Hermes Scarves. Photograph, 123rf Stock Photos.

The Lady in the Hermès Scarf

Elena tugged at a corner, and the heavy silk twill slipped from beneath the stack of scarves in the drawer to fall open in her hands. In the field of cerulean blue, the silver bark of the tree shone. The slender branches stretched up from the trunk reaching almost to the limits of the carré, […]

Florentine paper framing our room with a view.

Of Paper and Books and Ink

In an age where everything is increasingly digital, why do we love paper so? It’s the delicate scrollwork of a printed design. The fragrance of a leather book. The way a thick sheet of paper folds under your hand, pushing back up at your fingers . . . What […]

Mr. Underwood, portrayed by Paul Newman

Love in the Afternoon, Revisited

This was originally posted in October 2015. As I work on downsizing to move from a large house into a condominium, the conundrum of which possessions to part with is sometimes easy, often hard. Mr. Underwood came home with me last year, and I am please to say […]

Spirit Airlines Airbus A321

The Truth about Spirit Airlines

I’ve taken my first Spirit Airlines trip, and it was an experience. There’s a lot not to like about Spirit. The attitude of Ben Baldanza, who was CEO of the airline until January 2016, was very in your face, and if you don’t like it the way we do […]

My cat Coco poses for Rilke's Black Cat.

Word Swag and Some Rilke

Good morning everyone — a short coffee post to share a great iPhone/iPad app for creating custom text layouts for social media.  Word Swag has been around for awhile, but I used it for the first time yesterday. I’m a big Photoshop user, and have been going back to version […]

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