22 Jun, 2015

Eventually It All Gets Done

June 22nd, 2015|Tags: |

I have often have to remind myself that eventually, it all gets done. Such as sewing that button onto my son's polo shirt. It's an old Lacoste he inherited from [...]

1 Jun, 2015

My Recipe for a Perfect Porch Day in Bella Grace Magazine

June 1st, 2015|Tags: , , |

You might remember my blog post from last summer, Recipe for a Perfect Day on the Porch. Well, I'm happy to announce that it made it into the summer issue [...]

4 Dec, 2014

Farewell to an Old Pot

December 4th, 2014|Tags: , |

Why, I ask myself, is it so hard to say good-bye to an old pot? I know why, actually, but I still keep mulling over it because it strikes me [...]

27 Oct, 2014

Hemingway Birthplace Home Video Tour

October 27th, 2014|Tags: , , |

For my students who missed class at the Hemingway House and all my blog readers, here's a little video tour of my writer-in-residence studio in the attic, the attic itself, [...]

18 Aug, 2014

Bella Grace Blog Hop: Recipe for a Perfect Day on the Porch

August 18th, 2014|Tags: , |

The capturing of this recipe was inspired by Bella Grace and is my contribution to the Bella Grace Blog Hop. Essential: 1 porch 1 summer day, temperatures in the 70s, [...]

3 Apr, 2014

When Guests Come…

April 3rd, 2014|Tags: |

...you clean up. It's really one of the great benefits of having overnight guests or even just throwing a party: Suddenly you're compelled to tackle all those "construction sites" around [...]

27 Aug, 2013

Everything in Its Place

August 27th, 2013|Tags: |

Pantry contents relocated to our dining room table Going through the experience of having our entire apartment painted in a week, one thing struck me especially amidst all the chaos [...]

21 Aug, 2013

A Beloved Doll

August 21st, 2013|Tags: , |

  While putting our home back together after having all the walls painted, I got into a major cleaning frenzy. It is amazing how much dust you see once you start removing [...]

13 Aug, 2013


August 13th, 2013|Tags: |

  I've fallen off the August Break bandwagon for a few days because, alas, I needed a break, or rather, I was too busy with other things to take a [...]

9 Aug, 2013

Weekend Breakfast

August 9th, 2013|Tags: |

Our typical weekend breakfast - French toast (or pancakes) served on the porch in the summer. Goes somewhat with today's August Break topic of taste, because that French toast tastes [...]

3 Aug, 2013

A Double Yellow

August 3rd, 2013|Tags: , |

Today's August Break theme is "yellow" and so here is a double yellow for you - a yellow bowl and bananas. This bowl always sits on our kitchen counter, usually to [...]

5 Jul, 2013

My Grandparents’ House

July 5th, 2013|Tags: , , |

 The latest photo of my grandparents' former house, taken by me on my last visit in June 2009. My essay 'Thrown Out' of the Family Home was published in [...]

8 Jun, 2013

Jacket Friends

June 8th, 2013|Tags: |

When I was taking Susannah Conway's Unraveling class earlier this year, one assignment was to photograph our favorite things. I felt I'd be remiss if I didn't include these two [...]

5 Jun, 2013

Art on the Wall

June 5th, 2013|Tags: , |

I've never quite understood decoraters' advice to cover bare walls by hunting for art at flea markets, poster shops or online art stores, but perhaps I am just lucky: All [...]

1 Jun, 2013

A Teacup Chandelier

June 1st, 2013|Tags: , |

This quirky decoration caught my eye in the window of the Café on Main in Ottawa, Illinois, where my friend Barbara and I stopped for lunch on our way to [...]

8 Mar, 2013

The Writing on the Wall

March 8th, 2013|Tags: , |

"Mom vandalized the wall!" - that was my son's first reaction upon seeing my word of the year written on our living room wall. "Hey, there's a word on the wall!" - "Does [...]

11 Feb, 2013

A Yearbook

February 11th, 2013|Tags: |

The beginnings of my 2013 yearbook - with photos from a New York Knicks game and various playbills In my efforts to reclaim my desk and get rid of some [...]

10 Jan, 2013

What’s Left of a Friendship

January 10th, 2013|Tags: , |

In my current quest to get stuff done around the house, I hung up this crystal again. For years it hung in the southern sun porch window, and the kids [...]

31 Dec, 2012

Between the Years: Home Organizing

December 31st, 2012|Tags: , |

Yesterday I spent pretty much the whole day clearing a particularly irksome pile of paperwork. It was a project I had begun two months ago, using Gretchen Rubin's "suffer for [...]

28 Dec, 2012

Between the Years: Reclaiming the Desk

December 28th, 2012|Tags: , |

Greetings from my desk, where I am looking out on this wintery scene today while tackling some long overdue paperwork. Despite the chill outside, it's cozy here with a hot [...]

26 Dec, 2012

Saying Good-Bye to an Old Keepsake

December 26th, 2012|Tags: , |

The tattered but intact side of my shopping bag from the Ludwig II Musical In the course of my current home organizing activities (more on that soon!), I installed a hook on [...]

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