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Yesterday I drove almost an hour one-way taking my 8-month-old kitten Clark for an ultrasound of his abdomen. We made the trip in good time, despite my fears that at any moment something would cause a delay or setback. He sat quietly in his carrier, watching cars and the landscape pass […]

FRESH OFF THE PAGE: to remember

Life never seems to like me to feel comfortable for too very long. Just when I think things are going well, smoothly, sure the bell curve is on it’s way up, I will get hit with another tragedy, either real or anticipated, some other blow that knocks me off balance once again. […]


The Woods at Marly, 1871, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” – Camille Pissarro I think, according to his statement, that the painter Camille Pissarro must have felt like a truly blessed human being. His paintings portray common men and women in simple, natural landscapes, doing […]

In My Father’s Hands

Despite their fragile state, every winter I’ve continued to wear a pair of my dad’s old, rough woolen mittens. Parts of them have been literally hanging on by a thread, brown suede-covered palms and tattered Thinsulate lining in danger of coming loose and falling away entirely.  I have grown careful with them over the years, saving them […]

THROUGH MY LENS: unmerciful

  Last night I went to see the ‘The Revenant,’ and unlike a couple of women I heard leaving the theater behind me, it is not a movie I am in a hurry to watch again. It was bloody, violent, and unflinching, like the lives it portrayed, one definitely not for […]


When I turned 34 I got a tattoo. My life had been transformed by yoga, Buddhism and Eastern thought, and I felt powerfully drawn to the symbol of the lotus flower and it’s story. I wanted to carry it with me always. A lotus flower lives below the water’s surface, roots […]

Ready, set, go!

I am off this week on another adventure, heading to Boca Raton, FL, for a wedding. Part of me will be happy to escape the bitter taste of winter we’ve finally gotten if only for a few days. And that’s the part I’m focusing on, while the travel anxiety I battle brews, percolating […]