I’ll call him Ishmael.

Today I’ve begun my spring-to-summer reading list with a literary classic that all well-educated or, at least, all English literature majors should read at some point in life: Moby-Dick or, The Whale.┬áIt’s one of those books that has graced my personal library for years longer than I’ve actually had the desire to pick it up. […]

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, […]