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Holiday Inspiration

It is that time of year again and I’m starting to add little touches to our home to get it ready for the holidays. There are a few things I love about holiday decorating, and a whole host I’m on the fence about. Whenever I walk past a display of Christmas decorations I feel a little bit sad. Most are made of cheap plastics and will remain on this planet, eventually finding their way to…

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Ruth Gruber

One of the pioneers of photojournalism and a personal hero of mine passed away this week at the age of 105 and I wanted to take a moment to commemorate her extraordinary life. Ruth Gruber bore witness to some of the greatest atrocities of the twentieth century. Her work documenting refugees, concentration camp survivors and marginalized peoples humanized these events and continues to serve as an important historical record. Among some of her many accomplishments,…

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Gathered

November feels like one big scary blur when I look back at it. Next week is American Thanksgiving and after that we are truly right in the thick of the holiday season.  I’m so looking forward to it this year. More than ever it seems the world could use a reason to cheer. I’m also searching for inspiration for Christmas decorations that feel cozy and festive but take their inspiration more from the forest than…

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And in the Summer, I do Paint

Artist Hank Schmidt in der Beek and photographer Fabian Schubert have been collaborating on the series Und im Sommer tu ich malen (“And in the Summer, I do paint”) since 2009. Schubert describes the project as, A conceptual and visual reflection about the picture-in-picture, a painting artist in the picture, a once painted landscape in the picture and a painted pattern of a shirt as a picture. It is also hilarious. I can’t look at the series…

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The Crown

A lovely distraction popped up last week just when I needed it most, Netflix’s new series The Crown. I love a good historical drama and this one was made sparing no expense. The first season alone cost over £100 million to produce. The first two episodes cover 1947-1952, the year of Princess Elizabeth’s marriage to Philip Mountbatten, to the death of her father King George VI. The acting is quite good, with Claire Foy a clear stand…

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Christmas Pajamas

As November marches on I find myself thinking about Christmas traditions. They are without a doubt my favourite part of the holidays. Now that I am a parent, and Eleanor is almost of an age where she can appreciate such things, I am so excited to plan the traditions I want to share with her. First on the list is my family’s traditional Christmas pajamas. Every Christmas Eve we would eat Chinese takeout from our favourite…

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Hallelujah

This video has probably helped me process what happened on election night more than anything that has come out so far. As anti Trump protests raged on the streets outside their studio, SNL and Kate McKinnon gave the world this beautiful performance. Simultaneously a tribute to both Hillary and Leonard Cohen, it was perfect. Hallelujah is actually my favourite song. I am always a little hesitant about saying that because I love Cohen with all…

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Gathered

I went back and forth on whether or not I should write a post today. Part of me doesn’t feel ready. Writing gets my brain going and every time I start thinking I can’t stop myself from tearing up. I’m so heartbroken and the waves of grief keep coming. When the election results first came in I kept thinking, when will I ever feel ok again? I realize now that it will never be ok.…

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The Day After

Just a short post today for what must be obvious reasons. I am stunned, disheartened, and horrified. Call me naive but I never though this would happen. I had hope. I thought people would choose hope. There are so many things up in the air now. All of my dreams for what the world’s political landscape could look like are gone. I have to admit that I know nothing about the United States. This country…

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Suffragette

Yesterday was nonpartisan day on the blog. Today I’m letting my feminist flag fly high. I thought about writing this post on Wednesday, but I’m going all in and posting it ahead of the big vote. I believe that before the day is out the United States will have elected their first woman as President. I am not going to let her opponent sully this moment for me. I will not focus on how it…

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