Just posted a new book review ....

I just published my book review of Robert Toole's Landscape Gardens on the Hudson at http://artbookreviewblogger.blogspot.com...more

A Late-Blooming Gardener

As a kid, I couldn’t fathom why my mom killed time on an activity so inexplicably dorky as gardening. During the spring and summer, I was far too busy with matters of great consequence, like final exams, prom dress shopping, basketball camp, and endless reruns of Gilligan’s Island. In college, I’d laugh and roll my eyes at the detailed play-by-play of blooming perennials in Mom’s weekly letters. Boooo-ring! I snickered, in that all-knowing teenagerly way, off to drill verb conjugations in Russian 102. I couldn’t imagine myself expending energy on anything so prosaic as toiling away in the soil. I imagined some vague future career for myself involving designer suits and exotic adventures far from sleepy Nashville, Tennessee....more

The Butterfly Diaries: Yellow Swallowtail

One weekend when the children were small we took them to visit their Grandparents in Pennsylvania....more

Small Comforts

 Our family is in the midst of a major crisis....more

Cycles of Life

Post transatlantic voyage we stayed at this family flat for a month, allora, 8 yrs on, we're back in Riva for another lovely month of Sundays.......more

The Cycle Of life

Get Outdoors and Grow Your Own Vegetables

How often do you consider the journey of your fruit and vegetables? They’ve been sowed into soil and carefully tended to, before being harvested and transported for your roast dinner....more

Happiness Is...

...on the decline for women according to a study on HuffingtonPost.  Maureen Dowd, who's never pretended to be happy puts on her own spin.  I like Dowd, she's bitter and a stereotypical NY'er and very good at her job. I begrudge her nothing, she's honest. ...more

There was an eposide on "Four Corners " an Australian news show about Italian women in ...more

Fruit Salad Day Serves Up Health and Nutrition

In line with the USDA’s recent ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ initiative, eighth graders at East Palo Alto Charter School held an event called “Fruit Salad Day” for their entire school on Sept. 17, 2009. The 15 students in the school’s Garden Elective class helped to wash, chop, mix, and serve seasonal fruits donated by farmers' markets in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto to more than 300 schoolmates. ...more

Kids + the garden = One fabulous home-grown lesson in horticulture

I’m the first to admit: as a kid, I was not all that helpful in the garden. By not all that helpful, I mean that my Dad and I spent a legendary afternoon (or, perhaps, a legendary 20 minutes, depending on who tells the story) when I “helped” pick beans at the community garden plot he cultivated when I was in middle and high school. My pre-teen attitude ensured I was never invited back to the garden again. ...more

I found out that most kids will only get involve when you make it seem like you're just ...more