Category Archives: living

5 Simple Joys: Nashville

When you live in Chicago, Nashville is the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway for that small-but-important weather upgrade. My husband and I spent a recent weekend in Nashville in order to visit the Antiques and Garden Show. On Super Bowl Sunday, ready for an afternoon of exploring, we headed to the charming 12 […]

5 Simple Joys: Podcasts

A good percentage of my adult life was spent driving my son to various sports practices. The soundtrack of those years was NPR: not only did it keep me entertained (and informed) but I like to think some of it rubbed off on my backseat passengers. Now, my day is not complete without a long […]

5 Simple Joys: Seattle

I’ve always been a fan of the weekend trip: sufficient time to visit favorite spots, but not lingering to the point that you feel you’ve seen everything and wish that you’d booked an earlier return flight. (My motto: Always Leave Them Wanting More.) And so, after years away (we last visited in 2011), I found […]

My Stuff

One of my favorite recurring features in Vanity Fair magazine is “My Stuff”, probably because 1. it tends to feature interesting people; not just the celebrity du jour  2. I love details! and 3. I enjoy playing “could we be friends” based on those details. (For example, I’m convinced Sofia Coppola and I would get along: we’d […]

Susan Branch: Author Extraordinaire

Some people have all the luck. And then some people have both luck and talent. Susan Branch is one of those people; a natural artist who writes like a close girlfriend and lends an undercurrent of sweetness to everything she does.* My introduction to her work was her very first book, Heart of the Home […]