A firm foundation

We are all familiar with the parable of the wise man who built his house upon the rock from the Gospel of Matthew. The rock in the story is, of course, the teachings of Jesus. But ladies, I’m here to tell you that this principle applies to many things, chief among them fashion. Just as…

The mark of the Rooster

January 23, 2012, marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year – the year of the Dragon. The Dragon is probably the most auspicious sign in the Chinese zodiac and this coming year is supposed to be one of progress, prosperity, and success. One can only hope. All I knew of chinoiserie growing up was…

A Brownie no more

It’s that time of year again. The time when smart little girls dressed in sashes heavy with the badges of their accomplishment implore you to fund their pursuit of “courage, confidence and character” through the purchase of sweet treats – Girl Scout cookies. And it is at this time every year I am reminded of…

Talking to the dead

I recently found myself alone in a car traveling a bleak and rainy back road with the ashes of a man whom I have never met. Alone for two hours. “What did you do?” said my friend, as I relayed to her my somewhat odd circumstance. “I talked to him,” I answered, honestly. I mean,…