For You, Dad

photo credit:
is one of those perfectly amazing blogs; here, a
couple of West Point cadets from the Class of '38
learn a thing or two about Field Artillery.

The Ghost of a Chance

I keep stumbling across images of old
or abandoned Army posts and Navy bases.

It's a boon that Richard Nickel of Kingston Lounge
(via Rooms) has taken the time to document this,
and this, some of it--most of it--incredibly haunting.

I'm more than a little sorry to see so much of it go.

There are utterly magnificent buildings out
there, just crumbling, and it seems a shame.

But it is a swell photo opportunity.
All Kingston Lounge photos, above,
are in the vicinity of NYC.

Rooms: Worth Returning To

From Rooms

These photos arrive via a swell blog...the image at top is one of my all-time favorites (originally found at Badminton). 

The poor dear tumbling down the staircase in the next photo finds herself in the home of Edward Gorey (no additional explanation necessary). 

Rooms. Visit. 


Whoopee Ti-Yi-O

Caterina notes that this is a good idea. 
Thought I should pass it on. 

Sounds pretty good: sing, dance, go camping... 
and you live longer.

Sign me up.

Here's the Thing: Archetypically Speaking

"All nomads, professional and otherwise, bring along reminders of the places they have left behind them." This, according to Guy Trebay in t+l this month; likewise, he claims that Toland Grinnell's 2008 installation of traveling trunks--what? you didn't go to the Brooklyn Museum to see it?--"called to mind not excess so much as the practicality of military furniture from an earlier era, ingeniously devised to provide home comforts to, say, Napoleon's army on the Egyptian campaign."

Well. That explains it, somehow. For a military kid who was practically born in the pineapple fields and later lived in Oklahoma, California, New York, Kansas, Stuttgart, Crailsheim, Virginia, Georgia, Connecticut, New York again, California again, and so on and so forth...suitcases and campaign furniture have always been, perhaps, the archetypes I unwittingly long for. And the nomad camper in my heart continues to squirrel away treasures, pining for connection with...what? Lord knows.

"Objects unlock memories," according to the French-American psychiatrist Clotaire Rapaille, who consults for major companies on the psychological underpinnings of consumer goods. "We want to live in an archetype and we want a car and jacket that are also archetypes."

Bring on the suitcase: archetypically speaking, I suppose going somewhere is just where I want to be.

Millions of Books. Free.



Chris Messina on Defense Against Fear

"Sharing and giving away all that you can are the best defenses against fear, obsolescence, growing old, and wrinkles. It isn’t always easy, but it’s how we outlive the shackles of biology and transcend the physicality of gravity."

"If we are Generation Open, then we are the optimistic generation."

I fall somewhere between the generation of parents that Chris mentions and "Generation Open." When I read his work, I wonder what we all have to learn. (And what we've honestly learned, thus far.) I fear that I skew closer to the parents. It makes me wonder what I'm missing.

He seems unfalteringly optimistic about this new, open world.

Optimism, if you haven't noticed, is in short supply these days.

Perhaps I should go back for seconds.

screenshot via chris messina, flickr

Hendrik Kerstens + Luke = ohdeedoh

this, from Hendrik Kerstens
via brilliant Crooked House

(it's the reason Luke ended up looking a little like
Marie Antoinette in search of cake, below)

cool new news! Luke made ohdeedoh...go see, it's very clever indeed!

Cake: In Which I See Luke and Remember How Much I Love His Mother's Work

Here, Luke channels a disgruntled Marie Antoinette

"Maman! Petits fours glacés! Quickly, quickly!"

[Let him eat cake.]

Nymphenburg and Sue

I really love 20x200 
and the concept behind it

Jen Bekman is a genius.

 Field Museum Sue, above.

[My biggest regret is that I didn't get Nymphenburg. Bummer.]

And I wish I were going to be at PULSE.

(If you're in NYC march 5-
march 8, you oughta go. See Jen.
Tell her I said hi.)

Kevin Miyazaki

takes pictures.

(All photos, copyright kjm, are from Mizayzaki's blog.)


Linda the Beautiful

Here, again, is the amazing Linda Gavin, who creates some of the most unique and marvelous things I've ever seen. She's just started a new toy blog, here! Her portfolio is something else. Amazing.

Did a post on this earlier, but it had a little blog hiccup. Decided this gave me the great opportunity to post again...especially since there's a lovely new set of pictures of wonderful her.

It's easy to remember that Linda means Beautiful, isn't it? (Here, I should mention that my sister's name is also Linda...and she's another one who makes it easy to remember: beautiful!)

Scratch School

fresh air

We've had an angel (from Germany) visiting us.
She boards a plane, tomorrow, to return home.

She is a breath of fresh air; we have
enjoyed having her here immensely.

We will wish her God Speed,
hoping to see her soon again.


Boys Will Be Boys: Three of the Brightest

Meet JP, from The Selvedge Yard (above, with sons), and friends: it's these guys who've given me hope, in the past few weeks, that there's good news coming down the pike. These bloggers can write. They've got a keen sense of history. And they seem to be able to find just the right look, these days, to lift spirits and soothe economic fearmongering. Hey, what could be simpler or more honest than a sturdy work shoe, a brief history of weathered barns, or the tried-and-true look of sailors at sea? Check out their blogs for all of the above, and more.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy...there's a good chance Jon Patrick of The Selvedge Yard will cover all of these in the near future. JP has already featured Jackson Pollock (above), Sailor Jerry, James Dean, and a handful of good men who know their way around Fifth Avenue. Look for excellently curated photographs, also, and beautiful, concisely written historical briefs: this blog is absolutely worth watching. 

