Life in the Sun House
Thank you to Andrew Nemethy for the story of the Dover Sun House (“Solar Power Meets Girl Power,” March 24). I heard a lot about it since I did solar and heat storage research with Maria Telkes at the University of Delaware in the mid-1970s.
Paul F. Kando
I live in one of Eleanor Raymond’s houses, on Longfellow Park in Cambridge, and it is full of light all year round. If the author wanted to come see it, he would be very welcome!
What a wonderful piece Nemethy wrote on a special time in architectural history, and on the special circle of free-thinking women. I knew Eleanor Raymond as a fellow member of the Cambridge Plant Club. She was refreshing, energetic, and full of good ideas. Nemethy evoked a whole stage of a life in lovely long-ago times.
Our solar-powered house is also a quirky design with Bauhaus roots. We did a major renovation with heat pumps, insulation, triple-glazed windows, and solar panels. We achieved a year-round zero carbon footprint. Unlike the Sun House, ours is warm in winter and cool in summer. We are saving money on heating and electricity bills. In addition, Massachusetts has supportive policies like net metering, MassSave to subsidize insulation, rebates for heat pumps, and the new SMART subsidy for solar panels. And, in case you were wondering, my family name really is Green.
Raising a Team Player
Kudos to Sandra Ebejer for her realization that her son may not be the next superstar athlete (Connections, March 24). I am not a parent, but see far too often where parents seek to mold children into their idea of success. Nate may not be into sports, but he is participating — on his own terms. We as a society worry too much about what others think.
Team sports at 5? At 5? Are you kidding me? Thank God Ebejer got the lesson her son was trying to teach her: Team sports are not for him (not for most 5-year-olds, I might add) and that is not anything to feel bad about. Because he is not interested now does not mean he will never be — many a coach bemoans the fact that too many kids get to high school no longer interested in playing because they have been at it for 10 years already, many at parents’ insistence. Hopefully as Ebejer’s son grows, she will learn to follow his lead, not force him to follow hers.
I hope Ebejer follows through and pulls her son from baseball. If she wants her son to, eventually, be a good ballplayer, she should have him first work on being a good athlete. For a 5-year-old, that means focusing on gross motor skills like running, jumping, throwing, catching, and kicking. Once he’s matured physically as an athlete as well as intellectually and emotionally as a person, he can try baseball or other sports and hopefully have the type of positive experience that team sports provide.
Some of the language — “we have placed him in a setting where he is never going to thrive,” “it’s simply not in his wiring” — got me wondering if Ebejer could inadvertently be writing off her child’s potential interest in team activities? I hope that she will not allow this to be the narrative about her son’s physical abilities going forward. Don’t write it off so quickly, or he may spend the rest of his life wondering if he would be any good at those activities if the thought hadn’t been planted at an early age that he wasn’t. As an early childhood psychologist, I’m dismayed when I hear parents tell the same story about some concern that no longer dominates the child’s development. Let’s encourage parents to leave all the possibilities open.
Dr. Terry Weksel Maynard
Kids and the City
Good piece (Perspective, March 24). I’ve lived most of my life downtown; I am on my 50th year on Beacon Hill. Mary Shertenlieb is doing her kids a great favor by educating them to the real world. I just wish Trump could ride the Orange Line everyday so he could see the real world, with all its colors and nationalities, riding and working together to make a better life. That is what cities are about. Our free time is not spent on the Pike or pulling weeds, but enjoying the dramas of life in the big city.
Roger MulfordBeacon Hill
Defining a Dream
It always surprises me, but happens fairly frequently, Globe Magazine describes homes for sale for over $600,000 with only one full bath (On the Block, March 24). I’m amazed that families would purchase such a dwelling; I’d find it extremely inconvenient.
Leigh B. Smith
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