Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cabin Life

Have just returned from a two and a half week vacation that included several different parts, a number of which I will discuss, don't you fear, in due course here. But right off the bat I have to tell you about this amazing cabin we stayed in. Perched on the Washington state side of the Columbia River Gorge, we originally chose it off of airbnb primarily for it's location. In the photos on the site it looked nice. But when we got there we discovered it was actually amazing. So utterly charming while not the least precious; so full of books and other treasures; so delightfully situated between woods, meadow, and river; and somehow just so inherently profoundly relaxing a place to be. We were enchanted. And renewed. This cabin can be booked here and it is also a bargain.

Monday, July 21, 2014


Is there anything more gut-wrenching-ly endearing than a sleeping child?

Friday, June 27, 2014

YCBA // Pier 24 // Cult // Asian // SFMOMA

I have been seeing just a ton of art lately. So much so, in fact, that I find it necessitates a kind of grab-bag Art Friday post today to encompass it all, or else I'd still be telling you in August about the stuff I've seen in the past couple of weeks.

So, here's the scoop--

Above: my favorite piece from the show Public Intimacy: And Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa at the Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts (where you get a discount on your ticket if you're a public transit rider or library card holder!) was this one by Terry Kurgan.

Erica Deeman's solo show at Pier 24 (the first solo show they've ever had there) was stunningly beautiful.

I'm a big fan of Michelle Blade's artwork (full disclosure, she's also working on a book for me--yay!) and her recent show at Cult Exhibitions was a pure delight.

And the Gorgous show that the Asian Art Museum has put up in partnership with the SFMOMA gave me a chance to see some favorite SFMOMA pieces I've been missing since they closed down for construction a year ago, engaged in interesting dialogs with some favorite peices from the Asian's collection. Here are a few of my favorite moments in the show:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Poem Series About the Spring of 2006 Continues Today on Poetry Thursday

April 13, 2006
Today when I went out to lunch

it was not only sunny
brightly abundantly gloriously ridiculously goldenly sunny
but also


so warm that I took off my coat
rolled it up in a ball
stuffed it in my purse
and walked away down the street
with only the sunshine on my skin

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Yet Another Launch

Looking back, I see that I have talked here many times before about that grand old publishing institution known as Launch (and it emerges that, somewhat embarrassingly, frivolous soul that I am, what I've talked about most often is what I was wearing for Launch. Ah well). But I don't think I've ever mentioned before the great joy of being done with Launch--of symbolically divesting yourself of the task of launching, along with actually divesting yourself of your fancy shoes and changing into your dorky sneaks along with your nice dress to walk home in. But now I have.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A House Divided

We've been working, chez nous, on ways to modify our small space to best accommodate the fastest-growing member of our family. So imagine my awe and voyeuristic delight upon discovering Vlad Mishin's design for "The Transformer Apartment" on Design Milk. Clocking in at just 645 square feet, this pad has various moving elements that divide the space for different uses as needed. Pure genius. Floor-plan is at the bottom of the post for the floor-plan-inclined among you (you know who you are).

Monday, June 23, 2014


Mabel calls her paternal grandmother her "Nooe" (pronounced No-ee, like the street Noe in San Francisco). Here they enjoy a snuggle on the porch in North Carolina.