wild carrot

wild carrot aka queen anne’s lace In this moment as I write to you, the humidity has rolled back in and the air feels thick, but at 8:00 am the sky was clear and the temperature much cooler.  I took the dogs to the beach and it was a slice of heaven. The beauty of starting a Monday morning with a walk on the beach when I am not on holiday is not lost on me. photos: Forrest K. Elliot I remember a conversation I … View Post

wide open

“Each of us has the capacity not only for great happiness but also for bringing great happiness to others.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Good Citizens One good way to start off a summer day is to take a long walk along the seashore, so the dogs and I hit the beach early this morning.  They swam until they could swim no more and then– back to the office where the windows are wide open to the breezes that remind me why paperweights were once so … View Post

go ahead, make my day

Sure, the uber-cool Clint might’ve said those words with a gun in his hand.  Me?  I say it with a squeal utterly lacking in cool. If you were my upstairs neighbor and ever wondered what it is exactly that sets the dogs to barking– it would be the sound I make when the latest magic rolls in from the post office.  Because, if I had to write up the specs of this job I do, one of the perks would definitely be the mail we … View Post

loyalty to the inner vision

I am absentminded, reckless, heedless of social obligations, etc. It is as it must be. The tire goes flat, the tooth falls out, there will be a hundred meals without mustard. The poem gets written. I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light and I have no shame. Neither do I have guilt. My responsibility is not to the ordinary, or the timely. It does not include mustard, or teeth. It does not extend to the lost button, or the beans … View Post

meet me at the villa

*music by JHunger Michelle & Elizabeth went on an adventure it was like a dream (a really, really good dream) neither of them had ever been to Italy before but they quickly learned the important words:  pazzo!  gelato!  va bene!  perfetto! the vistas were extraordinary, but what filled their hearts most were the people that welcomed them into this beautiful part of the world with so much grace and kindness it was, truly– like a dream they can’t wait to host Squamitalia! there in October so much magic awaits … View Post