Compartmentalizing the Sacred Spaces

As my friends know, I consider the Open Floor Plan to be a plague spot on American architecture, and it’s a plague that continues to spread. The home I recently purchased in Suffolk has lots and lots of walls and a few doors, and I’m a big fan of walls and...

Two Months Since My Last Blog…

This Christmas, my second as a widow, was a vast improvement over my first (last year). This year, my three daughters made the long trek to my recently acquired home in Suffolk, Virginia and we had a lovely time together on Christmas morning. This morning (Wednesday),...

Ardara: Contrast to the Commonplace

After my talk in Raleigh (May 19th), a woman named Lydia introduced herself to me (and purchased several of my books!). She said that she had family members living in a fine Sears House in Chapel Hill. That was puzzling, because I had driven through Chapel Hill the...

Teddy, the Amazing Watch Dog!

It was about 11:45 pm on a Thursday night when Teddy walked over to my side of the bed, stuck her snout next to mine, and gave me one loud “Woof.” I opened my eyes and said, “What?” (as if she would answer). With an unmistakable intensity, she...