Monday, December 31, 2012

Counting Down

Bidding adieu to 2012 with pizza, cookies, and most importantly, people who bring me oodles of joy.
Forever grateful.  Hello 2013!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Snow Art

In Savie, France Simon Beck spends days plodding through the snow in snowshoes creating these sensational patterns. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields.  Beck designs and redesigns the patterns as new snow falls, sometimes unable to finish a piece due to significant overnight accumulations. Interestingly enough, he said, 'The main reason for making them was because I can no longer run properly due to problems with my feet, so plodding about on level snow is the least painful way of getting exercise.  Spectacular art for the sake of exercise!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Letters to Santa

Merry Christmas

All night my heart makes its way
however it can over the rough ground
of uncertainties, but only until night
meets and then is overwhelmed by
morning, the light deepening, the
wind easing and just waiting, as I
too wait (and when have I ever been
disappointed?) for redbird to sing.

Mary Oliver

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve Sunset

Time to put away the camera, close the blog, and Open House hop.  Merry Christmas Eve!!!!

Still Baking

Hat Weather

Chilly Christmas Eve in LA, good excuse to break out my favorite hat.

Sunday, December 23, 2012


When life gives you lemons, make preserves.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Dinner at Black Cat in Silver Lake

Love the light fixtures, AND the food.

Promise Me

Friday, December 21, 2012


Thursday, December 20, 2012

maya angelou


I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he-she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to do.

maya angelou

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Chateau

Had a fun holiday dinner with the One-Two Punch team at one of my favorite Hollywood gems.  The Chateau Marmont was built in 1927 as a premiere luxury apartment building modeled loosely after the Chateau D'Amboise in the Loire Valley.  It was sold during the depression and reopened as a hotel soon after.  Never big on the LA bar scene, The Chateau was one of my favorite haunts in the '90s when it was somewhat threadbare, and the cast of characters unpredictable.  Although more popular, it's still as charming as ever, especially at Christmas time.


Monday, December 17, 2012

This Moment

This place where you are right now,
God circled on a map for you.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Pine Needles and Trombones

A nine foot tree graces my living room, glowing with lights and shiny decorations.  'Tis the season for merriment, reflection and work deadlines.  Taking as many pauses as possible to be in the moment, and embrace the unknown.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Keeping with this weeks unintentional wedding theme, here's another gem. Happens to be the wedding of the photographer who shot the epic event in Bali.

jacqui and jonas wedding day from WE ARE THE PARSONS on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 12 12

Rain didn't dampen the spirits on JOB and RM nuptials.  A fantastic group of friends gathered to witness the couples vows, celebrate their future, and shake their booties.  Love you JOB!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Story in Pictures

Destination wedding photographer Jonas Peterson went to Bali to document the union of a couple that met in NY, but of a girl who grew up in Bali.  What unfolded was a three day event, too beautiful for words.

The first day the father of the bride took the guests on a wondrous hike, through rice paddies.  Lunch was by the river where many took a dip in the spring pouring over the cliff from the family residence.  Later that night, was the first celebration, an Indian ceremony followed by a raucous dance party.

Day two started early.  The bride's dress was made from fresh Jasmine flowers.  She walked with her father across the river on a bamboo bridge made for the occasion. The reception that night took place under a large Banyan tree.

Day three, the couple were blessed in a lavish local ceremony.  Five hundred locals feasted under the stars honoring their union.