From September 2015-Present (Italy):
While I no longer have a garden here in Rome, there is a magnificent magnolia tree just outside the window of our home office–almost close enough to touch. At the moment, the seed pods are bursting with bright orange-red fruits and I know come spring, the tree will be a sight to behold. There will be other beautiful sights to see here–and many delicious meals to taste and make, and an entire city and country and continent to learn. So while this is a new phase of life, I am certain there will be many experiences to share along the way.
From 2012-August 2015 (USA):
In my life away from the office, I have a small townhouse flower garden that delights me daily, a kitchen that sings to me when I allow myself to stop and hear it, and walls I have painted in colors that welcome me home. I also have a husband, four children, and two dogs. A busy work life and the demands of an active family leave little time for other pleasures, but I have found I cannot live on a diet of grey and beige, with salt and pepper as the only seasonings. And so, when I can, I tend to my garden so the flowers can burst forth, I cook meals that become more than the sum of their parts, and I absorb the colors that surround me in my home. And when I cannot, the garden gets shaggy (along with the dogs), the meals become uninspired, the house is ignored, and I am reminded that life gets in the way. But one new flower, one special dish, and one room filled with family and friends can make all the difference. Those are the small pleasures that I seek, and this is where I will share some of them, in case they may bring you joy, too.
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