Love Where You Live – East Village, San Diego, California

As an obsessive, serial relocater, my heart is often pulled toward the next possibility.  Will we live overseas? Global south? Middle East? Adventure awaits somewhere.  But over the course of many relocations, I’ve also learned you must determine to love where you live.  For the moment, that place is near East Village in downtown San Diego.… Read More Love Where You Live – East Village, San Diego, California

The Backyard We Didn’t Ask For

Our family recently relocated from rural Romania to urban San Diego, California, USA.  The southern California climate is known for encouraging an element of indoor/outdoor living.  Its outdoorsy culture cannot be overstated.  I was not surprised, therefore, to discover that San Diego’s version of Central Park – Balboa Park – recently created a nature play… Read More The Backyard We Didn’t Ask For

The Magnificent Magnolia: Baobab of the American South

When we moved to this region of the United States, considered part of “The South,” I discovered the magnolia tree.  Magnolia trees are the baobab of the American South.  Distinctive and unique to this region, the massive blooms and richly colored foliage can be found in backyards and botanical gardens alike.  The colors of the… Read More The Magnificent Magnolia: Baobab of the American South

Eye-catching architectural detail, Part I: The Winterthur, Delaware

The last few inches of an elegant stairway bannister.  A manhole, covering a storm drain, plastered with floral filigree.  The ruffled ridge of a five foot clay pot.  These architectural details catch my eye and I can’t help myself.  I have to capture it on camera.  Some artisan, skilled in his trade, has left his mark.  Over the next… Read More Eye-catching architectural detail, Part I: The Winterthur, Delaware