We adopted an adult dog from a careful breeder and weren't sure she would want to stay.
Fans of Harry Potter and other fantasy stories often imagine what life would be like with magic, forgetting that in our modern world, there are plenty of miraculous inventions that seem magical in nature. I was reminded of this last week when I learned my aunt was dying. I wanted to write her a letter... Continue Reading →
When we were driving to Texas (nearly twenty years ago), Kurt made a surprise stop in Lafayette, Louisiana to show me something special. It was the Cypress Island Preserve on Lake Martin, an oasis in the midst of developed land, a rookery packed with wading birds. I was not yet an active birder, so I... Continue Reading →
We had a quiet Thanksgiving at home this year with one friend as our guest. While the elaborate cooking always makes it feel like a celebration, I wanted to dress things up a little. My new focus on the handmade life had me watching for the things we did ourselves. First off, I took the time... Continue Reading →
It's that time of year, when we stop and reflect on all the good stuff in our lives. While I'm grateful for my family and friends, the roof over the my head, the food on the table, and my recently restored health, I thought I'd take the time to be thankful for something that mostly... Continue Reading →
Over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to spend a day in a workshop taught by Jane Sassaman. The class was Abstracting From Nature. I signed up because I love natural subjects — animals, plants, landscapes — but do not want to get sucked into photorealistic interpretations when I make a quilt or other piece of art.... Continue Reading →
Over the last two years, my dentist has been replacing my fillings. He explained to me that my teeth were showing signs of cracking and that my old fillings weren't helping matters any. My dental history is a long and busy road including pulled teeth, braces, fillings, and a root canal. One thing I do... Continue Reading →