Monthly Archives: February 2015

From Trash to Treasure: the Dumpster Dresser

All I have to say is “Thank you Nicole Curtis!” – after watching the first season of rehab addict, RM started to understand how something that might appear at first to be trash may turn out to be treasure. It all started one weekend afternoon with the snow on the ground, RM took the garbage bags out to the dumpster in the alley behind our house. There he found a dresser. It was laminate veneer. One of the drawers was stuck but he excitedly ran Continue reading →

State of the Union

“There is nothing more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.” ― Homer, The Odyssey Admirable as it may be, but living with someone else, whether you live with your elderly parents, a roommate or roommate, a spouse or significant other, or with 100 strangers in a college residence, has its moments. Around the time we became engaged, RM and I started periodic meetings which we call “The State Continue reading →

Ashes to ashes

Growing up lent was marked out by the presence of fish on Friday and the giving up of things. It seemed all stick and no carrot. Good thing I liked salmon and tuna. For a few years, my evangelical self shunned all things lent as unnecessary to my faith – it was all browbeating and no grace I piously thought. My arrogance was part naïveté and part bluster. But over the last few years, lent has again found a place in my life. Lent reminds Continue reading →

Textiles: Warmth and the brownish knitted sweater

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell That brownish knitted sweater. I needed it. It was that beautiful wool against my skin or it was going to be hiding under the covers for the rest of the day. It had been a gift to my aunt many years ago. So long that she hadn’t realised it had found Continue reading →

Be at Home where you Are

“Be at home where you are” (1 Tim 6:6-7) Being fully at home in a new place is not always easy. But in making a home, being at home seems kind of inherent. “No settled family or community has ever called its home place an “environment.” None has ever called its feeling for its home place “biocentric” or “anthropocentric.” None has ever thought of its connection to its home place as “ecological,” deep or shallow. The concepts and insights of the ecologists are of great Continue reading →