Lo, How a Rose

I was mad at God. It was the 30th of November, a date by which I’ve traditionally completed all of my Christmas shopping, planned my holiday meals, decked half the halls and basically thrown myself heart and soul into the preparations for the season I love best. It’s...

Thanksgiving Eve

Wednesdays are my favorite days, and this is my favorite Wednesday of the year. I absolutely love the anticipation that this day means. Since early this morning I’ve been chopping herbs and pecans, grating orange rind (that lovely little burst of spray that escapes...

New Books Today!

I’m happy to announce that there are new books in The Shop today! I’ve added some real favorites, including several rare titles by Frances Hodgson Burnett and collectible volumes by Grace Richmond. I’ve also got two titles by Elizabeth Von Arnim, The...

Sonnet I.

I. For Philip Cicadas sing at midday, metal-bright Murmur hymning indolence to earth, While painted ladies dart in fevered flight, Knowing of all most poignantly life’s worth. Fond sunlight coaxes salt scent from marrow Of warm-breasted marsh, and drows’d palms...

Rambles

Well. Hello there. I hardly know where to begin. After forty-plus days of retreat, I feel like my soul has had a thorough airing and scrubbing. Like I’ve been at once standing on a high and lonely mountaintop in a bracing wind and tucked securely in the cleft of a...