• New England Summers

    July 30, 2014, Washington, DC: Happy summer, neighborhood nomads! What better way to celebrate the season than by visiting family and friends in New England, an area of the country we called home for many years and have revisited ever since. This month, we followed the scents of salty air and charcoal grills up the East Coast during our

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  • Green Mountain Friday

    June 28, 2013, Stowe, Vt: A copy of Yankee Magazine is on the table by the window when I arrive in my hotel room in Stowe, Vermont. The issue is a few months old, maybe left behind by an earlier guest, maybe held onto by hotel staff because its contents hit home. Either way, the

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  • Miles from Monday, And Still Running

    “Every mile out there is a gift.” -Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon April 22, 2013, Washington, DC: Amby Burfoot was less than a mile from the finish line last Monday, ready to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his marathon win, when the bombs went off on Boylston Street. I heard him recount

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  • Miles from Monday: Hunkering Down

    October 29, 2012, Washington, DC: Suffice it to say this is no typical Monday. Already laundry is in the dryer and chili is on the stove. Crossword complete. Floors vacuumed. Leftovers gone. Nearly nap time. Hurricane Sandy is approaching my East Coast hometowns, and she’s making a longwinded entrance. Southport is evacuated. Wall Street and the

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  • Miles From Monday: The Day We Kayaked to Lunch

    September 17, 2012, Washington, DC: The three King brothers opened King’s Kitchen in June on Connecticut’s Southport Beach. It’s a tiny shack with fish tacos and lobster rolls on the menu, Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash on the playlist, and Adirondack chairs and picnic tables on the sand. It’s a spot where books are strewn

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  • Room For a Fresh Start

    “We need our rooms to align us to desirable versions of ourselves and to keep alive the important, evanescent sides of us.” -Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness September 16 2012, Washington, DC: I had the good fortune to spend last week in several of the rooms I love, tightly clutching summer’s end before

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  • A Connecticut Homecoming

    May 8, 2012, Washington, DC: There are roots we work hard to grow when we settle into a new hometown and then there are others wedged firmly into the soil that we can’t seem to break. We returned to Connecticut this weekend for my high school reunion, refamiliarizing ourselves with the roots that took hold early on.

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  • Documenting Hometown History

    “As we write, so we build: to keep a record of what matters to us.” -Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness March 3, 2012, Washington, DC: We dined two weeks ago Nob Hill Cafe, my favorite neighborhood restaurant in San Francisco. From our little table on Taylor Street, we sifted through old photos that

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  • A Tribute to the Local Movie Theater

    February 25, 2012, Washington, DC: As celebrities prepare to pile into the Kodak Theater for tomorrow night’s Oscars, it seems like a good time to pay tribute to our tiny old neighborhood movie theaters — local joints that kept us close to home, burrowed into a cramped seat surrounded by fantastic ornamental decor, for a Sunday

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  • My Top Ten Places of 2011

    December 31, 2011, Washington, DC: There was much to celebrate in 2011, and extensive celebrations meant extensive travel with family and friends. Read on for a personal top ten list revealing my favorite places to be a part of in 2011. 10. Charlottesville, VA: The list starts and ends with wedding travel, the primary reason

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  • Full House

    December 27, 2011, Southport, CT: If this house has a personality, a bold, boisterous, bright personality, it must live for weekends like that one. It must live for the surge in the electric bill, the sloppy kitchen counter tops, and the smells of soups and firewood. A house like this one must smile from ear

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  • The Long Way Home

    “What is home if the road that draws you away from it is more familiar, more comforting? Home is what you find when you get there.” -Colleen J. McElroy, A Long Way from St. Louis December 23, 2011, Washington, DC: And so it begins for so many people. This annual trek. This long drive home

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  • Views from Sasco Beach

    “It binds us and forms our lives in ways that we do not entirely understand, and yet we are unconciously dependent upon. The places you love will do that to you.” -David Halberstam November 27, 2011, Southport, CT: Today we biked up Harbor Road and down Sasco Hill, heading for sand and a glimpse of Southport

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  • And Finally, Connecticut

    November 26, 2011, Southport, CT: We expect Southport’s summer routines to be behind us now that it’s November. But today’s weather is just as conducive to croquet and bicycles as it was last time I was here — in May — for a girls’ weekend. Six months ago, we were mixing lemonade and beer, and blossoms were bursting. This

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  • Hometown, By Marriage

    November 26, 2011: There’s a charming red house in a town just outside Boston that I’ve just realized has become my newest home. I’ve married in. With a new family, I’ve inadvertently been graced with yet another place on the map that’s meaningful to those I now call family, with a hometown accompanied by years

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  • Hometown Southport: Hurricane Irene

    August 28, 2011, Washington, DC: A few days ago I reflected on the serene end of summer in my hometown of Southport, Ct. It was a different story there this morning. My parents’ house off the harbor weathered the storm well, but here’s what they documented today on Harbor Road after high tide following Hurricane Irene. All photos

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  • Shore Style

    August 21, 2011, New Jersey Shore: What is it that draws us to the coast? Is it the grey shingled homes that blend in here by the dunes, so steadily weathering the rain and wind? Is it the salty breeze off the water? The grilled seafood dinners on a screened in porch? We are drawn

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  • Hometown Southport

    August 19, 2011: Summer’s end creeps up too fast. No matter how much I’ve traveled this season, the list of places I’ve yet to go remains far too long. But it’s hard to believe a seemingly simple and uncomplicated trip back home did not make the cut this season. It’s hard to believe summer is ending

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