About Me/FAQ

Hello! I'm Lecia Phinney.

I live at the water's edge in Seattle with my husband, two boys, two cats, and a Corgi named Nelly. I can usually be found with my nose in a book, baking, or lagging behind the crowd with my camera. Peanut butter is my favorite food. Other favorites of mine include singing along, sleeping with the windows open, and yellow dresses.

I've had breast cancer twice. I'm happy to say I'm fine now. At the time of my second cancer diagnosis, in 2005, I learned I have a BRCA1 gene mutation, so I've had a series of preventative surgeries to minimize the risks associated with it. After my final surgery I needed something to get me out of my worried, preoccupied state. A new hobby or project. I started this blog, which became a collection of stories celebrating a well-lived domestic life. From the time I was born, my grandmother Louise taught me to find inspiration and pleasure in simple domestic tasks. She never bought anything if she could make it. Everything of hers tasted better, lasted longer, looked better, and fit more comfortably. Every day I remember the example she set for me. Storytelling about family and domesticity helped me really see my life and live in it more, and believe in it once again. It helped me let go of my identity as a patient.

I'm currently working on a memoir interwoven with science, depicting the realities of living with a BRCA1 gene mutation. My book, tentatively titled Inheritance, will be published by National Geographic in October of 2016.

Thanks for taking time out of your day to stop by.


Please feel free to contact me at leciawphinney [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Do you accept advertising? 
Thank you for asking, but no.

What camera(s) do you use?
Canon 1D Mark IIN and Canon 5D Mark II. I sometimes also post iPhone shots.

What about the lens(es)?
Canon 24-105, 16-35L II, 70-200/2.8 IS, 35L, 85L I, 135L.

I'm new to blogging/I'm thinking of starting a blog. How can I get started?
Blog about what you love. If you do, whatever it is, that passion will shine through. You will enjoy doing it, and others will respond to it.

This is a great post that just about covers it all. It is entitled food blogging, but is applicable to blogging in general.

I'm coming to Seattle...what are your recommendations?

FOOD - a few favorites: SpinasseThe Whale Wins, Vif, Din Tai FungSitka & SpruceBar Sajor, Bakery NouveauGreen Leaf,  Delancey, The Wandering GooseCanlis.

SITES and ACTIVITIES: Pike Place Market, Ballard Farmers MarketOlympic Sculpture Park, Elliott Bay Book CompanyTotokaeloDiscovery Park, the Ballard Locks, Alki Beach, Center for Wooden BoatsVolunteer Park, riding any of the Washington State Ferries, visiting any of the islands in the Puget Sound area.

This article has some great ideas of things to do and see on your visit to Seattle.