outdoors

  • out and about: joshua tree.

    We’ve had a decidedly indoor series of days and so, I thought, it’d be nice to live vicariously through photos of a few decidedly outdoor days that we passed earlier in the month. We headed…

    March 21, 2016 11 Comments
  • springtime perfection, or close enough.

    I’ve always been something of a perfectionist apologist. Why not strive for perfection, I’ve thought. A little aspiration never hurt anyone, I’d say. And I still mostly stand by those words. But the problem with…

    March 14, 2016 31 Comments
  • indoor gardening with little guys.

    Yesterday I posted a photograph of our plecanthrus going gang-busters, and a few of you asked about how our plants have fared with a toddler in the house. The short answer is that while Faye…

    March 3, 2016 8 Comments
  • how to work better.

    My sister once told me to make sure I smile during interviews, even if they’re not on camera. You can hear a smile in a voice, she said, even if you can’t see it.…

    February 22, 2016 27 Comments
  • snow day.

     Just a little snow report for a Monday morning. We had exactly the snowy, time-stopping kind of weekend I’d wished for: Grilled cheese sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies with neighbors; a shoelace rope, a…

    January 25, 2016 18 Comments
  • cedar wreath

    solstice poem.

    iA tree hulks in the living-room, prickly monster, our hostagefrom the wilderness, preludeto light in this dark space of the yearwhich turns again toward the suntoday, or at least we hope so.Outside, a dead…

    December 22, 2015 1 Comments
  • the more they stay the same.

    I’m in the final stages of working with a designer to move my blog to a brighter, shinier, all-around-easier-to-use space next week. The changes won’t be anything too drastic. But I’m looking forward to…

    September 28, 2015 6 Comments
  • sunnyside daffs.

    The sun was too bright for taking photos, really. But the giant daffs are already on their way out and I liked the way the intense morning light illuminated these cheerful fellows. So, sun-drenched…

    April 28, 2015 5 Comments
  • pigeons in flight.

    I get an occasional note from readers who are mystified by my choice to live in New York City. All that subway taking. All those stairs to climb. That small apartment at the end of them.…

    April 21, 2015 20 Comments
  • early spring.

    You have to pay attention to see early spring. In the city especially. If you’re not careful you bemoan the fact that it’s still chilly and gray without noticing the pops of purple poking…

    April 14, 2015 8 Comments