the collage of life: kindness of friends old and new
DOES THAT IMAGE ABOVE LOOK FAMILIAR? It was the latest gift that blogging friends have been showering me with as I approach the Wednesday publication date of my new book, “And I Shall Have Some Peace There.” In thousands of infinitesimal bits of recycled paper and fabric and who knows what, the collage depicts my little world here in astonishing detail, thanks to artist Mel Kolstad. It was commissioned by the inspirational Pam Kueber of Retro Renovation–both of them corporate dropouts like I am, by the way. The collage backstory, and more sweet offerings.
The actual collage is just slightly more than twice the size above…but even the tiny espaliered pear on the back of the house includes more than 50 pieces of ephemera, each barely bigger than a pin head. Amazing. Pam, a leading expert in what she calls “mid-century modest” (whose motto is to “love the house you’re in,” whatever its vintage) tells the tale of the collage, and our friendship, in this story on her site (which includes a chance to win my book).
Pam calls Mel the Retro Renovation “collage artist laureate,” for her regular contributions. On Mel’s Ephemeraology blog you can learn more about her amazing process and the kinds of ephemera she uses as her source material, or browse her Flickr site (which is where Pam and Mel met). Thank you both.
A Soup With My Name on It
I HAD A DELICIOUS BOWL OF SOUP—roasted tomato, to be precise—dedicated to me Friday by Jaden Hair (aka Steamy Kitchen), one of the co-founders of our annual cross-blog recipe swap called summer fest that you may have participated in the last three years. If you don’t know Jaden, this soup alone is reason to go say hello. She also shares her own “finding peace” story in the process. Sweet.
A Toast to My Parsley Pesto
THROUGH JADEN, ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO, I met Todd and Diane of White on Rice Couple, whose blog always makes me feel as if I have been transported to a place of great serenity. These talented foodies and photographers remembered how much I love parsley, and served up a bowl of soba with parsley pesto in my honor (with a book giveaway for dessert—a chance to win a copy of “Peace”). Guess what I’m defrosting to have for lunch today? Go dig in to the recipe, and giveaway.
FYI: I’m No Introvert
ILOVE DOING Q and A INTERVIEWS—you never know what someone will ask. The questions Marilyn Bethany posed for the site called Rural Intelligence that she runs with Dan Shaw—kind of an online magazine about all the best of the amazing Connecticut-Massachusetts-New York tristate area we three live in—were unexpected. She got me thinking, and talking, about the nature of solitude, about where I find my professional community and “water cooler talk” today…and about how many times I dropped out of college. Egads. Read all about it.
Coming Up: Martha Show on Friday!
MY OLD FRIEND MARTHA, who did a very kind blurb for the back cover of my book, has invited me to come be on her television program on Friday the 25th. This full-circle experience of being welcomed “home” has been very sweet for me. More on that later in the week…