This past April on a visit to Los Angeles to celebrate my brother-in-law
Alexis’ birthday, we took a side trip to Joshua Tree, the national park in the Mojave
Desert with one particularly remarkable architectural and
experiential surprise attraction… The Integratron!The Integratron – 38 foot hig...
I’ve long had a fascination with social insects, species that live in
group integration, division of
labor, and overlap of generations. It all started with the book The
Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration, an intriguing read
about the cooperation and communication of th...
Another day, another scintillating exploration of the Hudson Valley, this time to Manitoga, Russel Wright’s home and studio
built on the rock ledge of an old quarry. View of the Hudson from nearby Cold Spring. Reminds me of a Japanese
wood block print.Russel Wright was one of the best known designers of the 19...
Total Eclipse Seeking in Missouri
This summer I journeyed to middle America, in the path of
the total eclipse of the sun. A
longtime family friend who spends part of her summer each year at her family
home in Windsor, Missouri invited us to join her for the occasion. Both small
town Missouri and the celestial event greatly exceeded my expectations. It w...
Catskills Escape and a Soiree on the Railway
The first weekend of August, my husband and I celebrated our
6th wedding anniversary (and 14 years!) by escaping to the Catskills
Soiree on the Railway put on by the charming And North collective. We made a
weekend of it, arriving at the Arts and Crafts style Deer Mountain Inn in Tannersville, NY Friday
Wood and Canvas Canoe DIYWH (with help)
My husband, Morgen, and I bought a country house in
Northwestern Connecticut. I wanted to get a canoe, specifically a basic plastic
or Kevlar one that we didn’t have to be precious about – my husband is also an
architect and is meticulous and I didn’t want canoeing to be a stressful
experience. He asked aroun...
Off the Grid: Mohonk Mountain House
There's a magical place right outside New York City. Lake Mohonk Mountain House. Albert Smiley purchased a small inn and 280 acres of land in 1869, and expanded on the historic resort hotel until 1910. It sits on the Shawangunk Ridge, on the western side of the Hudson River.Smiley continually expan...