What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Maybe you’re going out on the town, maybe you’re watching the ball drop in Times Square, maybe you’re planning to stay in and watch When Harry Met Sally, which is a perfect movie for New Year’s Eve (and the late Carrie Fisher is in it, terrific as ever in a supporting role). But if you’re not…

Field of Dreams

Three to four days a week I go running through the agricultural research fields that border my neighborhood. They are the property of the nearby university and go on for miles, and when I’m descending a particular hill in the middle of this vast acreage, I can see the fields spread out below me like…

Every Day Is A Winding Road

When I first acquired my pet rabbit, a year and a half ago, I had him set up in a hutch in my yard, which was the way I thought rabbits were kept. As soon as the little girl who is my next-door neighbor saw him, she came over to get acquainted and find out…

The Street Art of David Zinn

My mom sent me an email today with a whole bunch of photos — all of them pictures of the charming and whimsical street art of David Zinn, an artist from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Not only are his works enchanting, they are temporary, composed entirely with  chalk, charcoal and found objects (like sidewalk cracks and grates,…

Christmas Memories

It’s Christmas Eve and I’m wrapping presents — my family will be here tomorrow night to receive them and have Christmas dinner with us. Now that everyone is older and the kids (my nieces) are all grown up, presents aren’t a big deal … there is less stuff to wrap, so doing it is pretty…

The Super Coziest Holiday Tune

I’ve been in love with Lyle Lovett for years, and paired with Kat Edmonson, the two of them make the holiday classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside” absolutely purr. Click the link to hear them perform it (thank you, YouTube user “jaygeiser”, for posting it). Oh, and pass me the cocoa, will you?

Spontaneous Homage No. 2

The wind grazing my cheek, lifting my hair, and something more: an intimate awareness of everything I am moving through — air, weather, distance, scenery, elevation, and the path beneath my feet -– every point of connection and all of it changing from mile to mile; the way it quiets my mind, whether I’m coasting along…

A Scent to Sweeten One’s Dreams

Recently I ordered a bottle of perfume from Beautyhabit.com, an online store that bills itself as a “modern luxe apothecary” and lives up to that description (I could browse their website all day long). Having ordered from them in the past, I knew that I would get some complimentary samples with my package, but because…