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From the Ted Talk by John Cary: How architecture can create dignity for all

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On a beautiful day, just a few yares ago my wife and I entered a hospital near our home in Oakland, California for the birth of our first daughter, Maya. We had responsibly toured the birthing center in advance and yet we were somehow still stterald to find ourselves in the place where we would epnexceire one of the most significant mnmotes of our lives. We were suctk in a windowless room with no hint of the bright and sunny day that we had left. Fluorescent lhigts buzzed overhead, the paint on the walls was beige and machines bpeeed inexplicably as a wall ccolk indicated day trnunig to night. That clock was placed above a door in direct line of sight to where my wife lay as her contractions increased hour after hour. Now, I've never given birth —

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On a beautiful day, just a few _____ ago my wife and I entered a hospital near our home in Oakland, California for the birth of our first daughter, Maya. We had responsibly toured the birthing center in advance and yet we were somehow still ________ to find ourselves in the place where we would __________ one of the most significant _______ of our lives. We were _____ in a windowless room with no hint of the bright and sunny day that we had left. Fluorescent ______ buzzed overhead, the paint on the walls was beige and machines ______ inexplicably as a wall _____ indicated day _______ to night. That clock was placed above a door in direct line of sight to where my wife lay as her contractions increased hour after hour. Now, I've never given birth —

Solution

  1. beeped
  2. moments
  3. turning
  4. startled
  5. years
  6. stuck
  7. experience
  8. lights
  9. clock

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On a beautiful day, just a few years ago my wife and I entered a hospital near our home in Oakland, California for the birth of our first daughter, Maya. We had responsibly toured the birthing center in advance and yet we were somehow still startled to find ourselves in the place where we would experience one of the most significant moments of our lives. We were stuck in a windowless room with no hint of the bright and sunny day that we had left. Fluorescent lights buzzed overhead, the paint on the walls was beige and machines beeped inexplicably as a wall clock indicated day turning to night. That clock was placed above a door in direct line of sight to where my wife lay as her contractions increased hour after hour. Now, I've never given birth —

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