Do You Love the Place Where You Live?

Do you love the place where you live? Its backyards and alleys, its houses and people? Do you love its weather (physical, political, and otherwise)? Is it a place where spirits soar? Can you identify its colors, its faults, its charms? Does it accommodate art and embrace differences? Does it know where the wild things are and…

Forget-Me-Not, from “100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names”

March came in like a lion this year, and the weather here is quite wicked at the moment, but I’m thinking of gardening and, particularly, of flowers. One of the most fascinating and charming books ever written on the subject of flora is Diana Wells’s 100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names.  I have…

A Little Art History: Picasso’s Family of Saltimbanques

I’ve been thinking a lot about art lately. Back in December, I wrote a post about being an avid art lover in the first half of my life, and how that passion had basically faded to the degree that I’m no longer keen on going to museums — my tastes having narrowed to the point where I…