Candid Christmas… “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” Here we are again. As we approach the end of 2015 and peer into the swirling mists of the future, I thought that it might be fun to reminisce of Christmases Past. I have amassed quite a collection of vintage photos on Pinterest and thought that I would share some of my favorites for you to peruse while warming yourself with a hot cup of cocoa (maybe with a little something… Read more »

It may seem odd to some, but I have always found cemeteries to be calming and relaxing places. No matter how noisy the traffic on the outside, as soon as you step over the threshold all sound becomes muted, as if in reverence. When I was growing up, my home was not always the most peaceful or relaxing place, and many a weekend afternoon, I would walk the 10 minutes or so to the nearby graveyard to wander, or just sit and… Read more »

Memento mori (Latin: “remember you will die”) It’s October – the days are getting shorter and (thankfully!) cooler; the leaves are beginning to turn; the sudden morning chill is a reminder of the shifting seasons.  It is the time of Harvest and the ubiquity of pumpkin spice lattes – or pumpkin anything really…  It is also the month of Halloween! In a few short weeks, neighborhoods will be tyrannized by children demanding candy with menaces, while dressed as ghosts and witches, pirates and princesses.  We’ll scare each other with… Read more »