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:


Tristezza for Trieste

Have you heard of Trieste – the presently Italian town of formerly Austro-Hungarian origins that enjoyed a short stint as an independent city-state after World War II? The New York Times ran a story about it last week, called Elegy on the Adriatic, that suggests...

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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

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Je me souviens

  Tonight, I am going through some old notes from a trip to Santiago, Chile. It was January of 2009. I stole a couple of hours from my busy schedule to visit an exhibit called “Frida y Diego: Vidas Compartidas” at La Moneda Cultural Center....