Valentine’s Day starts us thinking about romantic gestures–gestures to make, gestures we might receive. So I find it a little interesting that Emilie Loring’s books say nothing at all about Valentine’s Day. In fact, she mentions very few holidays or traditional celebrations. We know how she might have observed Thanksgiving and Christmas, but she leaves … More Romance: A First, Hopeful Sign
It’s a dream of mine to have a library. I would have shelves on three walls, some open and some with glass doors. The fourth wall would have a big, beautiful window overlooking something lovely, with a comfortable desk and chair facing outward to capture the view. In the center of the room, I’d have … More Our Selves in our Libraries
Our Christmas tree is decorated, lights are up outside, and most of our presents are under the tree, waiting for Christmas morning. I’ll do a little more wrapping today, and Santa will bring his gifts after we go to bed on Christmas Eve. I enjoy gift-giving. I like to think about people I care about … More From Me to You: Gifts from Her Pen
You never know where a clue will lead. … More Crossing Paths and Discovered Gems
Facts aren’t just facts. Things aren’t just things. They hold memories etched into them with experience, knowledge, and emotion. … More Memories in a Blueberry Mug
I have just spent the weekend with two independent, accomplished, and beautiful young women–twenty-somethings, like Emilie Loring’s characters–and they set me to thinking about attitudes toward competence and beauty. As a child, I strove to earn A’s at school, and although I had school clothes, church clothes and play clothes, I don’t remember ever … More One Touch of Lipstick Makes All Women Kin
Welcome, everyone! Photos and stories are coming in, one atop the other. If you haven’t sent yet, feel free to add narration when you do. It will be fun to hear about your tea and how it may have been inspired by Emilie Loring. I’ll add and re-post all day today and tomorrow–as long as … More Welcome to our tea party. So happy you could come!