Manus x Machina – Happy Birthday, Days 1-3,

On Sunday afternoon, I saw MANUS x MACHINA: Fashion in an Age of Technology, an exhibit at The Met. The Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition explores “the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production [in the late 19th century].” The exhibit raises questions about this ongoing dichotomy, … More Manus x Machina – Happy Birthday, Days 1-3,

Lux et Veritas- Counting Down, Days 7-10

  This morning I sit in the sun-filled little kitchen of an historic 18th century Rhode Island home. It has rough-hewn beams and doorways so small that Cam must stoop to walk through them. Everything is from a different era, nothing is pretentious, but it is cozy and beautiful – reflecting the personal histories of its owners. The … More Lux et Veritas- Counting Down, Days 7-10

Humble and Kind – Counting Down, Days 11-12

Governor Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s Vice Presidential running mate, has been in the news for his critique of working mothers. Since there has never been evidence that children with mothers who work are less successful or well-adjusted, I decided to focus instead on what it does take to raise good kids, regardless of whether you stay home with them … More Humble and Kind – Counting Down, Days 11-12

The Bro Duos, the Help, and the Untouchables – Counting Down, Days 13-14

When Peter Jenkins wrote A Walk Across America, in 1979, he set out with feelings of disillusionment, but, along the way, he found new reason for faith and pride in our country and in himself. When I set out on a walk today, I was not disillusioned – in fact I was thrilled that the … More The Bro Duos, the Help, and the Untouchables – Counting Down, Days 13-14

This Way Up – Counting Down, Day 15

Verso: the back side of a work of art. Photograph: Mauritshuis, The Hague. Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665) and Vik Muniz’s replica of its back for his Verso exhibition (2016). Why, you might ask, would someone want to expose the backside of a painting? There are many wonderful reasons and examples from art history – sometimes the … More This Way Up – Counting Down, Day 15

Turkish Memories – Counting down, Days 16-17

Today, I decided that one positive way to deal with my grief about recent events in Turkey was to write about my travels there and the friendly Turkish people that welcomed three young travelers to their gorgeous country in the summer of 1984. That Spring, Ben, who had travelled from Israel to visit us in Florence, Italy, … More Turkish Memories – Counting down, Days 16-17