• sustain (səˈsteɪn)

    — vb 1. to hold up under; withstand: to sustain great provocation 2. to undergo (an injury, loss, etc); suffer: to sustain a broken arm 3. to maintain or prolong: to sustain a discussion 4. to support physically from below 5. to provide for or give support to, esp by supplying necessities: to sustain one's family ; to sustain a charity 6. to keep up the vitality or courage of 7. to uphold or affirm the justice or validity of: to sustain a decision 8. to establish the truth of; confirm


Ella had a few days free of exams and work, so I planned a short mid-week train trip to  ogle exotic sea creatures and soak up some art and culture with my girls.  Thanks to airbnb, I found a sweet lake-side condo on the 50th floor, and we braved that elevator many times like bosses.  We watched … Continue reading



I’ve been using up all the scraps of wool left from completed projects to knit up colourful accessories – mittens, hats, cowls . . . My one knitting goal this year is to knit a blanket for my parents with a deadline of Christmas.  It figures that I’ve been procrastinating.  I spent hours and days … Continue reading

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These pictures were taken at Halloween. I’m only 4 months late.  Sue me.  This kid LOVES Halloween and trick-or-treating. I don’t get it.  She doesn’t even enjoy candy much.  Most of her loot sits in a bowl on top of the fridge for months until I trash it.  This year she wanted to dress up … Continue reading


wood slices

I picked up these wood slices from The Been Garden in Old East Village.  They make my heart sing with their simplicity and natural beauty.   Apparently we own a chainsaw, and we have a crew coming to trim some trees in the backyard, so I feel that it is imperative that I slice some branches … Continue reading



We are deep in research mode.  Food, music, language, housing, lifestyle, transportation, packing, student visas, sandals . . .  Ella is off to study abroad in September, and there is so much to do.  I wish there was a way to visit her for nine months.  I would just toot around on a bicyclette, stroll … Continue reading



This young adult is now two decades old.  She is resilient.  She is brilliant.  She is extraordinary.  Another year of  school, studying and working has paid off, and she is heading off to study in Nice in September.  This reminds me.  Ella, if you are reading this, that France travel guide is due back at the library … Continue reading



So grateful for two weeks of my people and lots of quiet.  I like this.  I needed it.  While knitting my Still Light, I have watched all of Master of None, The Bridge, and Narcos.  I am currently on the second season of Fargo, and it’s starting to look like the dress it is supposed to … Continue reading

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I took a break from knitting my tunic and many mittens, and I knit a lot of i-cord to make these sailor knot keychains.  They will go well with stripes, topsiders and windbreakers.



I have exciting news to share!  The Bridges out of Poverty | Circles program (that I love with all of my ♥) is raising money for a micro loan program designed to help eliminate barriers to poverty by granting education loans, providing financial backing to overcome barriers to employment, and helping to avoid financial crises. … Continue reading


community conversation

I would like to live in a city where no one is left behind – a city in which everyone prospers.  Poverty is unkind, and it hurts all of us.  And ultimately poverty affects our city’s ability to grow. It’s important to ask ourselves how we contribute to poverty. I think about the times I … Continue reading