City Mouse, Country Mouse

A couple of weeks ago, despite my best olive attempts, the rat race of city life was getting me down. So I dragged Z to a fishing-village-now-tourist-town on the coast for a restorative weekend. Tofino. It was beautiful, and I remembered something I’d forgot. In some places, there are no municipal bylaws prohibiting bonfires. You …

The Inimitable Coco Chanel

Earlier this week, I read an essay about Coco Chanel. In it, she’s quoted: Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their ¬†heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants. So bitchy, yes? …

Bright Green Olive Goodness

Greetings, fellow readers. Today, it is glorious outside. It’s sunny and warm. All weekend it was sunny and warm, and when it’s really nice, I can’t remember why I ever feel depressed. And yet, sometimes, I’m a little down. A week or so ago, I was having one of those days. I’d had to pick …

Life With Cat: Quivering with Fear

My desk at home is in a closet off the side of our living room. We built a shelf over it for storage, which the cat loves. For months after we built it, she’d stare up at it and meow. It’s too high to jump to by herself, which is a source of unending frustration …

Watch this Now: Meru

The other weekend, we watched 4 movies, more-or-less in a row. We watched Room and Creed, both of which I liked – despite the fair amount of rape in Room, and that Creed caused us to revisit one of our biggest marital disagreements. (In a nutshell:¬†how rigged is fighting? Me: “All of it”; Q: “You …