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{Kurt Ankeny’s painting Clack lived for a brief beautiful moment in our drawing room.}

My apologies to those waiting for a recap of the Art Now Rockport shindig, and to those looking for a post on oh, say, anything!  Just post already!

I’ve been slow to blog, and that isn’t changing any time soon.  There are two reasons: I’m making room for other writing projects, and I need a break from nonstop documenting.

I’m carving out time to work on fiction.  Absent the ability to cram more hours into the day, and given my tendency to sleep eight hours a night, a trickle of blog posts – maybe one a week  – seems the most I can offer right now.  Along with a slower tempo, the blog content may shift, too.  I might dip a toe into writing about whatever book I’m reading at the moment.  Readers, would that interest you?

At the risk of getting too introspective, I’ll throw a little light on the secondary reason, too.  I’m craving some time to absorb, rather than retell.

Take the Art Now Rockport event.  The night crackled with fresh art, new friends, old friends, and warming autumn cocktails.  And yet I didn’t take a single picture!  The next morning I was annoyed for half a second.  Then I realized I’d spent the night talking with people instead of chasing the right shots, and that didn’t seem so bad after all.

Thank goodness The Roving Home recapped the whole thing.  At least some of us weren’t asleep at the wheel.

For some readers, the new molasses pace (understandably) just won’t do. For those who still pop by for a visit, your patience and interest are not lost on me.  With any luck the change in posting frequency will have an inverse relationship to quality.  And if you happen to be one of my many brilliant blogger friends, I’m happy to say I’ll have more time to read your posts.  Hooray!

P.S. Speaking of blogger friends, Tom of The Landmark Files arrived at Art Now bearing the most romantic, tumbling bouquet from his own garden.  There’s a lot of movement and not a whiff of “arrangement.” I couldn’t keep my eyes off them all week.


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You’re Invited: Eats, Drinks & Art at My House

September 12, 2011 Feathering the Nest
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{Buy $28 tickets online, or call 978-501-3593}   You know, it’s pretty simple.  Good food and drink, lively people, and thought-provoking art.  All at my house this Saturday night, and all for the benefit of Rockport festivals. For those who like a bit more meat on the bones: There is a lot of art going […]

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Putting the Normal in NYC

May 19, 2011 Flotsam
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{West Forty-Third Street by Joseph O. Holmes via 20×200} If you’ve lived in New York, you’ve heard friends and relatives moan about the relentless pace.  If you’ve visited, you may have left with aching feet and vacant eyes.  The truth?  New Yorkers aren’t super humans.  But they do have a few tricks up their sleeves […]

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The Weekend Digest

April 3, 2011 Flotsam
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Next week 5thjoy will be all Ireland, all the time.  For now, here’s a look back at recent posts. Bright Pants: Skittle-ize Your Stems Sarong, You’re Right (And Tribal Bright) Closet Tip: Use Corkboard Irish Find: Stephen Pearce Pottery Boston’s Island Creek Oyster Bar Found: The Perfect Weekender Bag  

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The Weekend Digest

March 12, 2011 Flotsam
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{Galway} Readers, I’ve missed a weekend digests or two, so today’s roundup of past posts is extra robust. Let’s begin with the past week and move back from there until we’re all caught up. But before we do, I ought to let you know I’ll be in Ireland for two weeks, gathering lots of good […]

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5thjoy in The Blue House

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The charming Elle & Jill of The Blue House asked me to guest post on their blog today.  What an honor! Won’t you make my day and hop on over for a visit?  We’re chatting about favorite nail polish colors, my secret budget source for spot-on button downs, and where I snapped up my glasses. […]

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Matchbook Issue 2: Spring On

March 2, 2011 Fashion

The second issue of Matchbook Magazine dropped into our digital laps yesterday, promising to put a spring in our steps and delivering quite handily.  The classics with a twist keep on coming. I’m dying for the Old Navy striped tee, and Chance’s wide-striped nautical tank, pages 80 and 22 respectively.  My mother will be pleased […]

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The Weekend Digest

January 29, 2011 Flotsam
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Via Brock Street Grab a seat and a cup of something warm.  Here’s everything that was fit to print this week: Beauty All Star: Brazilian Peel Spring is in the Air at Emerson Made Beauty All Star: Makeup Removers News to Me: Canvas Has A 1st Dibs Vintage Store Huzzah! Matchbook Mag Launches Drawing Room […]

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Huzzah! Matchbook Mag Launches

January 26, 2011 Flotsam
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Does the digital magazine world seem a wee bit crowded at the moment?  Make room for another one.  I’m cheered by (and cheering for) the latest entry: Matchbook Magazine.  The self-appointed “Field Guide to a Charmed Life” launched yesterday, and  these ladies are doing a number of things very well. 1. The Matchbook Gals Know […]

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The Weekend Roundup

January 22, 2011 Flotsam

{Another vintage slide that came with out house depicts downtown Rockport welcoming Alaska into the Union, which we’ll do again tomorrow when temps reach -2 degrees.} This short week was a bit of a squeeze, blogging-wise, between Monday’s holiday and yesterday’s wisdom teeth extraction (am I the only one who waited til I was 30?). […]

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