The Integratron

by Margie Lavender

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... Read More

07/12/18

Beekeeping

by Margie Lavender

I’ve long had a fascination with social insects, species that live in colonies, manifest 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... Read More

01/11/18

Manitoga

by Margie Lavender

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... Read More

12/07/17

Total Eclipse Seeking in Missouri

by Margie Lavender

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... Read More

09/14/17

Catskills Escape and a Soiree on the Railway

by Margie Lavender

The first weekend of August, my husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary (and 14 years!) by escaping to the Catskills for The 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 evening... Read More

08/08/17

Wood and Canvas Canoe DIYWH (with help)

by Margie Lavender

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... Read More

06/06/17

Off the Grid: Mohonk Mountain House

by Margie Lavender

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... Read More

04/28/16