Falling For Pink

October 16, 2017

As the leaves start their slow turn from green to gold to brown I can’t help being drawn to anything in pink. From the remnants of summer annuals in pale pink to late summer stragglers in a more shocking shade I can’t  get enough. Even the earliest changes in my sumac and sassafras foliage have a pink edge to their vibrant red. Maybe it’s the way these deep rich pinks play off of October’s golds and browns that help extend the feeling of Summer just a bit.

Photos: gp

Modern meadow photo http://www.oudolf.com/piet-oudolf



Pizza Night

October 6, 2017

In less time than it takes to run out and pick one up, you can bake a pizza and have it on the table. A few ingredients gathered up beforehand have you at the ready when your new Fall schedule has you slammed. Pre-made pizza dough, jarred pesto, a red onion and some cheese is all you need for my favorite Pesto Pizza. While the oven is coming to temperature at 500 degrees simply pat out your dough into a round or rectangle, start with some provolone, then an even layer of Pesto, a scattering of sliced red onion and then finally some mozzarella. Ten to twelve minutes in the oven and you’re done.



It’s Back

October 2, 2017

And, it’s made in the USA. The re-issue of Harry Bertoia’s molded plastic side chair. Designed in 1954 with its debut in 196o, this iconic piece of modern seating is back. The shells are available in neutrals and brights with the bases finished in black or white powder coat or polished chrome. Now might be a good time to think about that additional seating you’ll be needing  come Thanksgiving.



Photos: http://www.knoll-int.com/home/by-designer/classic-designers/harry-bertoia/bertoia-plastic-side-chair—outdoor




Simply Put

September 29, 2017

While contracts between creatives and clients can sometimes seem complicated, this agreement used by Chicago based firm Segura keeps it short and sweet.

photo: https://m.signalvnoise.com/my-kind-of-contract-e7327e98e3ea




Embrace the Tiger…

September 16, 2017

return to the mountain. After months of what seems to be the world gone mad it’s good to start getting yourself in order with a little Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese exercise that is a combination of meditation, gentle fluid movements and deep breathing. A few minutes of this practice at the beginning and end of each day will protect you from within against the global nastiness that seems to have filtered its way from the top all the way down to the daily workplace, friends and yes, even family. Centering yourself and working your energy will keep your best foot forward as you “get back to it ” and segue into Fall.

Qi Gong master Lee Holden’s 7 Minutes of Magic is a great place to start. You’ll feel like ” bamboo in the wind” in no time.

photo: Exercisetoheal.com



A quick glance up…

September 11, 2017

and you immediately had your bearings. No matter how turned around one would get running around Manhattan, they were always there to set your course straight. I’m remembering that today. That, and all of those lost on 9/11…in New York, Washington and Shanksville.

Photo: via Pinterest. If you can help me identify the author of this photo,thank you.


One Bowl…

September 7, 2017

a few pantry staples and a wooden spoon. That’s all that’s needed to put the abundance of Summer zucchini to good use. I adjusted the already simple recipe from SimplyRecipes.com to include butter and olive oil and the result was 14 moist and gently spiced Zucchini Muffins packed with raisins and walnuts in just 45 minutes, start to finish.


Or, you can use this recipe to create two loaves of satisfying Zucchini Bread instead. http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/zucchini_bread/


photos: gp