Great Expectations

This NEW YEAR has begun in a rainy fashion. The weather is a ready topic of conversation for anyone because it affects us all, informing the way we drive, altering our moods, influencing what we choose to wear, changing how we spend our time. There are things that bind us all together while declaring our […]

Easy Elegance

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci Some days I just want to step out of the house and make looking like a million bucks seem effortless. There’s an Italian word for this idea: Sprezzatura. It’s an air of nonchalance toward something that is full of “chalance.” Or, as Castiglione says himself about […]

The Season of Change

“Man’s yesterday may ne’er be like his morrow; Nought may endure but Mutability.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley CHANGE Autumn is just barely past–even though we’re still having 60 degree weather. With each gust of wind, the trees continue to shed their leaves and disrobe themselves of their former vesture. In a way, I’ve preempted this […]

The Tiger Lily

“Tiger Lily” by Walter Adolphe Roberts (1878-1962) “GRAY are the gardens of our Celtic lands, Dreaming and gray, Tended by the devotion of pale hands, On barren crags, or by disastrous sands […] Scarcely one understands that regal, rare, Bravely the tiger lily blossoms there, Bravely apart […] We do not long for tropic pageantry, […]