A Valentine to Share

February 14, 2018 by - 9 Comments

  I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a bit silly for Valentine’s Day. Discovering that someone has sent me a Valentine makes me feel as excited as an eight-year-old with a decorated paper bag taped to the back of her classroom chair. Valentine’s Day used to be a day of intense pressure …Read More

Trouble is Here!

January 8, 2018 by - 7 Comments

Happy 2018, my dears! I hope your holidays were cozy and full of all the things and people you love. In the past couple weeks we’ve layered on the sweaters and spent lots of time refilling bird feeders, but happily so. I’ve been making plans for the year, and they’re relatively simple: more time with …Read More

A Wonderfully Human Kind of Joy

December 24, 2017 by - 6 Comments

  This painting by Matthias Stom (Dutch, 1600-1652+) is so vibrant and full of life that it speaks loudly of joy. Stom was Dutch, but he did most of his painting in Italy, closely following the style of Caravaggio. I love this painting’s warm, humid temperature, its Mediteranean feel. It’s a refreshing change from the …Read More

Saturday Serendipity, 23 December 2017

December 23, 2017 by -
Every Saturday, Rain or Shine

      Some quick reads for a busy weekend. I don’t know about you, but with all I have to do I haven’t had a lot of time for online reading. Here’s a list you can tackle in about 15-20 minutes.   Bits and Bobs Either the coolest grandparents ever–or the dumbest. And older …Read More

Thursday with Santas

December 21, 2017 by - 2 Comments

Happy Thursday! All my concentration is gone and I only have room in my brain for wrapping, recipes, decorating, hanging out with my family, and the ending of Advent. Last night I went through the non-tree decorations–the ones that should’ve gone up before the tree–and put up about half. Not because I’m feeling minimalist, but …Read More

Fancy New Author Photo Number One

December 19, 2017 by - 12 Comments

I’ve been waiting for weeks to start sharing my new author photos with you! They arrived only today, so I wanted to post one right away. In the end, I chose four different ones. Each has a different mood, though not a single one is particularly serious or grim. This is Mischievous Laura. It’s the …Read More