I 'd like to tell you that I've been in the Bahamas where, according to the 12-year old, everyone went but she for winter break, but no, I've been slogging through the week with another sinus infection. I'm on my second round of antibiotics. I've decided that today I just have to spend the day in the house, trying to replenish my energy. All the kids are home this weekend. Chris went up to Jess's college for a few days and they came home together. The youngest went to the Hamptons for a long weekend with her aunt. Above is... Read more →

Watercolor Magic

This weekend, I was thirsting for color. We had a little reprieve from the cold, and a lot of the snow melted, leaving our browned, naked lawns to stare at. Then Sunday the arctic blast came through and we huddled once more around the fire. I wore my red velvet blouse for dinner at Maria's, but it wasn't enough to slake my thirst for something bright and beautiful. I hauled out the acrylics and some canvases and began a painting of one of my journal pages from our vacation last summer on the Cape. I had to pick up some... Read more →


It is not an auspicious beginning to Valentine's Day when you wake up with your little girl in your bed and your husband in her bed because he was snoring so much. It is not an auspicious beginning to Valentine's Day when the phone rings - twice - at 6:30 a.m. (You dropped it and disconnected it the first time) and it is your husband's work with a problem and now he is off to the office for the day. It is not an auspicious beginning to Valentine's Day when you realize that you ate several of the small heart... Read more →

Soul Place

My friend, Betsy, wrote a beautiful post on our email list about the power of place for her in her mountain home in the Carolinas. She is drawn to the mountains the way I am drawn to the ocean, finding peace and serenity in the nature that the mountains hold in their rugged embrace. I am a water girl, a true Aquarian. I was raised in a city on Long Island Sound and from the earliest days, I found solace and release in the water, swimming in the gentle waves, diving down deep and doing somersaults, jumping off the float... Read more →

12th p.m.

My birthday was a simple, satisfying day. My morning deposition busted, so I got back to the office early. My staff warned me not to have lunch before I got back. They gave me flowers and balloons, including a "cake" made of flowers which was delightful. We couldn't do a big out to lunch day because we are all so swamped, but we had take out in the conference room and shared a big slice of mud pie. I came home to our dining room all decorated with streamers and balloons, courtesy of my little one. I passed my husband... Read more →

The 12th

So it's my birthday. Big whoop. Really, I'm in a very good mood considering: 1. it's grey and cold 2. I have a deposition for half the day, then have to prep for a trial for tomorrow 3. my husband is bringing home "take-out chicken" as a treat for dinner since he gets home too late to cook. 4. it's the last year before a significant milestone I guess I should have taken the day off, but my theory was that I would save the day and take it off in spring. I want to be home on one of... Read more →

Learning to See

I am reading "Outside Lies Magic" by John R. Stilgoes (the link is below in my book list). The subtitle of the book is "Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places." Stilgoe writes: "The whole concatenatin of wild and artifical things, the natural ecosystem as modified by people over the centuries, the built environment layered over layers, the eerie mix of sounds and smells and glimpses neither natural nor craft - all of it is free for the taking, for the taking in. * * * Outside lies utterly ordinary space open to any casual explorer willing to find the... Read more →

Bring in Da Funk

For one of the few times in the last ten years, I actually knew most of the performers at the Grammys. This is one of the benefits of having two teens and pre-teen. I did miss hearing Norah Jones perform, but her new CD is out tomorrow and I"ll be at Borders to buy it this week. She was a presenter and came out wearing a simple tux jacket, black pants and pink shell. She looked like a little kid next to all the hip hoppers, jammers, and over-the-top funk artists. It was great! But the highlight of the evening... Read more →

Saturday Blogger

The phone rang late last night, after 11:00. I was still up, reading a book that had arrived in the mail. It was IC (my dear Inner Critic). She sounded depressed, though I could hear pounding music in the background. "Where are you?" "At a club, downtown." "What's the matter?" "Nuthin." I knew she'd had a few apple martinis by her lack of precise King's English diction as she liked to refer to her speaking voice. "IC, you usually don't call me after 11:00 from a club for "nuthin". "Why haven't you posted a blog entry all week?" This took... Read more →

Stuck at Home

Still sick, relapsed even. Pain in ear and jaw. Called in sick for only the third day in 18 months and still felt guilty about it. Told I basically have to come in tomorrow because we are so low on manpower and court parts have to be covered. Icy rain falling now into tomorrow. Problem is I really feel worse. Can't enjoy a day at home. Dear sister took pity on me and dropped off a chicken so I could make chicken soup (who else is going to do it for me??) Mail brought letter encouraging son to apply to... Read more →