Monthly Archives: October 2013

When in doubt, I make something…

Years ago, I lived through the death of someone dear to me largely by cleaning house and arranging things in a pleasing way.  I wanted to cast my eye about and see loveliness—everywhere. The therapist I was seeing off and … Continue reading


Fall triptych

This morning as I walked,  I was taken by surprise. A deafening orchestra of birds overhead. Thousands of them. Hidden among leaves and branches, they were invisible, until they took flight as one, beating the air and leaving nothing but … Continue reading

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Camparisoda: The aperitif of fast, futurist art

I always thought Thursday was really the day to celebrate Happy Hour. Friday seemed so banal, so been-there-done-that. And so today, from my bookshelf to your eye: “Camparisoda: l’aperitivo dell’arte veloce futurista da Fortunato Depero a Matteo Ragni.”* * Camparisoda: the aperitif of … Continue reading

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Milan’s a fashion town. I didn’t have to tell you that, but I thought I’d start by stating the obvious. If anyone comes here, somehow miraculously unaware that this is indeed the case, he or she will soon figure it … Continue reading

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Mozzarella in 16 easy steps: A pictorial how-to

Hello, my friends. I’m back—ecco mi qua—after a weeklong trip to the U.S. plus six days (yes, it takes me that long!) to recuperate from jet lag and re-emersion into the rhythms of life with children-in-school. And what better way … Continue reading

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