Resolution for 2015: What good shall I do this day?

“O powerful Goodness! Bountiful Father! Merciful Guide!
Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interest.
Strengthen my resolutions to perform what that wisdom dictates.
Accept my kind offices to thy other children as the only return in my power for thy continual favors to me.”

– Benjamin Franklin

à Paris

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This was our fourth trip to Paris and the city never seems to fail in showing us new moments of beauty, despite the fact that we spent half the time retracing previous paths. Similar to our last trip, the constant recurring theme of our discussions as we walked through the city was that this has now become an easy, relaxing, and comfortable experience in “our second home.” There was no pressure to fill an itinerary – just leisurely days of long meals, visiting old favorite spots, and discovering new areas during moments of flâneur.

A few photos are enclosed below, and as always be sure to check out the others at

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The Menagerie

One of the things you notice in our home is that we have a lot of small collections. Russel Wright pottery, trios of vases, and birds.

Lots of birds.

What started as a term of endearment and a reminder of her grandmother has now grown into a small collection of objets d’art. It’s our own little menagerie.

Vedel Birds

Kristian Vedel Birds

We recently acquired a trio of birds designed by Kristian Solmer Vedel (1923-2003). Vedel designed his family of Birds – children, parents and grandparents back in 1959. Though only the small Bird was originally produced, it quickly became one of the most successful Danish wooden products from the 60’s. The three smoked and natural oak birds we have are re-production versions, but they are still all handmade by a small wood turner in Denmark.

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