Category Archives: Spirit

Ever Green Design

I’ve written about a number of eco-friendly homes over the years but this beautiful remodel by architect Sherry Williamson has to be one of the most stylish.  You can read more about the overall project in the current (October 2016) issue of Diablo Magazine, but I’m sharing a few photos here along with some ideas [...]

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Friday Things: The Hillary Edition

DEM 2016 Convention

The day after Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominated for president by a major political party finds me a bit groggy.  I didn’t sit down to watch last night’s convention coverage until 10:00 p.m. And by the time I’d sampled Katy Perry’s Fight Song and David Brooks’s fighting words (something to the effect that [...]

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Friday Things: The Tonys Edition

The View From The Bridge

Just a quick note before the Warrior’s game begins. Game 4 is tonight and I’m hoping the Warriors are back to form after the blow-out on Wednesday. We’ll be spending more time than usual this weekend watching televised events with the game tonight and the Tonys on Sunday.  Since I happened to see three (!) [...]

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Missing Mom

My mom at age 79 participating in a charity race

Life took me to the mall yesterday.  Lunch with an old friend and editor.  Birthdays and baby showers to shop for.  Trips on the horizon so a bit of travel shopping for myself.  When I was done with my errands I slipped into a movie theater and caught a late matinee of the Gary Marshall [...]

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Keeyla Meadows Garden Tour

Keeyla Meadow's Garden - Light Goddess Mural

One of my favorite Bay Area landscape designers is Keeyla Meadows.  I first met Keeyla when I was scouting gardens for a major garden tour that served as a fundraiser for our children’s grade school.  That was twenty-some years ago and over that time I’ve watched her garden evolve from a colorful but simple field [...]

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Friday Things: The Met Home Edition

Long before I started writing for shelter magazines I read them.  And the one I read the most was Metropolitan Home.  When it folded in 2009 it really left a void in my design inspiration library. Though I loved Dominique Browning’s editor’s note in House & Garden (another print publication casualty of the time),  the [...]

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On Wearing Religious Jewelry

Enameled mosaic cross necklace

For years now I’ve thought about buying a cross necklace.  But though I’m a Christian, wearing crosses is not part of my faith tradition.  In fact, growing up—back when Mormons were feuding with Catholics—I was told that Mormons did not wear crosses.  That we emphasized Christ’s resurrection not his crucifixion and that wearing one would [...]

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Filling in the Blanks of Women’s History

Brigham Young and Unknown Woman

Last week we traveled to Utah for a women’s history symposium where I saw this image of “Brigham Young and an Unknown Woman.”  The unknown woman’s beaded bracelets and marks of torture on her hands have led historians to speculate that she was Native American. If so, is her ethnicity the reason her face has [...]

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Of Oscars and Owls

Great-Horned-Owl

What a wonderful spring we’re having here in Northern California. I’ve been working on my garden removing the things that didn’t survive the deer or early frosts and then shopping for and planting more of what seems to thrive. The temperature is just warm enough to feel rejuvenating as I work outside and the light [...]

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Friday Things: The San Francisco Super Bowl Edition

Super Bowl Treats

True confession?  I didn’t know the Super Bowl was happening here in the Bay Area until last Saturday when my gay Mormon activist friend Mitch mentioned how early festivities had impacted the traffic coming from the city to a conference in Berkeley that we were both attending.  Now how in the world did I miss [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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