Second Snow

Last night's snow fell gently, coating each branch and berry in a sparkling, sugar cookie blanket of white. Though the flowers and leaves have disappeared, winter's backdrop unveils a skeletal beauty that summer disguises with its splendor.

California Wine Country

Oh Napa Valley, how I fell for you! Your sexy, curving roads thrilled. Your warm October breezes, heady with eucalyptus, rosemary, and grapes intoxicated. Your wine sated and delighted. And your food. Oh, your food! Each ingredient shining but not overpowering, casually lending just-yanked-from-the-garden character. And your insouciant beauty, from vista to vineyard lunch, aroused … Continue reading California Wine Country

Images from the Sail: Cape Elizabeth to Boston

We continued our journey from Casco Bay's Jewell Island to the bustling town of Freeport, where we spent an afternoon shopping, dining and stretching our sea legs. But this enjoyment proved to be short lived. I was anxious to return to more peaceful and unpopulated surroundings. Our next anchorage did not disappoint. Just off the … Continue reading Images from the Sail: Cape Elizabeth to Boston

Sailing Away

This Sunday, my daughter and I leave the boys behind and head east for a sailing trip with our Connecticut cousins.  We'll make our way from Cape Cod to Martha's Vineyard, then spend a long weekend in Edgartown.  I've been eagerly anticipating this trip from the moment we planned it and can't believe it's actually … Continue reading Sailing Away

This Weekend: Best of the Fest Children’s Film Series and The Antiques & Garden Fair

  Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the first installment of Best of the Fest Children's Film Series, produced by Chicago's Facets Multi-Media and presented at Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest.  Milos Stehlik (pictured above), founder of Facets, travels the world to find films for children that engage, entertain, and empower.  Last … Continue reading This Weekend: Best of the Fest Children’s Film Series and The Antiques & Garden Fair