home, life, style

Snow Days!

I love snow days.  I hate snow, but I love snow days.  They’re one of the only socially sanctioned times to step back, slow down, savor silence and solitude.  I spent the long weekend of Blizzard Jonas holed up in my Virginia apartment and loved every second of it.  The time was like a good… Read More Snow Days!

life, style

What is luxury?

“What is luxury?” is an exhibit that opens today at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and a question I’ve pondered more and more during the years when I’ve had to rebuild a life. I think there are a few sine qua nons of luxury: quality materials, precise craftsmanship, aesthetic and sensual appeal, impeccable service, and… Read More What is luxury?

features, life, travel

The Pursuit of Happiness

  The straight-backed wooden bench felt smooth as I slid into my favorite time and place—the 18th century brought to Brigadoon-esque life in Colonial Williamsburg. It was early evening in late May, so daylight was still shining through the circular windows of the Capitol building’s House of Burgesses room, a reconstruction of the chamber where… Read More The Pursuit of Happiness

culture, history, life, travel

Cry Witch!

The polished wood gleams in the glow of flickering candles. It’s nighttime, and little moonlight breaks through the circular window panes in their cream-colored frames. Several dozen visitors have gathered in the courtroom of Colonial Williamsburg‘s dull-red brick Capitol building to serve as the jury in a recreated trial of Grace Sherwood, the “Virginia witch”.… Read More Cry Witch!