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You must live in the present,
launch yourself on every wave,
find your eternity in each moment.
~Henry David Thoreau



Living in the present moment.  It's such a beautiful place to reside, yet how often are we there...not regretting the past, not worried about the future?  It's an ongoing challenge of a lifetime – some 2.5 billion or so seconds we have on this earth to practice – each moment another opportunity.

Animals and children naturally dwell there and I find when I'm faltering, I only need to look to them to show me the way. 



(They make it look so easy, don't they?)




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Today, begin to adopt the following habits:
Talk to the universe.
Listen for its reply.
Be on intimate terms with Nature.
See the life in everything.
Carry yourself like a child of the universe.
                                                                                    ~Deepak Choprah




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l&l collection no. 12 - It speaks to me.

we like...Atlas Pepper Mills

we like...Atlas Pepper Mills
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Fireworks from the Ponte Vecchio

Fireworks from the Ponte Vecchio
Giovanni Signorini (Firenze)

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At our house:
{Cast iron deer plaque used as wall hook} 9.5"x8.5"x3.5" - $29.

Might I suggest?...

Might I suggest?...
Caprese salad is traditionally made with fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese –burrata cheese takes it to a whole new level...

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Essential Oils ~ Gifts of Nature
There is something at once familiar and mysterious...

Appennino by Giambologna

Appennino by Giambologna
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John Saladino Feature
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Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking Outside the Box
...you'll be greeted by a peaceful storehouse of colors and textures —Feng Shui Heaven!

The grays have it!

The grays have it!
I've long embraced grays because they are so prevalent in the ancient stone villas...

linen & lavender -origin of a name

linen & lavender -origin of a name
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The Heart of the Home
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Dream Weavers - Rumi
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Wind and Water
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"It's a mystery."

"It's a mystery."
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Rose Tarlow, The Private House

Rose Tarlow, The Private House
...interspersed with enchanting memories of her childhood home "Windrift" and inspiration garnered from the green fields of Ireland to antiquing jaunts in the heart of Paris.

Nesting Instinct

Nesting Instinct
...I opened up a bottle of wine and with the centuries-old stone walls glowing in the candle light, I set to work creating my first pasta dish of the trip. (Recipe following.)