Dead Wood…

Dead Wood…

Design & Garden Tips
Dead Wood… I perfected the fine art of eye rolling when I was thirteen. So charming.  I’m guessing I came to this expression in response to something my father said when I thought I knew way more than he about the world and that he was purposefully trying to work my nerves. Since that time when I’m annoyed, it’s my fall-back look. I was in full eye-roll mode last week when my letter to all of you grand folk was stuck ... Read more
Tools of the Trade…

Tools of the Trade…

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A few years ago I was deep into the spring clean up and had hauled many rounds of debris to the curb to await borough collection–some stacked in piles, the rest in refuse cans. I knew the truck was close by because Katie gave me a three-bark alert. I continued to work when I heard two masculine voices say, “Look at all this. I don’t think I can lift this container ... Read more
East of the Sun…

East of the Sun…

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Diana Krall, a jazz musician I like, sings a song of this title. It opens like this: “East of the sun and west of the moon We’ll build a dream house of love, dear Close to the sun in the day Near to the moon at night We’ll live in a lovely way, dear Sharing our love in the pale moonlight..” I think there is something magical about the far away, the places that are at the edge ... Read more
What’s New?

What’s New?

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According to mythology, the Roman God, Janus, is the god of beginnings, transitions, and in ancient art and architecture presides over doorways and gates as a symbol for this. So appropriate, then, that we have our first month named for him. I have a friend who spends New Year’s Eve talking with her husband about all the things they did over the course of the year ending and the plans they have for the year ahead. I always thought ... Read more