This is my symphony

What I read & what I lived …

This time of year I daydream about an idyllic Christmas shopping experience that is a far-stretch from mall shopping: pretty store fronts, quaint little shops, lighted trees, carols in floating on the breeze. Throw in a few fluffy snowflakes and I’ve got a perfect evening, something a little Norman Rockwell with a dash of Chicago boutique. Yesterday …

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The stockings are hung (although sadly, there’s no chimney), the candles lit, and creche arranged–it’s the most wonderful time of the year! And every year for the past twenty-something, I’ve added Susan Branch’s Christmas From the Heart of the Home to the stack of holiday books on my coffee table. Branch inks and watercolors every …

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  I’d just finished writing my last post, stacked  my coffee mug on my book, bustling to straighten the living room and get on with my day. So imagine my delight on finding I’d written the post all thewhile sipping from my Anne Tyler mug, gifted to me nearly 23 years ago to the day by …

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