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    adventures in urban gardening.

    Okay, I did ask for permission. But taking over my building’s gardens still feels just a little bit like going rogue. They don’t belong to me, after all.  I’ve been fussing with these two…

    June 11, 2013 11 Comments
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    an island adventure.

    today james and i are headed out on a little adventure. since i’ve started working at the restaurant, weekends aren’t exactly what they used to be, and we thought we both needed a little…

    June 2, 2009 16 Comments
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    make-believe: sledding.

    In a one-bedroom apartment, at the tippy top of the stairs of an old brownstone, smack in the middle of a very large city, a sled is not a very practical thing to keep…

    December 14, 2016 29 Comments
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    simple matters 11: suzie ryu.

    Suzie Ryu | Trollhagen & Co.I’ve been following Suzie on Instagram for years now. Catching glimpses of the progress she and her husband have made on the historic schoolhouse they’re renovating in upstate New…

    December 7, 2016 14 Comments
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    simple matters 10: maureen bleeker paal.

    Maureen Beeker Paal | The Moksi CollectiveI first met Maureen when we bumped into each other on the street here in Brooklyn. She mentioned that she was a reader of my blog and mentioned…

    November 30, 2016 18 Comments
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    simple matters 09: sarah waldman

    Sarah Waldman | Food WriterSarah Waldman is a food writer and recipe developer who lives on the New England island of Martha’s Vineyard with her husband and two children. She shares her thoughts on…

    November 16, 2016 15 Comments
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    simple matters 07: jessica lewis stevens.

    Jessica Lewis Stevens | Sugarhouse WorkshopI don’t remember when I first stumbled upon the magical woodland scenes that fill up the instagram account of Jessica Lewis Stevens, but I remember being immediately captivated. Hers…

    October 26, 2016 40 Comments
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    evening in saint-malo.

    On the evening that we arrived in Saint-Malo, the light made the city glow like a colorized old-timey postcard. You know the ones? Everything cast in a pale yellow or green-blue or washed-out gray.…

    June 27, 2016 15 Comments
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    a little bit of brooklyn?

    We’re taking off for little spell. Maybe you’re just landing?We’re leaving in late May to spend the month of June in the tiny Breton home of my godparents in France. While we’re on our adventure, we’re hoping…

    April 18, 2016 20 Comments
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    potatoes, et cetera.

    I’ve mentioned in passing that we deal with a strange allergy in our house. Of all things to afflict a man with the name James Patrick Casey, a potato allergy would seem the least…

    March 17, 2016 18 Comments