Why I Don’t Lie About My Age

I’ve plucked gray hairs, sighed at the losing battle that is gravity, gained weight, lost weight, botoxed, detoxed, and unboxed thousands of dollars worth of “beauty” but I have never felt as confident in the skin sold to me by Madison Avenue as I do wearing the sun-kissed glow of an afternoon spent with my sons.

The Spring Collection

American designers launch their collections twice per year: the Fall collection is introduced at fashion markets in the spring and the spring collection in the fall (a calendar disconnect which makes it nearly impossible for me to speak about a collection without pausing to correct myself first). The spring launch is out of sync withContinue reading “The Spring Collection”

Nationalism with a Slice of Lemon

Here in the UK, sitting at the Pub, having a very proper American tea time. I prefer mine over ice, with a bendy straw, and a slice of lime, but when in Rome … I suppose a lemon will have to do. We’re forecast to have sun today, but I’ll be sporting my red ‘brollyContinue reading “Nationalism with a Slice of Lemon”

My Gear List

Prepping for my next big voyage: Toronto, Amsterdam, and London. Is it in bad taste if I thank the tragic Ebola outbreak for saving my Labor Day weekend and cancelling my leg in Pretoria? Figured I’d share my packing lists: After a luggage-check mishap in the UK earlier this year I am now firmly committed toContinue reading “My Gear List”

The Autumn Metronome

Summer begins its slow fade into autumn, and our harvest reminds me of my abundance. My apple trees are heavy, peaches overwhelm every inch of counter space, and every meal I make. Fat heirloom tomatoes can be eaten at the peak of ripeness with only salt and pepper. And, my well-earned tan lines will beginContinue reading “The Autumn Metronome”

Purple Haze and Lackadaisical Labor Days

Once upon a time, labor day weekend, a full tank of gas, and a topless baby blue CJ7 were all it took to make me smile in that way that made my cheekbones hurt. I know I was that girl, but I don’t remember her much anymore. I remember tucking my hair under a grimy knitContinue reading “Purple Haze and Lackadaisical Labor Days”

Lunch with King Ding and Snotting Cat-Beef on a Shanghai Lazy Susan

When Kingful Ding of Shanghai, China (no, I am not making that name up) asked me to be the guest of honor at a lunch in his villa I accepted the invitation with enthusiasm. It’s not everyday I get asked to lunch at a villa in Shanghai, and there wasn’t really a polite way for meContinue reading “Lunch with King Ding and Snotting Cat-Beef on a Shanghai Lazy Susan”

Watching a Train Wreck Play with Fire

“Burrito plates are hot!” Once upon a time, after about the billionth time burning my fingers on the scalding porcelain plate in my over-enthusiasm to get to a microwave burrito, I decided to commit this important lesson to my soul by repeating it fifteen times in a row.  Every once in a while I still forget, andContinue reading “Watching a Train Wreck Play with Fire”

Delightfully Chaotic

“She is delightfully chaotic; A beautiful mess. Loving her is a splendid adventure.” – Steve Maraboli A colleague once introduced me as “the most fascinating whirling dirvish” she’d ever met. It was one of the greatest compliments I have ever received. Although, perhaps what she meant was, “She’s a chaotic mess, but at least she’sContinue reading “Delightfully Chaotic”

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