Oct

30

A Peek at Palm Springs

My sisters and I recently got together in Palm Springs. We went there last year and stayed in a small boutique hotel with a rich Hollywood past. This year it was the opposite venue – a large Marriott that could have been a cruise ship or super sized Vegas hotel. – a peek from our […]

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Oct

23

Eye Candy

Hershey, Cadbury, Godiva and Nestle. Dark chocolate with caramel and sea salt. Small bars for trick-or-treaters in baskets by the door. Caramel corn. None of these are as delicious to me as a walk in the garden on an October evening.  I love the fading muted colors on hydrangeas. The brilliance of golds that glow […]

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Oct

20

Slow reading

If you’ve been visiting here at the Empty Nest Mom for any length of time, you know I’m an advocate of slowing down. There’s no need to keep accelerating our pace and yes, we really do have some manner of control over the speed through which we move through life – believe it or not. […]

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Oct

13

Columbus Day Discovery

Although I didn’t travel yesterday in the Nina, the Pinta or the Santa Maria, I did discover a new land. Well it’s actually an old land and an old colony, but it was new to me. And such a pleasant surprise! I set out, provisoned with a water bottle, some cash and my camera, with […]

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Oct

06

The Miniaturist – In Fiction and Real Life

I’m currently reading and enjoying The Miniaturist. The book is set in 17th-century Amsterdam with Nella, the 18 year old protagonist who has entered an arranged marriage with a merchant twice her age. He is wealthy and handsome but aloof and far more demonstrative with his two dogs than with Nella. There are many closed doors, whispers […]

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