Beach Babies

June 29, 2015 · 1 comment

David is the best at choosing baby gifts.  Recently we needed gifts for two new babies in our lives, and David, Julia and I went shopping for them one Sunday afternoon in the village of Southampton.  I saw several things I liked, but none of them quite met David’s standards for thoughtfulness, practicality and style. […]

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We men –and Dads in particular (“Um, I don’t really need anything.”)– aren’t usually very helpful when it comes to choosing gifts for us.   So this year we’re looking to some classic mid-century TV dads for inspiration.


I hear that men are difficult to buy for, so here are a few suggestions.   Big or small, luxe or basic, the most important thing is to keep it personal.  And a little romantic. Frederic Malle Bois D’Orage.  Called “French Lover” outside of the U.S., this thoroughly masculine fragrance is bold enough to draw […]


I’m still close enough to the diaper years to think that any flight where I don’t have to change a diaper is a good flight.  Here are a few tips for making air travel with little ones as efficient and pleasant as possible.  Bon voyage!  


Parenthood has many rewards, and one of my favorites is seeing Julia beam with pride when we display her artwork.  I have a large tack board in my office that always holds lots of her latest pieces, but we also wanted to show at least one of her pictures more prominently, and give it the […]


The Dining Car

September 24, 2014 · 4 comments

We eat in the car.  Sometimes.  When we drive to Southampton on Friday evenings, we usually pick up something to go and eat on the road.  Which can get messy, usually for David and me.  (Julia’s a pretty tidy eater.) After years of hoarding stacks of give-away paper napkins, forgetting straws and digging in the […]


Julia’s Window Box

February 10, 2013 · 7 comments

It was bound to be a cold, snowy, mostly indoor weekend for our outdoors-loving daughter, and so I thought I would brighten up Julia’s room with an early Valentine’s treat.  On Friday morning before the first flakes flew, I went to New York’s flower district (28th street, mostly between 6th and 7th Avenues) to get […]


Hung Up

February 4, 2013 · 2 comments

Sometimes it’s the little things –both that bring great satisfaction, and that drive you crazy. Just inside the door of our New York loft is the entrance to our home office, and it’s there that anything we’re carrying –mail, packages, keys, glasses, phones, and our bags– tends to land.  Mostly, this works as our desks […]



February 3, 2011 · 8 comments

When I picked a jar of smoked paprika out of the spice drawer in our New York apartment and noticed a sticker that read “Best before 2/2007,” I realized I had, as they say, an opportunity for improvement.  Our spice drawer was a messy jumble of mismatched jars and tins, most of which I had […]


We’re on vacation this week in Brasil, and I never appreciate this great piece of gear more than when I’m on the road.  We’ll be away from an internet connection for a couple of days, but when we return to Rio, I’ll update you on some of our experiences in this beautiful country. Originally posted […]