My __________ Valentine

Contemporary art isn’t pretty. At least not always. It need not be beautiful but rather can be judged by its power. Its message. The feelings it stirs. The universal truths it exposes. Any loveliness is fortunate but may be purely incidental. This is the case I made to Randy, and why I needed to ownContinue reading “My __________ Valentine”

Requiem for Joy

After my big bummer of a 2017 recap, here’s a happy little family holiday album, my own little meditation on all that is right and good. I’ve thrown myself into the Christmas spirit this year with untarnished abandon and have chosen to be unapologetically happy. Turns out, I am ravenous. When in early December IContinue reading “Requiem for Joy”

In Gratitude for My Sabbatical

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller, on school truancy “They’re giving you time off for good behavior?” – A former colleague, upon learning of my plans A sabbatical. Three weeks off, and then a week away at a work-sponsored conference/retreat.Continue reading “In Gratitude for My Sabbatical”

Sweet & Sour Summer Scrapbook

It was the summer of Charlottesville. Of the steady continuation of political madness. Of spending lots of money and yet somehow not going anywhere interesting. Of piled up work deadlines in a badly understaffed office. Of my best friend moving to a different hemisphere. Of family obligations. Of other people traveling. Of sheetcaking and weightContinue reading “Sweet & Sour Summer Scrapbook”

Entertaining Parents

“When are the first customers arriving?!” Robin’s question came right on time, at noon. “Honey, they’re guests, not customers. And no one shows up at the beginning. People are shy about being the first ones here.” And so began the litany of questions. An avalanche of chicken nuggets slid from the oven. A dozen peopleContinue reading “Entertaining Parents”

Summer Camp for Grownups

Grand Camp is the best kept secret of parenting, if you have engaged and bodily able parents like I do. A remote location like Pittsburgh helps. Robin is at sleep-away camp this week, spending 12 days with my parents, bouncing between their households and visiting the driving range, baseball games, amusement parks and the pool.Continue reading “Summer Camp for Grownups”

Domestication

We retreat to the mountains for Memorial Day, our Prius silently easing into a parking spot at the mountainside timeshare condo. We have to shoo away the deer as we unload. We all have our roles to play. It happens gradually. We get comfortable in our job. The mortgage kicks in. A couple extra pounds.Continue reading “Domestication”

A Note About the Block We’re Leaving

  Here is a little something I wrote up ahead of the open house we’re holding this weekend to sell our home. We love you all, neighbors. And we will miss seeing each of you on a daily or weekly basis. Thank you for being such good neighbors and becoming such dear friends.  This isContinue reading “A Note About the Block We’re Leaving”

Snow Day Craftiness

It’s a little like The Shining, I tell my mother. She’s in Florida for the week, and we are on our weekly snow day, the first of two in a row this week, the fifth in a month of heavy snow and ice storms. This is before the thunder snowstorm starts. Swearing off the hysteriaContinue reading “Snow Day Craftiness”