Spirited Away

Photo: Joy is friends who get me. I walked into church on Sunday and a friend handed me a bag right before Coffee Hour with this little buddy in it. I near about cried. My mom has an extensive Black Santa collection, but I haven’t started one of my own at my house. This is…

Where Talents Live

Photo: Another craft I get to add to my resume. I love making Anglican rosaries. I think they represent a beautiful opportunity to intersect art and religion in a way that is preciously intimate. One set of hands expresses a prayer beaded form, then gives that prayer to another set of hands as a tool…

Oh Hey, It’s Birthday Week

Photo: Khao Soi. Anju Noodle Bar. Heaven in a bowl. The best thing I’ve eaten in 2018. (This is my second bowl. The first was back in March.)   I have a whole bunch of friends who have birthdays at the end of September. Basically, all the best people are Libras or Libra-adjacent. My knitting…

Visit to the ICA Boston

Photo: Don’t push me, ’cause I’m close to the edge…   My sister is in town. I’m going to call her Alice for the purpose of writing this post, though that’s not her real name. Longtime readers recall that Alice is an artist who went to real, actual art school (MICA, in Maryland, which is a…

Of Resolve

Photo: It was a splurge, and now I’m questioning its taste…. but I still love it and I’m keeping it up. The Husband put it on the wall without complaint. We’ll see how I feel about it in a week… it might continue to be displayed, but perhaps on a different wall…? No matter what,…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Interludes

Photo: I am taking back to Massachusetts a few precious things from Grandy’s house. Kitchen items, mostly, like a ceramic bowls used for a myriad of beloved recipes, including kinklings. I also have a few of her purses, and there is even more stuff to sift through when I return over Christmas. It would seem…

Of Gates

Photo: I am utterly enchanted by magnolia trees. I am seriously trying to figure out how to bonsai one myself or make a purchase of a bonsai’d one. I think they are just gorgeous. This tree grew proudly right outside our room. I could almost touch it if I reached my hand far enough from…

The Thin Beige Door

Photo: I spent my week in South Carolina’s “Low Country” which is, as many forbidding places are, achingly beautiful. The 2 1/2 hour drive between Charleston and Hilton Head brings me through a spectrum of emotions. I spent my week writing and working. The Husband was working, too. We were away, but we were working. It was…

As You Are

Photo: This deliciousness right here… and I’m telling you, I didn’t even do much. I took this beauty out of the packaging, I seasoned with spices*, I gave it a little olive oil, I seared both sides for color, then I popped it in my oven at 400 degrees. I wish I had trusted myself…

Knit, Eat, Laugh, Repeat

Photo: What is it about the beach that brings out the kitsch in so many? There is something about the haphazard that makes beach decor fun and silly. I didn’t even notice all of this stuff on our little beach cottage until we were packing up to go. The entire house was full of little…