A Continuous Lean, from the remarkable Michael Williams, consistently brings us unabashedly beautiful images that are also unfalteringly masculine. And if you don't believe a tea party is masculine, think what Hemingway himself would've given for the little beaut, above. The Old Man loved such well-appointed gizmos. The Williams brilliance that brings us ACL also publishes The Material Review. Go, see Michael, and make thyself cooler.

This moment in tartan is from the "Lost Boy" (see his caps post) at Restless Transplant. There's some really beautiful work here. Best of all? Perhaps it's an appreciation for plaid that goes unmatched. Foster Huntington, I think we'll be seeing an awful lot of good stuff under your tutelage. Looking forward to it.

San Francisco, In the Gloaming

This is why I love San Francisco.
Yesterday, after a splendid trip to
the California Academy of Sciences, this
was the scene in the Park out front....
children were making huts out of
newly-trimmed branches.
It was really completely lovely.


Dear Wise Friend

Today was spent folding
so many bright blankets;
putting them all away,

Thank you.
You've shown me
the grace and beauty
of this action:
it soothed the
bewildering roil,
that other dream.

[And the pin is a Hattie Carnegie.]

Oatmeal. Sugar. Beans.

[found these a few years ago in
a funny little store, long gone]


Really, the children in this movie were magnificent.

And, knowing that there has been some controversy
about that...when isn't there controversy?...I can only
hope that this raises the awareness level, in the U.S.
(and elsewhere), that there is much to be done before
we rid the world of poverty. Maybe it's time to really
rethink our values (easier now, with the new economy
nipping at our heels)...roll our sleeves up and do
something about all this. Melinda Gates seems to be.
Hoping she is the new trendsetter for our age.

We also find an excellent role model in April Rinne,
who's truly doing something to make the world a better
place. Microfinance might be something we all need to
know more about. It's beyond just benefiting us, isn't it?

Our eldest son, Andrew, is currently working at
Santa Clara University's excellent
which provides a unique forum that
encourages taking action on
these matters. I am
exceedingly proud of him.
We all are.

So: Big Question. Is this...
a better use of your time
than upgrading your
a) car
b) house
c) club membership
d) all of the above?

Just wondering.

A great time to look into it,
these days...

don't you think?

Oscar Party! Not. Tea Party! Yep.

Happy Oscars to All!

They are finally here, and--what do you know--I
woke up this morning my first truly remarkable
cold of the year. Well, it has smooth sailing for
a while, so I suppose my time was up...Anyhow,
I'll be wrapped in a blanket drinking tea and
watching every move Kate Winslet makes. As
well as Meryl and...oh, who else? Slumdog gang.
They put on a great show. And Sean Penn, I
suppose we'll get a good glimpse of him.

Cheers, everyone!


OH: Miss Go Arrives Soon

M. B. Goffstein's new work is divine.

I am besotted with Mr. Po, 
Mr. Go, Miss Go, Miss Fine...

To meet them, visit

Here, we are making 
happy preparations 
to welcome
which is coming soon.


Just Thinking

Whew. It's busy right now, here at homestead Thorne. Our redhead is just back from six months in Germany, bringing with him a delightful friend. 

So: we have a heavenly house guest for the next two weeks, and another chick back in the nest for a bit longer, and lots of activity and friends stopping by and various and sundry other things going on.

Thusly, while we're at all this, may I re-direct you to a blog that has been a continuous source of delight and sustenance since stumbling upon it several months ago? 

Mrs. Blandings is the perfect tonic for our times: erudite, blessed with a lovely eye, and utterly charming. Now, go, be her house guest for a bit. 

And, please, please, do come back and visit us in a day or two. When some of the dust settles. For goodness sakes.

Here: Mrs. B. on February. And here: Mrs. B. on Photography. And here: Mrs. B. on everything else. 

You will love it all, I hope, as I do.

[photo, above? check Mrs. B. and see]


Our First Valentines: Love that Lasts

The generosity of spirit of this elegant couple is legendary.
They are our heroes.

A little tribute to first Valentines: our wonderful parents were married 50 years last June. What they have taught us about love and service and caring for others could fill many books. Here, we simply fill a few lines with these words: Love You, Mom and Dad. Valentine Blessings, every day.

aloha nui loa from your
daughters and their families
(Lindi and I were both born in Hawaii, so we
are allowed to get all Hawaiian sometimes:
isn't my little sister adorable? Still is.)


St. Valentinus Construction Paper Reminder

just a little public service reminder:
valentine's day is on saturday...
don't forget to stock up, now, on little
candy hearts and red construction paper

st. valentinus from fry my bacon. of course.

Chalk Bikes

sharon montrose has a cool husband who loves bikes 
and had drawn these on the chalkboard the other day 
when she came home...how nifty are they? via swissmiss

sharon's got some more good stuff of her own, here

J. Crew: Books Frankly Delicious, Via ACL

acl visits j. crew
go see:

Happy Birthday, Darwin! Celebrating with a Well-Evolved Lego Man

darwinian selection? lego man lives!
love this, via excellent bioepherma
by brilliant Jason Freeny


Love at First Sight

Looking for sundials. Came upon this. What's not to love?
Antique limestone.
It's from a wonderful resource across pond.
(Hmmm...looks like this is the place to be on 26 June.)
Salvoweb. Good.