Happy Thanksgiving!

on November 26, 2015

First, HEAPS of thanks to those of you who contributed to the auction and the Go Fund Me page for Summer Heacock and her family! Together, the two events have raised right around $18,000 and made all the difference for darling Summer and her family. She wrote a blog post about the experience, and I’m…

Read More >

It’s nearly Thanksgiving…do I smell turkey?

on November 24, 2015

Here in the States it’s almost Thanksgiving which means the grocery stores are overrun and we’re all doing frantic things to pumpkins and turkeys. (I will point out again that our Canadian friends are so smart for doing this in October. I’d be willing to entertain the notion of turkey at Christmas if I hadn’t…

Read More >

Lazy cooking!

on November 23, 2015

We’ve talked here before about how cooking is just Not My Thing. It’s fine when I’m in the mood, but I almost never am, and the idea of producing edibles on a daily basis makes me want to pull the duvet over my head and never come out again. But I did manage to create…

Read More >

The mind is a curious place

on November 19, 2015

I’ve often thought–no doubt goaded by Sherlock Holmes–that life would be vastly easier if we could choose what we remember. With a theoretically limited brain capacity, we would be exercising the highest common sense to designate space for the things we truly want to accommodate while letting go of the flotsam and jetsam floating around…

Read More >

The auction is live!

on November 18, 2015

The auction to benefit Summer Heacock and her family is live–I just accidentally typed “love”, and it is very much that too. Here is the link to my lot, a signed book club set of trade paperbacks of CITY OF JASMINE. I’m delighted the bidding has already begun, and please poke around the site and…

Read More >

I want to say something about Paris

on November 17, 2015

and Beirut and Baghdad and all the other places where violence has been perpetrated on the innocent lately. But I’m still processing, as I think many of us are. (The fact that I┬ácan take my time thinking things over is a privilege I am deeply aware of. And I am truly sorry for those who…

Read More >

Things that have been cool this week

on November 12, 2015

This week has been one of those strange autumn weeks where the weather won’t make up its mind–hello, 35 degree mornings and 80 degree afternoons!–and I keep getting minor annoyances prickling their way into fun things. Or fun things glossing over prickly annoyances, take your pick. So I’m focusing on the good and fun and…

Read More >

The weather is turning colder…

on November 10, 2015

And while that means most people are reaching for the winter woolens, I’m changing up my perfumes. I wear fragrance seasonally with citrus and lighter florals in spring and summer, but in chillier weather I like things that are heavy and lush. I never feel properly dressed until I’ve put on fragrance–and by that I…

Read More >

Pondering the motto…

on November 5, 2015

A visit to the archives on the subject of the motto with a few additional thoughts… I am intrigued by the notion of mottos–the words we would use to describe our intentions or our values. If this were the fourteenth century, we might carve them on the lintels of our stately manors or embroider them…

Read More >

Have we talked about my fish?

on November 3, 2015

Most of you who are regulars around my social media playgrounds know about Deacon the Goldendoodle. (He gets his picture tweeted from time to time and has made appearances on Instagram.) But I haven’t talked much about my accidental fish, Pearl. And here’s the most interesting thing about Pearl–he was a rescue. Of course, it…

Read More >