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Beach Wear

July 6, 2015

Herman Miller Summer Picnic

I didn’t make it to the beach this holiday weekend, but I was wearing flip flops. For most of my adult life, I didn’t own a pair. Summers were so chilly in San Francisco, that I barely went without socks. But L.A. is the land of the thongs with its combination of mild climate and casualness, and it’s probably the number one shoe choice here. It didn’t take me long to succumb. Now, I’m addicted, and I always keep a spare on hand.

Stephen Frykholm poster: Herman Miller summer picnic

Thanks, America

July 3, 2015

Ed Bing Lee. Pop Corny

I have a crush on my country. During the last two weeks, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, California passed a law abolishing most vaccine exemptions. Same-sex marriage is the law of the land. Companies are dumping Trump. Progress is real. Change is possible here. I’m a fan. What do you love about America?

Sculpture by Ed Bing Lee

Go Team!

July 2, 2015

U.S. Soccer Team


Game time, Sunday, 7PM EST on Fox.



July 1, 2015

Pretty in Pink

June 30, 2015

Emily Blincoe

Another reason to love summer.

Photo by Emily Blincoe

A Toast to UnMarriage People

June 29, 2015


Last Friday, I was overflowing with such joy and gratitude that I didn’t want to ruin the buzz to focus on Justice Kennedy’s opinion. But it’s a new week. Here’s an excerpt:

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

A few parts really chafe:

No union is more profound…
In forming a union, 2 people become something greater than once they were…
Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness….

One of my favorite tweets from Friday was from a gay friend, who immediately after the ruling wrote, “OMG, I’m an old maid in 50 states.” I say, welcome to the club, filled with multilayered members (some may just be passing through) who have robust lives full of love, good works, family and union. No matter the bias, FPS community, let’s continue to own our single truth.

New Yorker cartoon by Tom Toro

God Bless America!

June 26, 2015

The White House

Photo: The White House lit up in honor of the SCOTUS ruling

What’s For Dinner?

June 25, 2015

Karen Appleton

At the Farmer’s Market this past Sunday, I picked up a beautiful Gaya melon that I’ll be draping with prosciutto as a first course. Then, I’m grilling chicken-apple sausages and fresh corn. It’s a perfect summer feast for one.

Hurry. It’s the last few days to enter our contest, How to Measure Success.

Painting by Karen Appleton


Are You Keeping Yourself Amused?

June 24, 2015

Jean Paul Sartre


Quote attributed to Jean-Paul Sartre via thisisn’thappiness

Stay Cool

June 23, 2015

Koyuki Inagaki

Photo by Koyuki Inagaki