Test Anxiety & Why I Love the Sisterhood

Test Anxiety & Why I Love the Sisterhood

Today I drove myself to the breast center for a mammogram and ultrasound of my left breast. There was no drama caused by a horrible technician, like the first time I went for a mammogram after my mastectomy. Everyone was professional, pleasant and sensitive. No, this time the drama was raging inside my head. I [...]

The Survivor’s Nest: 5 Tips to Create the Comfort of Home Wherever You Go

The Survivor’s Nest: 5 Tips to Create the Comfort of Home Wherever You Go

"Home is where one starts from." T. S. Eliot "There's a big world outside those hedges," she said with some unkindness. We were young college commuters and her words stung. Sure, I was naive and sheltered, but life beyond the landscaping was only a matter of time. It's many years later and now I'm the one [...]

Finding Strength in Our Kitchens, Our Families & Ourselves

Finding Strength in Our Kitchens, Our Families & Ourselves

"The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have spent at home in the bosom of my family." --Thomas Jefferson September 14, 2008. It’s a Sunday afternoon and we are strolling through a kitchen design store, excited to finally embark on the renovation of our 30-year-ancient kitchen. The next day, Lehman [...]

The Survivor’s Nest – 5 Easy Tips for Dividing Lilies

The Survivor’s Nest – 5 Easy Tips for Dividing Lilies

My garden is a work in progress that I see through a decorator's eyes. Its color palate (chartreuse, orange and purple), garden rooms, focal points and accessories extend the living space of my home. Most importantly, however, I love the history of the garden. I remember what plants came from where and which rhododendron I [...]

The Survivor’s Nest – 5 Tips For Decorating With Mirrors View

  There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton I did a lot of reflecting this week so, of course, I thought I'd talk about mirrors in today's The Survivor's Nest post. Looking around my own home, I realized I'm surrounded by wonderful examples I'd [...]

The Survivor’s Nest – Why I’m Excited About a Candle

The Survivor’s Nest – Why I’m Excited About a Candle

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. James Keller It was my pleasure to commemorate my friend Terri Wingham's birthday a couple of weeks ago by contributing to her Adventure of Hope. Imagine my surprise when she contacted me a few days later at my Facebook page to tell me I won the giveaway from CV Skinlabs and O&N Collective, Inc. I won [...]