Browing category Monthly Musings

My Urban Garden


April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. William Shakespeare As much as I love our house, from the start it was always about the garden. It hugs the house so it can be seen from every window, inviting you to step outside and enjoy it.It’s a southern facing garden, which means that the

The Busy Trap


“Life is what happens when you are busy making plans.” John Lennon We all get busy, especially around the holidays. We all have times when we glance at our calendar and wonder: “How am I going to get all of this done?” and then “How did I get myself so overcommitted in the first place?”

The Joy of Reinvention


My blog has been up and running for a year and a half. The experience has been amazing in so many ways! I would like to celebrate this milestone by highlighting my amazing readers. At the beginning, I was writing for my family and friends. Eager to share what I was doing and seeing, I

How Gratitude Works


“Thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G. K. Chesterton I usually feel grateful when some kindness exceeds my expectations and catches me off guard. Like when a friend sends flowers just to let me know that she is thinking of me or my daughter gives me

Coming Full Circle


My daughter Mallory’s new apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has a drop dead view of the Manhattan skyline, the lower East River and the three magnificent bridges that connect the two boroughs: the Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. On fine days, she commutes to work in mid-town by ferry, crossing under these magnificent architectural and engineering

Donald Trump, Our Reality TV Candidate


MONTHLY MUSINGS Love him, or hate him, Mr. Trump is the perfect reality-television star. In the various guilty-pleasure/train-wreck formats of reality TV, casting agents are looking for larger than life personalities, who speak their mind and don’t shy away from conflict. They reveal their character through conflict, and the bigger the character, the deeper the

As they fly the nest…


It turns out that the empty nest…what a lot of parents dread, isn’t half that bad. Sure I dreaded it at first. Its looming shadow is what motivated me to start this blog less than a year ago. During the first few weeks after the departure of our youngest daughter, I would find myself wandering

Freedom and Horses


Today I’m feeling overwhelmed by all the horrific news out of Paris this weekend and the consequent reactions and actions of some the world leaders. The thought of all the uncertainty of knowing not if we will be hit again but where, leads me to want to throw all my personal freedoms to the wind

Here Goes the Sun!


When I visited my 93-year-old mother recently in Florida, I thought back about all the sunrises and sunsets that she has seen in her lifetime.  Unfortunately, with prevailing dementia, she most likely doesn’t remember the one’s we just shared together, but rather those she had observed in the past.  They are as real and vibrant

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