It’s Hanukkah!

Hanukkah should be a big deal, if you have toddlers or young children. Why? Because we are all covered up in Christmas. The decorations are dazzling, the music is playing everywhere we go. It is everywhere. As a Jewish parent, Christmas was the worst time of the year because I had to explain why we…

70 degree December in Alabama

this artificial tree is at my lawyer’s office lobby. in front of HUGE windows leading to the front doors to a 70 degree day. BTW Vermont? Alabama wants your Birch tree branches. They sell them here. These “logs” cost over $100 a piece.

the perfect shot

this photograph was taken by a friend of mine. i saw it on Instagram & begged him if i could share it. you can see, he said yes. this is his daughter, Ru. you can follow Dan Robertson on Instagram, he takes some amazing photos. and he has a wicked sense of humor. http://www.instagram.com/yousmiledatme/ i…

cool Christmas reindeer art project!

at first, i was going to TAPE the wire to the back of each reindeer…but then a BIG lightbulb went off & i realized that i could wrap the reindeer as they would be, if linked together by Santa’s elves! i LOVE those sparks that come as i’m trying to make something work. yesterday i…

Who is watching your front door?

i have an owl, whoooooooom i borrowed from my son. i found this wreath at a thrift store (thrift stores are a fantastic way to make art out of old), a few years ago, for $3. a great find, i cut the pealing red ‘berries’ off-some where showing their white undersides. i decided to make…

I am changing how we celebrate Hanukkah.

Pretty audacious, right? well, i am tired of tiptoeing around what is right & wrong with how to celebrate Hanukkah. i grew up in Vermont with two parents, my father is Jewish & my mother converted. We grew up celebrating both Christmas & Hanukkah.¬†we got a Christmas tree. perhaps a day or two before Christmas….

the last Antebellum Mansion in Birmingham, Alabama

The Arlington House has a very cool history. The house is decorated for Christmas this month. Obvious to Southerners, the home is in the South because is has dried cotton turned into Christmas decorations, its the wife & children’s nursery. The wife’s room has dried Okra hanging in her two bedroom windows. There is a…

Christmas decorating circa 1840 in the Deep South

only in the South would they decorate with dried okra & Magnolia leaves. But i love the dried oranges, lemons, apples & cinnamon W/ gingerbread men cookies. I would guess that people smelled pretty nasty living in Birmingham, Alabama. summers are humid & hot down South. hanging dried fruit & cookies would have been a…