Zen and construction dust

Like many flood victims in Oakland County, we’ll soon have a dumpster in our driveway and a construction crew in the basement. Watching our contractor haul rolls of soggy carpeting to the curb this morning, I recalled the following column, which I wrote in 2003. The full version is reprinted in Writing Home. Zen and Remodeling We are […]

Home is here, now

So I’ll try to see into your eyes right now, and stay right here, ’cause these are the good old days.” — Carly Simon, “Anticipation” My grown son, who’s married and lives in Chicago, is back in town with his wife for a friend’s wedding. It’s a short weekend visit, but I plan to enjoy […]

Stress-free Holiday Parties?

A smiling face is half the meal” – Latvian proverb Now that November’s here, shelter magazines are already featuring stories on holiday entertaining. Here’s a favorite essay from Writing Home – reprinted with the hope that it will set the tone for a more relaxed holiday season at your house ….    The Secret of Stress-free […]

French adventure

Life itself is the proper binge” — Julia Child One of the challenges — and pleasures — of maintaining old friendships is finding new ways to surprise each other. Last weekend, it was my turn to host a few women in my neighborhood who’ve been close for more than two decades. For our semi-annual gatherings, […]

Useful and beautiful

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris After quitting Facebook and limiting the hours I spend online daily, I’ve suddenly reclaimed more time to dig into household projects I’d been putting off for ages. Borrowing my mantra from William Morris, founder […]

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