Category: Life

Champagne being poured. Photograph: bluefern, iStock by Gettty.

She’s so hot, Hot, HOT!

It all started when I was having champagne with Captain Darcy. He was a handsome man, and we had talked many times over the two weeks of the cruise. I was not surprised I’d been invited to the Captain’s dinner. The Captain’s guests gathered for champagne and conversation before dinner, and […]

Mulberry Street on New York's Lower East Side, ca. 1900

Visiting the Tenement Museum

One of the most fascinating museums in the United States stands at the corner of Delancey and Orchard Street on the Lower East Side of New York City. Stepping into the Tenement Museum is time travel into the lives of hardworking American immigrant families. You pick your year. Would […]

Learning to Love Museums

Want to make someone hate you? Find a person who doesn’t know much about art and force them to spend hours as you drag them to every painting in every gallery in a museum while you read every placard as they fidget next to you. Yep. I guarantee […]

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, […]

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 […]

The Lightness of Being

To fly over the ocean on a winged ship . . . It is an old feeling. A deep feeling. In it we are connected, even to the ancient Phoenicians daring to explore the Mediterranean. We feel that first voyage into the unknown — the sea surrounding us. […]

Only in a Leap

“Only in the leap from the lion’s head will he prove his worth.” There were three friends at unhappy points in their marriages. We talked numerous times about what we should do. In 2003, I am the one who left her marriage. It took me two years of thinking. I […]