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John Cage: On bringing change.


“I noticed…you get into a taxi and very frequently the poor taxi driver is just beside himself with irritation. And one day I got into one and the driver began talking…accusing absolutely everyone of being wrong…and I simply remained quiet. I did not answer his questions, I did not enter into a conversation, and very shortly the driver began changing his ideas and simply through my being silent he began…saying rather nice things about the world around him…

My notion of how to proceed in a society to bring change is not to protest the thing that is evil, but rather to let it die its own death…I think we can state that the power structure is dying because it cannot make any inspiring statements about what it is doing. I think protests about these things…will give it the kind of life that a fire is given when you fan it, and that it would be best to ignore it, put your attention elsewhere, take actions of another kind of positive nature, rather than to continue to give life to the negative by negating it.” – John Cage


Six years of marriage & love.




Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body.. That is just being “in love”, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”

― Louis de Bernieres, Captin Corelli’s Mandolin

Happy anniversary husband. x


a sense of wonder.

I can’t help but feel nostalgic after visiting the pne.
As a child, every ride seemed unreasonably fast and
 the prizes larger than life.
And the sweets..
I remember how we had to beg my mom to
allow us to eat that much sugar in one sitting.
It’s somehow more of a treat when it’s less accessible to you.
For a moment, last night, 
I wondered if I had finally outgrown it all 
until my eyes caught that giant swing, stretched high up in the sky.
That sense of wonder, it only leaves you if you allow it to and
I intend to hold on to it as long as I possibly can.
xo N

weekend bits.


It was a lovely weekend of sunshine, family, friends, 
indulgence and celebration.
I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Mother’s Day weekend.
Of course I have my husband to thank for most of it –
two days of sleep ins, my favorite activities planned and 
thoughtful gifts such as this book –
he really does know how to make me smile.
There could be no better example for our son.

xo N

the past week, via my berry.

1– Brooks Brothers shopping
2– Our new household toy
3– New coffee table books acquired over the holidays
4– Impromptu sangria party with girlfriends at
5– My current read
6– A sick but very happy baby

Despite the fact our entire family has started the year
with a terrible cold,
2012 has already brought the promise of many great adventures.
On new year’s eve we hosted some of our dearest friends and
shared laughter over delicious treats until early in the morning.
Luca, who rarely wakes up before 5am,
woke up just fifteen minutes before the ball dropped.
I was so happy to have him in my arms 
at the stroke of midnight –
and I’m pretty sure he was the highlight of the night
 for our guests as well.

xo N