Category Family

Christmas Eve

First Christmas Eve in London.  Same trio as in recent years but without the familiar setting and trappings of home.  We didn’t try to reinvent our traditions (raclette!).  Instead we did what made sense in London:  take-away Indian food! After dinner we sat around the table talking far longer than it made sense to sit […]

Christmas Eve Day

  What a fun day!  Justin and I started the day with an early brunch** at The Elk in the Woods, which is just a few doors down from my flat.  (**Justin claims that anything before 10am doesn’t qualify as brunch and must be called breakfast; I’m just going to call it early brunch.)  The […]

Family portrait

When you’re all together only every few years, you best take a picture while you’re at it.

Alice in Wonderland


Eighteen people representing four generations, four states and two countries, all under one roof! The culinary winners? Justin’s yams and Lady’s apple pie. Love these people!

Uncling in Meridian

Thanksgiving week in Idaho! Justin went to work, and I got to play with the nieces and nephew and grandlady. My favorite lines of the day: “Uncle Jason, where’s all your hair going?” “Is the Queen nice? Does she wear yoga pants?” “Grandlady, you’re not old, you’re just wise!”


Fifteen years since I first came to Venice. I’m no longer a college student (too poor to do more than read Great Expectations on the piazza while other people ate dinner), but the city is still just as magical.