The Case for Lawns

Today everything is covered in six inches of snow that arrived on the wings of a winter storm last night, but only a few days ago when I snapped this photo, the temperature was in the 50s and it felt like winter was breaking up. Having lived in Pennsylvania for most of my life, I know…

She Was Just Passing Through

She was just passing through, on her way to Alaska on her motorcycle with her black-and-tan Chihuahua dog tucked into a sidecar that served as his doghouse. I can’t remember her name, only what she looked like: a tall, big-boned woman with a wide, smiling face—her long dark hair pulled back into a ponytail—wearing leather…

Want.

There are so many cute bunny plates that I see in the Pottery Barn and Pier One catalogs. If I had room for more dishware I’d buy some, but I don’t, so I just enjoy looking at them. Here are some of my favorites (not necessarily from this year’s catalogs … I got caught up…

“Drunk as Drunk” — My favorite love poem by Pablo Neruda

DRUNK AS DRUNK Translated from the Spanish by Christopher Logue Drunk as drunk on turpentine From your open kisses, Your wet body wedged Between my wet body and the strake Of our boat that is made of flowers, Feasted, we guide it – our fingers Like tallows adorned with yellow metal – Over the sky’s…

Beautiful wintry quote from the novel Doctor Zhivago

“I love the warm, dry winter breath of the cellar, the smell of earth, roots, and snow that hits you the moment you raise the trap door as you go down in the early hours before the winter dawn, a weak, flickering light in your hand. “You come out; it is still dark. The door creaks…

The Sweet Nothingness of Cartier La Panthère Édition Soir perfume

A couple of months ago I ordered a bottle of a perfume I’d fallen deeply in love with — Must de Cartier — which I purchased through the Cartier website in order to get the older-style refill bottle. I’m really glad I did so! Their service was fast, the packaging was elegant, and they sent me spray…

Dreaming of summer and listening to Band of Horses

  Boxer and I have been dreaming about summer and listening to Band of Horses. This song, “Whatever, Whenever,”  has a wistful quality as well as shades of Beach Boys harmonics about it. Have a listen.

Keeping my Resolutions: Homemade Wonton Soup

In one of my “Five Easy Resolutions for the New Year” series, I resolved to learn how to make wonton soup, and now I can check it off my list (though I will definitely be making it again, it was that good). I followed this recipe — Simple Wonton Soup from The Woks of Life…

Topher Brophy and his dog Rosenberg

I’m not an Instagram follower, but seeing photos of Topher Brophy and his Aussiedoodle dog Rosenberg could make me a quick convert. Judging by the very earliest photo on their Instagram page, these two bonded very deeply from their first meeting, back when Rosenberg was a puppy and Brophy’s beard was a lot more trim….

Around the Neighborhood

I can see how I could write a bold account of myself as a passionate man who rose from humble beginnings to cut a wide swath in the world, whose crimes along the way might be written off to extravagance and love and art, and could even almost believe some of it myself on certain…

Inspiration

Maybe it’s a sign of aging: I went to Barnes & Noble a couple days ago to have a coffee and look at magazines, and I realized that I’m no longer as interested in the fashion magazines I used to spend hours poring over. I did sit and read one, but then went looking for…