Sealed with A Kiss

This month I am mourning the loss of what I consider a most exquisite art form ~ letter writing. That gem that comes by post, beautiful paper or an artful or funny card wrapped in an envelope which travels to me by way of a small square depicting art or culture or history pasted to…

Into Africa

Baroness Karen von Blixen, who wrote under the pen name Isak Dinesen, famously shared her life as a Danish expat living and working on a coffee plantation in Kenya in her lovely memoir, Out of Africa. In that account, she writes that she has a song of Africa that floods her with memories and longing…

‘Tis the Season

The Thanksgiving turkey is barely cooled and eaten by the time the holiday season bursts out in full force. An incongruously named day, Black Friday, is ironically the day designated to kick off the season of Light although many people have decorations up long before the Thanksgiving weekend and retailers decorate weeks before that. Personally…