Day 16 Gratitude – Technology

Some of you will remember the desperate hopefulness of sitting through the dial-up internet’s obnoxious BE-bawbawbawbawbaw, hoping, waiting for AOL to finally open and hope you could get everything you wanted done before it disconnected again and you had to restart the process. I am simply astounded that from a teeny rectangle that I can…

Day 15 Gratitude – Angels

Talking about angels could seem like SUCH a kitschy, overdone, cutesie theme, but the angels in my life certainly warrant a day of focus and gratitude. So let’s go back to what an angel is. An angel is defined as a spiritual being who is thought to act as a messenger from God / the…

Day 12 – My Four Pillars

If there is one consistent source of gratitude that has run the course of my entire life, it is my family – the one I had the great fortune of being born into.  I am talking about Tom Burke, Bonnie Burke, Joy Zagar, and Jimmy Burke.  They challenge, support, motivate, model, listen, advise, and most…

Day 11 Gratitude – “Elisabeth”

Oh that rush of energy to the brain when learning a new skill! The heightened senses and sensitivity to detail when exploring a new city on your own! One of the most enjoyable experiences of my thirties is DEFINITELY my haute couture embroidery classes with Elisabeth Roulleau-Gasbarre. I had been looking at ways to bring my art…

Day 10 Gratitude – Letting Go

Imagine if the humble dandelion refused to let her seeds go on the breath of the wind.  All the missed opportunities for growth and expansion! It has occurred to me that everything and everyone we bring into our life represents an exchange of energy.  I, for one, get very attached to people and things, especially…

Day 8 Gratitude – Minimalism

The adage goes “Out with the old, in with the new.” And just when WHEN did we become a culture where new was all the time, every day, sometimes several times a day???  How did we let ourselves get so brainwashed into thinking that new was somehow equivalent to better? Luciano and I were preparing…

Day 2 Gratitude – Motherhood

Motherhood.  What could I possibly say about a subject that is so universal and yet so personal?  What could I say which has not already been said thousands of times before?  I had to dig deep for this particular piece for sure.  My personal experience of being a mom to 2 adorable girls is that…

DAY 1 Gratitude – True North

Ten years ago, I was facing another failing relationship and seriously wondering whether I wasn’t just really hard to get along with.  Perhaps my life would be a series of love stories which I would cherish for the time they lasted and then continually move on when they ceased to bring joy.  And instead of…

Meet Gertrude – my little old lady

This is the story of how I discovered that furniture restoration is not my calling. Meet Gertrude.  We inherited little old Gertie with the purchase of our little old house.  She is indeed very very old, but has such nice bones, doesn’t she? Well, I decided she needed a second (or maybe third or fourth)…

How bad do you want this?

Wow.  Just wow.  In looking at my last post, it strikes me how much change my little family and I have undergone. We have: moved house, started renovating said house, had another gorgeous baby girl we named Eleonora Frances, sent other baby off to her first and now her second year of preschool, changed jobs…

The traces we leave

We’ll be moving house in a couple months, and I’ve started slowly slowly packing away decorative items that have made our apartment a home these past 3.5 years.  Once emptied, it’s interesting to see the footprints we leave behind from loving a place.  The traces of photo frames, empty nails, and scribbled dates recording Camilla’s…