Friday, September 30, 2011


I loved watching a feather waft beside me for a few paces of my run this morning, seemingly out of nowhere.
I loved being too hot a time or two this last week of September.
I love toast with salted tomato slices for lunch.
I love my brother. Today is his birthday.
I love that the four of us are such homebodies.

Thank you so much for all your nice comments this week.

Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


a neighbor's flower pot.

Today, I listened to a thought-provoking piece about filter bubbles; a TED talk by Eli Pariser. I think you'll find it worth nine minutes of your time to click the link and watch it.

I woke up this morning to both boys in our guest bed, together, reading. Now they're asleep together, sweetly, in one of their beds. I'm so glad they have each other.

Happy Thursday. xo

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September 27

This morning on NPR, I listened to part of a program about music and nostalgia -- maybe you heard it, too? I came in at the point when the audience was invited to call in and comment. One woman described how her mom recently told her she now listens to The Cure and The Smiths on occasion, because they remind her mother of her. The caller recounted how her mother had hated them at the time she lived at home. The story really moved me, both that it happened, and that the mother shared the experience with her daughter.

May we all find peace and comfort in each other, in whatever ways we can.

Monday, September 26, 2011

these days

This morning, we wore coats with hoods for the first time in months.

Today was a version of yesterday, as tomorrow will be of today; some collective effort at a smooth start to the day, a few individual triumphs, and the coming together again at the end.

Best wishes for your week.

Friday, September 23, 2011


Growing up, I used to wonder if it would snow before my birthday; hope for it, actually. It didn't happen all that often, but it was something to anticipate. Now, in another time, another place, with kids as old as I was on those sometimes snowy birthdays, we're having nearly record breaking heat. It feels just as unprecedented, just as exquisite as those days in my childhood when winter would come out of sequence. I want to drop everything and get outside, just as I did for those first snows. It seems to like a perfect mindset for the eve of a birthday.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

on my radar right now

at Brave Horse Tavern

I have three friends whose birthdays are in close proximity to mine. Today, I had lunch with one of those friends, to celebrate with her. I love that it's still warm enough to eat outside.

I'm really looking forward to the season premiere of Modern Family tonight!

A few good links:

What if the secret to success is failure?

The role of the artist in society.

London style.

Happy Wednesday! xo

Monday, September 19, 2011

the bird is on the wing

A few last images of late summer.

I had to change all six of the bulbs that illuminate the front of our house, and one above our dining room table; probably they’ve been out for months, and we're just now noticing. The light fades earlier by the day. I also emptied a few spent flowerpots.

We have an abundance of tomatoes and are eating them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Friday, September 16, 2011


We went to a fourth grade class picnic/potluck at Gasworks Park this evening. As I handed Abbott a plate he asked, as he always does, "What did you make?" and then proceeded to fill his plate with only that, and a brownie.

Thank you for all of your nice comments this week. Happy weekending. xo

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

fall uniform

Last weekend at Delancey, one of our favorite places for dinner.

In every one of my school pictures, aside from the year I wore my rainbow shirt (remember those?), I wore a striped shirt. If you look through pictures of my kids throughout their childhood, you'll see I'm doing my best to indoctrinate them in stripe love. With or without a scarf, and with or without a sweater or cardigan, striped tops and jeans are still my favorite everyday wear. I'm seeing jeans in bright colors everywhere these days; thinking I might add a pair to my fall uniform.

Monday, September 12, 2011

the long and the short of it

As we walked in the front door upon returning from our after-dinner walk, Cal wanted to know if we had to drive anywhere tomorrow. And that kind of sums up where we're at. School hasn't yet fully settled into our consciousness. We're still getting used to living by the clock, sitting in classrooms, structured time for them, unstructured time for me in their absence. We're all exhibiting signs of growth and positivity combined with evidence of the strain of it all. I feel like I'm making headway on delayed chores and tasks left undone due to travel and guests and kids home this summer. Today, I was almost too busy to shower before picking up the kids at school. I loved being productive in obvious ways like getting the oil changed in my car, buying groceries, doing three loads of laundry, cleaning out a closet.

What I mean to say is, the sun has been shining; our lives are shifting; good things are happening.

Best wishes for your week. xo

Friday, September 9, 2011

New York, New York

When I was my nephew's age, and, like him, a college student in New York, I had a friend named Mike, who was born and raised in Brooklyn. He was a law student. One summer, he went to Los Angeles to do a clerkship; that fall, he recounted his sense of wonder as he looked at all the people around him who spent their lives outside New York. He could not imagine it. There are undoubtedly millions of others who share his sentiments; maybe you, too, feel the same way.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


My sister's family spends their weekends in New Canaan, Connecticut, and we spent last weekend with them, there. The house is on several acres, and has a pool; the kids romped and played continuously. We are all better for having had that relaxed stretch of time with no agenda.

I still feel horribly jet lagged and disoriented, even though we've been home for two days. I'm hoping for a restful night, tonight. Tomorrow, I'll post a few pictures from our time in New York.

Happy Thursday to you.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

the first day

We all woke up a little nervous and a little excited. At breakfast, Abbott said he was wondering what his teacher would be like. Alexi told him he always used to wonder the same thing.

Abbott's teacher summed it up nicely: 'Today was a lovely day and it was good to get going rather than thinking about getting going.'

More from our trip, tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

hello again

On the plane today, the woman sitting next to me asked to borrow a pen. I lent her one, and she proceeded to write furiously in a notebook for nearly two hours straight. Then, she closed her eyes and assumed a meditative pose for the rest of the flight. I thought a lot about the past week on the flight, but I am at a loss for words. I'm just not as efficient at self-expression as my seat mate was. Or maybe it's the jet lag.

What I can say is that I needed the visit. I need those conversations with my sister that last all night long, as much as I need air.

It was a once in a lifetime experience being with my nephew on the eve of his freshman year; helping him get settled at NYU.

As we were leaving the city this morning, one of the screens at Times Square flashed the message, 'Great Times Are Waiting.' It took a bit of the sting off leaving, summer's end, and school starting in the morning.

More soon.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


The kids and I are excited to be flying to the east coast, to spend some time with my sister and her family. Alexi will join us at the end of the week.

I hope you enjoy this last weekend of summer. xoxo