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Being Beautiful: Have your cake and eat it, too

Posted 2/6/2016 in Columns

It doesn't get better than a good devil's food cake made from scratch, with milk chocolate buttercream frosting, the kind my granny made and most likely passed down from her granny, too.

 

Being Beautiful: Hiding under tables and peeking through glass

Posted 1/30/2016 in Columns

I remember as a little boy hiding underneath the mahogany dining table, holding my knees in my hands for no reason except that I could.

 

Being Beautiful: If these walls could talk

Posted 1/23/2016 in Columns

Old houses make my heart beat fast -- the chipping paint and aged patina of a 100-year-old fašade and the view from weathered windows looking out through giant oaks toward the river.

 

Being Beautiful: I don't have a monopoly on memories, but ...

Posted 1/16/2016 in Columns

I was first introduced to Monopoly from the swivel bar stools of my family's kitchen, and it was there on Mama's yellow Formica bar that I learned about making deals, taking chances, and how one never wants to go directly to jail.

 

Being Beautiful: I hear the train a'coming

Posted 1/9/2016 in Columns

I hear the bells ringing in the church towers every night, but it's the sound of the whistling train near the river that carries me back to being a little boy following after my older brothers near the tracks of my childhood.

 

Being Beautiful: Peacock angels from our guardian angel

Posted 1/2/2016 in Columns

It made me uneasy as I cut into the hem, the scissors traveling across what seemed like oceans of sparkling blue fabric, and with each turn, my mind wandered back to all the times she wore the peacock shirt.

 

Being Beautiful: Love is always right on time

Posted 12/26/2015 in Columns

I remember it like it was yesterday. Daddy wore his brown leather blazer, always a siren to alert us that we were destined for town.

 

Being Beautiful: On the first day of Christmas ...

Posted 12/19/2015 in Columns

My holidays are not like old black and white films where the family sits around the piano belting out carols. Trust me.

 

Being Beautiful: If everyone blends in, who stands out?

Posted 12/14/2015 in Columns

I laugh at rules and conformity.

 

Being Beautiful: Longing for the gift money can't buy

Posted 12/5/2015 in Columns

My vintage Santa plates stare at me from my holiday table, nestled onto blue and gold chargers as red crystal goblets stand beside them.

 

Being Beautiful: It's the most wonderful time of the year

Posted 11/28/2015 in Columns

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and, oh, the rich memories it all conjures up of Christmases past.

 

Being Beautiful: What do tomato soup and lipstick have in common?

Posted 11/21/2015 in Columns

Several years ago, I fell asleep on the sofa only to be awakened by the sound of the QVC home shopping network, every light in the house turned on, and Mama flailing her arms in the air. I wasn't dreaming.

 

Being Beautiful: Praise the Lord, I saw the light ...

Posted 11/14/2015 in Columns

The architecture of life is so similar to that of the stained glass windows posed perfectly still across time, illuminated by lanterns and candles in ancient churches along my drives through old towns.

 

Being Beautiful: Blow out the candles and make a wish

Posted 11/8/2015 in Columns

Like the old song says, it's my party and I'll cry if I want to.

 

Being Beautiful: What makes a house a home?

Posted 11/1/2015 in Columns

Walt Disney said, "We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we're curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."

 

Being Beautiful: Sometimes a picture really is worth 1,000 words

Posted 10/25/2015 in Columns

The birds are chirping outside my window. As I lean in to listen, I wonder what they are saying to each other.

 

Being Beautiful: Reverie of a man and his dog

Posted 10/17/2015 in Columns

Seasons come and seasons go. Years pass by in what seems like no time at all.

 

Being Beautiful: I am the product of their sacrifice

Posted 10/10/2015 in Columns

Being Beautiful: What would Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens say?

Posted 10/3/2015 in Columns

If the runways of New York and Paris were any indication of fall's mood in fashion, women will be falling in love with a 19th Century return to lady-like drama.

 

Being Beautiful: I want to feel Christmas like a child

Posted 9/26/2015 in Columns

 

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