Retail Therapy

I wrote this piece a while ago and it has since been in the hands of editors at The New York Times, Slate, The Atlantic Monthly, Elle, More and O Magazine. I’m fortunate in that I received positive feedback from everyone at those publications even…

Magical Realism

Most months, Elle Magazine has a gem buried within its pages. It’s usually small and often lies between lipsticks and shoes – a surprise. Sometimes it’s entertaining, sometimes it’s informative, sometimes it’s imagery is unusual and arresting. This is true with Magical Realism, a whimsical layout in…

Myrna

I nominate you Miss Myrna Adele Williams of Radersburg, Montana – otherwise known as Myrna Loy for rising above how others saw you early in your career. For never giving up. For considering yourself an overnight success after appearing in more than 100 films mostly as a…

Easy As Pecan Pie

My mother secretly consumed candy bars and 7-Up and sometimes pastrami sandwiches in the middle of the night, yet she never seemed to gain an ounce. She was thin and glamorous and loved pecans and chocolate and the New York Times. I baked this pie…

From The Land

From The Land, written by Daniel P. Gregory, former senior home editor of Sunset Magazine, and gorgeously photographed by Erhard Pfeiffer, looks at the warm, elegant work of award-winning West Coast architect Howard Backen with a lean and restrained eye.     This volume, the first in a…