Happy June, friends

This page should be blank. This issue was perilously close to being unpublished, each story unfinished and photos just dangling up in the cloud. I’ve been distracted, detained and otherwise engaged most of the month, my work way down at the bottom of the list of priorities. Sorry, but it’s true. You see, I became … Continued

That’s my mom, Emily.

My mom Emily kept a pink Avon lipstick, clear plastic rain hat, white comb, A&P coupons and a few clean tissues in her purse at all times. She wore an apron on Sundays when she made dinner, still dressed for church where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school.  She served on the  … Continued

Spring? Is that you?

I hate paper towels. I buy two rolls each year, just before Thanksgiving. With more meals being prepared by more hands in the kitchen, I bow down to the handiness of these earth crushing rectangles of convenient absorbency. The two rolls last until February or so. Then, it’s back to using dish clothes, towels and … Continued

Hello friends,

For a story in our sister magazine, BuckHaven Lifestyle, I had the honor of spending the morning with Laura and Rutherford Seydel in their Buckhead home. The two are environmental activists and built the country’s first LEED-certified home 12 years ago. She learned to make the earth a priority from her father, Ted Turner, who … Continued

Hello lovers!

I used to be a big fan of the engagement announcements in the Sunday New York Times. Those pages were the icing on the tiered cake after reading every word of the Sunday Styles section. The fairytale stories of often unlikely and finally requited love in “Weddings/Celebrations” were often like Hallmark movie scripts. I mean, … Continued

Happy New Year Superstars

I thought rather than wax poetic about the importance of resolutions, sit-ups  or meditation, I’d share a recipe to help your gut. That’s my weak link, you see. Lee Homes’ apple cider gummy bears are on our cover. I found silicone gummy bear molds online and will be giving these a try. I’ll let you know, on … Continued

Happy Holidays, One and All

For the first time ever, my children will not all be under my roof for the holiday.  They are 18, 21 and 26, all independent creative humans. I love being with them, not only because I am their mother, but also because they are interesting, engaging, political, funny and… good helpers in the kitchen.  I … Continued

It’s finally fall, friends!

  My mother taught at a cooperative preschool for more than 20 years. She was gentle, cheerful and encouraging. Everything a preschooler (or daughter) needed. On Thanksgiving, we would unwrap the porcelain turkey shaped salt and pepper shakers and she would task me and my sister with the job of making place cards. We would … Continued

Hello foodies

  Elevated burgers, craft cocktails, seasonal beers, hand tacos, roasted Brussels sprouts, cauliflower pureé, kimchi this and kale that, farm-to-table here and dock-to-table there. I like all food trends. They are fun and sometimes even tasty. But mostly, trying something new builds our confidence and gives us perspective.   I remember begging my mother to … Continued

Hello Lovelies!

When I was in eighth grade, my brother gave me a book of fashion photographs by Richard Avedon. This little Midwest girl shopped at The Gap and some other long-gone boutique in the local mall. I was a short tomboy with zero fashion sense but knew that book was something special. The only thing I … Continued