A word maximalist.

I enjoy many aspects of life and find it difficult to wrap those interests in just a few words in order to fit them in the small boxes and short quips of social media. I enjoy reading interesting books, starting (and postponing!) creative projects, exploring our state of California, exciting thrift store finds, and caring for my ever-growing collection of houseplants. Oh, and food! Food, food and more food. These things connect me to our shared life experience as well as allow me to learn about the bigger world outside my view. Let’s talk about some of these things…and whatever else pops up along the way.


  • Girl, don’t do it…

    It’s not worth it. I’m not gonna do it, I was just thinking about it. I’m not gonna do it. I did it. The recipe for Southern Living’s Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake. Holy nutmeg! The perfect marriage of spice cake and pumpkin bread. I am NOT one of those people. I don’t like rushing seasons […]

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  • Midtown Farmers Market

    We look forward to Saturday every week. The Midtown Farmers Market is the perfect size. It’s not an overwhelming market, so you can slow down and see it all. We are also developing our ‘favorites’ list of vendors we must stop and see what they have new for the week. For Scott, it’s the vendor […]

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  • THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN + Book of the Month

    I was very honored that Book of the Month posted one of my pictures today on their social media. It was a photo of this fantastic book about J.P. Morgan’s assistant, Belle da Costa Greene, who helped build the J. Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City in the early 1900’s. THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN is […]

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  • Sutherland’s Sunday Summary (except on a Tuesday)

    Spring in Northern California…wow. From February to the end of May is northern California’s show-off time. It’s a gorgeously long season of magnificent blooms and growth. After a few months of rain, everything catapults to life. This was just a walk around the block… Clearly this house has mastered the art of rose bushes. The […]

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  • commonality

    In a world of disconnection, it has felt even more comforting to gather with people all over the world as we circle the same scripture on the same day. That is the beauty of the liturgy, for me. Similar thoughts are being mulled over. Time of year is being considered. The great joining together happens […]

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    This family drama was true southern prose full of spirits and stories and spells. Sin and family and forgiveness. No one dies quite like a southerner, taking their specific cooking and unique lineage, leaving us our heritage and pockets full of stories to embellish for many generations to come. “…. sorrow is food, swallowed too […]

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