The Dangers of Reading Against the Seasons

I’m about half way through reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett for the first time. I had seen the 1990s film version, which I adored, but had never read the book. So far I have not been able to put it down. I love the constant reminders Burnett gives that fresh air, simple […]

Seeking Further Improvement

Illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith. Image and info on the artist found here.

The way I tend to approach my life is to anchor the parts that are going well and then leave them to bob along – hopefully without incident – while I turn my attention to the parts that are in danger […]

Each Day Is Fresh… With No Mistakes

So here we are in 2012! That means the 80’s were 30 years ago. So crazy. Okay back to the present… I chose a word for this year that I’ve probably chosen before but really need to concentrate on it this year and that is… wealth. I’m talking about building wealth in regards to […]

Back from England

We were so lucky this year to be able to visit England during (our) Thanksgiving week. Most places had their Christmas lights up already and shop windows were fabulously decorated. Having been to England a few times now and with an English husband, I didn’t tend to do a lot of typical touristy things […]

Day Trip from Sacramento to Napa

We decided, rather last minute, to head over to Napa for a bit of late afternoon beauty and aspirational living. Armed with New Order’s greatest hits and not a lot of cash, we followed highway 12 to 29 and made a beeline for St. Helena. We began, by mistake, at the lovely Ristorante Tra […]

5 Cheer Up Videos

I have a bunch of videos bookmarked in a folder called Cheer Up Links. I often listen to them while working. I know listening via YouTube is not the best option but I kind of like being able to watch the video, or not, as the mood strikes. So here we go:

5. This is […]

Use the Good, Throw Out the Bad Stuff

A Dinner Table at Night. John Singer Sargent, 1884. People using their good stuff.

This morning I was listening to an interview with The Daily Connoisseur in which she encouraged us all to use our best things… every day. As I took in her words, I looked down at the t-shirt I was wearing […]

L’Amour Fou

I’m very much looking forward to seeing this film – as you can see from the trailer, YSL lived in an amazing house!

The Time of the Lilacs

The Time of the Lilacs. Sophie Anderson (1823 – 1903).

Okay so not really lilac season yet, but I just saw Dita von Teese’s tweet about loving lilacs and I just had to concur!

Google Art Project

Adolph Menzel, The Balcony Room, 1845.

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately on Google Art Project. The project uses Google street map technology to provide site visitors with a 360 degree view of 17 art museum interiors. So you can not only tour from room to room, but you can also zoom […]