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  • I found hope in Hope thanks to nature and my nieces.
  • Reminder: There is always light at the end of the tunnel(s).
  • Possibilities.
  • "After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains." Happy 200th birthday, Walt Whitman
  • Spring is always the most alive after the darkest and rainiest of winters. #hyggehouse
  • "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." C. S. Lewis. Or, as the Secret Sisters sang, "Tomorrow will be kinder."
  • "It was here in Big Sur where I first learned to say amen." Henry Miller

Friday afternoon I decided to take a last-minute trip up the coast. Every time I've driven it, I've  always had some place to be and up against time.

But not this trip.

Friday I spent time in Santa Barbara and Paso Robles.

Saturday I spent time in Steinbeck country (of Mice and Men is one of my favourite books) and finally drove the G16 across to Carmel before heading up for a quick stop to see of my friends who I would literally drive 8hrs for only to spend 2 hours with.

Today I got up super early and got a super big coffee so I could drive down highway 1, through Big Sur and hopefully beat the crowds.

Henry Miller is the author of some of my other favourite books so as I drove though Big Sur I thought of him and Steinbeck and how they wrote about what they knew, what they loved, and what they questioned. I've had this idea in my head for a new project and community that I know will resonate and mean something but just unsure how to begin.

So I made sure today to stop when I wanted to. Linger when I needed. Drive wherever for however long.

And, after all the times driving through Big Sur, I finally stopped at a beach. I spent two hours here practically alone and just was.

People say it but there is something magic about Big Sur and today was the first time I felt it. I felt the shift, the inspiration, the hunger. And I felt wet sand between my toes. 
I'm ready.

Amen
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  • Last week I drove through the area of Malibu that was most hard hit from the fires. It was completely devastated only last December but now, life is blooming again in a way I've never seen it before. The scars are there and it will take 20yeara to get back to where it was but life is back. That's the amazing, heartbreaking and beautiful thing about life. #malibustrong #earthday

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January 21, 2009
Hygge Blogs and Shops. Image from Kaboom Pics

How Often Should I Wash My Dog?
I wash mine about once every 3-4 weeks depending on what he’s been up to and I do it in the tub. He’s actually really good about it and so happy after. I use the No. 17 Shampoo from Isle of Dogs. Expensive but totally worth it – Jacks fur has never been so soft and his skin never better.

Grand Canyon by Train
I love train travel and this looks like such a great adventure. Parlour class anyone?

Kiki in Paris
I am so, so, so enamoured with the photographs, the girl, the doll, the everything. I have looked at it often. I found it after I bought my own Jess Brown Doll and fell in-love.

Nancy Drew – The Movie
I was surprised how much I loved this movie! It was smart, it was funny, it was charming. I think if you have a young daughter this would be the perfect movie to watch with her.

The White House Website
At exactly noon yesterday, the new White House website was revealed. I was so inspired by the new design and the access to information that I spent over an hour clicking around. I had never done that with the old site. I love how the President’s executive orders and proclamations will be published for everyone to review. Talk about transparency and participation. Plus, it’s just great web design.

Pam Garrison’s Coffee Filter Garland:
So beautiful, so easy!

  • Reply
    Patricia Larsen GoldsmithNo Gravatar
    January 21, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Hi Alex, thanks for the info on the dog shampoo
    I have a 6 month old yorkie/shitzu mix,I was looking
    for a good shampoo gentle on the skin. And also loved
    the old photos of Copenhagen, I am half Danish the other is Irish. I look foward to your e-mails with
    such wonderful and fun info on Denmark, Hope to make
    my first trip real soon. Your website is so much fun.
    and very helpful. Thanks PLG

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    JenniferNo Gravatar
    January 27, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Dear Alex,

    I LOVED the Nancy Drew movie….I love the books too. There are versions from the 30s and 60s (reprinted to show our changing times….i.e. less offending racist terms, covertable not roadster, etc). I think the books are interesting to read to show how the “author(s)” imparted societies ideals to young children during those times. Nancy Drew had skills, was quite adventurous and got herself into all sorts of things! But she never seemed to miss lunch.

    -Jen

    -Jennifer

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    BarbaraNo Gravatar
    January 30, 2009 at 12:15 AM

    Oh I just love Kiki and Coco, how sweet! Thanks for sharing it

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