Standing on Art (and Principle)

Standing on Carl Andre, copper squares Located on 340 acres in Marfa, Texas, the Chinati Foundation is a contemporary art museum housed in the buildings of a former military compound. It was founded by artist Donald Judd with the intention of preserving and presenting large-scale installations, with an emphasis on linking art and its surrounding… Continue reading Standing on Art (and Principle)

Setting the Table

When I was a little girl, one of my chores was to set the table for dinner each night. Round and round I’d go: placemats, dishes, glasses, silverware. Round and round: this is the space for nourishment, this is what feeds you, this is what refreshes you, these are the tools you need. When I… Continue reading Setting the Table

The Harmony of Wandering

French poet Anatole France once noted, “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” For close to 20 years, my friend DeLinda and I have wandered together: on weekend drives along the Connecticut shore, on the grand thruways of Texas, and meandering highways across France. For sure there is a… Continue reading The Harmony of Wandering

Monday in Marfa

It’s Monday in Marfa, and the only two places open are the Hotel Paisano— where Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor ate while filming Giant 55 years ago— and the Q Café and Wine Bar. We choose the Q , and sip on chilled glasses of wine, as we slide back into turquoise folding chairs for… Continue reading Monday in Marfa

The Trouble with Texas: Part 2

Spicy orange-infused frozen margarita, El Chile, Austin, TX The trouble with Texas is that when it comes to food, I don’t know where to start. But, as a young Austrian governess once sang, “let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.” Tamale House, Austin, TX TACOS FOR BREAKFAST? Now, I’m a… Continue reading The Trouble with Texas: Part 2

The Trouble with Texas: Part I

Food Shark Dining Car, Marfa, TX The trouble with Texas is this: the food is too good. This is a problem because when I return home to Connecticut, I don’t know what to eat. I know, I know. Local foodies will be quick to remind me of the seafood, New Haven pizza, and our ubiquitous… Continue reading The Trouble with Texas: Part I

Travel & Change of Place

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca Ten days ago, I was sitting at my desk reflecting on a dream about dolphins and a horoscope that challenged, “Don’t…stir up your righteous anger at how life refuses to conform to your specifications…open your heart to the experiment of blending your… Continue reading Travel & Change of Place