven fireplaces sit unlit throughout the house, each with a different…

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