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The little decorator

September 22, 2011

The other evening there was a unexpected knock on the door and when I opened it there stood three boys from about ages 7-10 trying to sell things to raise money for school. The eldest boy was clearly the leader; he spoke first, he stood tall, and he seemed very boyish. The middle one stood quietly beside the eldest, holding props as the first one spoke. The youngest…

Letting Go

November 1, 2005

We shall all be very much happier when we learn to transform the things we have into a semblance of our ideal. How, then, may we go about accomplishing our ideal? By letting it go! By forgetting this vaguely pleasing dream, this evidence of our smug vanity, and making ourselves ready for a new ideal. By considering the body of material from which it is good sense to…

Buying the best I can.

January 10, 2005

With purchasing for the home, slow and well done is the motto. Rather than buying, I look at investing and therefore purchasing things that will not have to be replaced for many, many years. So instead of buying something just because, or picking up the cheapest that will surely break, I’m buying the best I can so that instead of thinking about home and what doesn’t work and…

Finding home

December 31, 2004

I found myself at four yesterday in desperate need of tea – something soothing, calming, and relaxing. The day had been spent looking at this flat and that, combing the streets for something, going off leads from the paper and strangers alike. The pickings at this point are slim – at the end of the month mostly everything is gone and what’s left isn’t all that great. But…

Creating the Kitchen

December 8, 2004

I’ve never been a cook but not for the usual reason of hating to cook. It’s been more that I’ve never had to. I’ve always lived in great places where, as a single girl, it was cheaper to eat out than cook a meal. I had roommates who were chefs and loved to feed me. Now, with being so close to Whole Foods I find myself buying their…

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