A Writer’s Cabinet of Wonder

Do you know about Wunderkammern, Cabinets of Wonder? Earliest examples were  mini-museums for natural history objects–shells, bones, rocks, leaves, feathers. They could hold anything about which one was curious–hence, their other names, “Cabinets of Curiosities,” or “curio cabinets.” I like “cabinet of wonder” better; “curiosity” can mean “odd or strange” and “curios” can descend to … More A Writer’s Cabinet of Wonder

A Silver Pen in Her Hand, The Sleeve of a White Blouse

A cozy morning here, coffee in hand, newly-fallen snow outside… I open a gift from my son, Head of the Bay by Annie L. Clough. I’ve wanted this book a long time, since I first used it at the Blue Hill Public Library. “Head of the Bay” is Blue Hill, Maine, Emilie Loring’s summer home for … More A Silver Pen in Her Hand, The Sleeve of a White Blouse

New Year, New Ideas

Outside, the air is frigid, but sunshine streams in at the window, spurring thoughts of the new year ahead. This is the traditional time to make resolutions, set a course for the coming days. I like to do that, but I’m looking at mine differently this year. When I first sat down to think about … More New Year, New Ideas