Hillbilly Chic

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. This morning I found myself behind the wheel of an old pickup truck, towing a vintage, broken-down Land Rover through town and up a VERY, VERY steep hill. It was absolutely crazy. But its done. And now my husband thinks that I am even cooler than he did before.

site redesign

I am in the middle of a redesign for my WHOSIEPIE site. Its very exciting as I have been wanting to take care of this for ages...years...nearly a decade, actually. When you are a DO-IT-YOURSELFer this comes in a big package. SO, check it out so far. I will alert you when its really groovin' but for now you can see that it's just a little prettier than before and not so template-ish.

Dear Caroline, Chris, Madeline and Max,

We just received your LOVELY gift on our SNOWY doorstep! Thank you so much. WE LOVE THEM and can't wait to try the LAVA CAKES. Can't think of a better time than now? Snowed in by the Xmas Tree...

We especially loved the cards from the kids! Thanks guys!! Merry Christmas to all of you and we love and miss you!

Inaugural Poet

Yesterday, I heard Elizabeth Alexander on NPR. She is the Inaugural Poet and a Professor of African-American Studies at Yale.

I loved this poem of hers that she'd read aloud on air - especially the part about "what you find in the dirt in the corner, overhear on the bus, God in the details...".

So inspiring. My eyes are wide open for inspiration as I venture into my new studio in 2009.

Here's her poem:

Ars Poetica #100: I Believe

Poetry, I tell my students,
is idiosyncratic. Poetry

is where we are ourselves,
(though Sterling Brown said

“Every ‘I’ is a dramatic ‘I’”)
digging in the clam flats

for the shell that snaps,
emptying the proverbial pocketbook.

Poetry is what you find
in the dirt in the corner,

overhear on the bus, God
in the details, the only way

to get from here to there.
Poetry (and now my voice is rising)

is not all love, love, love,
and I’m sorry the dog died.

Poetry (here I hear myself loudest)
is the human voice,

and are we not of interest to each other?


Nothing Like A Baby By the Xmas Tree...

No, she is NOT mine. But she is my dear friend, Devon's -- and she is an angel.
And she has a natural ability to make everything seem better than okay at any moment.

LEIVA Trunk Show This Friday!

My friend, Mandy Carroll-Leiva will be having a Trunk Show THIS FRIDAY 12/12 from 3-7pm. She'll have lots of fun and sparkly jewels on hand...
Come and check it out!
Details are here.

Holiday Stroll Tonight

Tonight is the annual HOLIDAY STROLL in Chester. Its bound to be cozy fun.
MERGIRL is having a 50% off SALE -- if thats not cozy enough???

Local Flavor

A great article about local restaurant River Tavern and friend, Jonathan Rapp.
His restaurant is an all-time favorite in our cozy little town and we love all that they do.
I might add -- River Tavern T-shirt design by Yours Truly.


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