Happiness is…

                          To borrow heavily from the White Queen, sometimes I have defined happiness in as many as six different ways before breakfast. Happiness is: Sleeping in Waking up to the smell of fresh coffee Outdoor jog on a sunny morning More coffee + reading...

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The brewing thoughts of an amateur beer-lover (part I)

Being a beer connoisseur has long gone mainstream. Just like I do with wine, I tend to be completely satisfied with just loving it, without having to know all that much about it. After all, I hail from generations of vintners, who tended our small...


A rocky affair

Stones have always been a source of attraction and mystique for me. When I was very young, a friend told me that in its original form, a talisman was a stone with a hole in it. At that age, I hadn’t yet developed the requisite...


A spirited if somewhat pedestrian ode to Friday night

In my book, Friday night is sure to deliver on at least one promise – two mornings of optional sleeping in. It also arrives tastelessly mouthfull of unsubstantiated expectations about the monumental projects, respectful tasks or simply mundane chores that I smugly vow to complete...


Five Smile Prompters

The way our crazy cat Skitter naps:   An Italian dog’s ride:   Cat-ladder spotted in Florence:   Imaginative way to store a bike:   Street name:

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Book review: The Thoughtful Dresser

If I believed that when writing “The Thoughtful Dresser: The Art of Adornment, the Pleasures of Shopping, and Why Clothes Matter” Linda Grant had one single purpose in mind – to liberate us from the notion that caring about clothes and appearance is trivial and...


Window shopping