The Age Of Discovery

ellen 60 birthday cakeThis weekend was a transformational time in my life.  As the youngest of my 3 children graduated from college and I celebrated my 60th birthday, I feel energized by the possibilities before me.  I am excited about the potential challenges and the freedom to try new things.  I feel as if I can venture back to the pre-family days and revisit the youthful expectations that defined my aesthetic; but now, I do this with … Read More

Shape Your Destiny

IMG00480-20100502-1659I had never seen the Grand Canyon except from the window of an airplane 30, 000 feet in the air.  The majesty of this view was so extraordinary that I could only imagine what standing right on the rim would offer.  It was a major objective to our Southwest quest.  Traveling there was a challenge as we confronted an early spring snowstorm for which we were quite unprepared.  Naive New Yorkers that we are, we … Read More

Be A Pioneer

Karen-Dupr--Route-66-97539Traveling along Interstate 40 from Sedona to Albuquerque,   we stopped in the tiny town of Winslow, Arizona for breakfast.   Dry, barren of vegetation and slightly depressed, this enclave was located off the highway on the old Route 66, once known as the Main Street of America.   Void of traffic, the town seemed deprived of opportunity and store fronts were vacant.   It struck me how the super highway that had been built to ease my journey … Read More

Everyday Luxury

IMG00373-20100427-1250Last week my husband and I embarked on a road trip to the California Baha Sur in Mexico and the Southwest USA.  Given the gift of time, a result of unexpected life’s circumstances, we decided to explore some locales that despite extensive travel throughout my life, even I had never visited.  After 10 days in Cabo San Jose and La Paz, we are flying this morning to Arizona, specifically Sedona and the Grand Canyon.  Mexico … Read More

Mother’s Day

roses2-0010_RT8-600aMy mother has been gone now many years, but before she left she bequeathed me an extraordinary life lesson.  She taught me that to be respected,   one must possess the gift of curiosity and compassion.   Truly one of the classiest woman I have ever known, my mother taught me that true beauty was in understatement and the ability to notice the quiet elegance visible in simple details.  Every Mother’s Day, I would give her a … Read More

Sleep With Yours Dreams


Some of the members of my clan are just a little bit dachshund obsessed.  It’s a legacy passed down through the females in my family over the past three generations.  I grew up with these rambunctious, impish, wiener dogs whose curious and feisty personalities and funky body shape have been humorous fodder for a plethora of teasing ( mostly by the men in our lives).    There has been Slinky, Sam, Ripples, Rocky, Bear, Libby and … Read More

Splurge on Beauty

multicolored_tulip_field8.jpg revA few weeks ago, I traveled to Washington state  to visit a client’s store located in the Skagit Valley north of Seattle and close to the Canadian border.  Although I have visited many places during my life, this is one area of the country I had never seen.  I was mesmerized by the snow capped mountains that embraced verdant farmland just beginning to yield the fields of tulips for which this region is famous.  Although … Read More

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