Idle July Evening

Registering Desire

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always loved pushing buttons. And I don’t mean figuratively: I literally liked to press those little plastic buttons on calculators, telephones cash registers – any gadget I could get my hands on. I loved the clicking noise they made. The response they elicited from the machine they were mounted on: a click, a beep, a number, a ding, a drawer…it was all so satisfying!  Continue reading


Le Bal a Bougival

I remember when I was younger, my family lived in this little grey cottage on a 50-acre estate in Dover Massachusetts. At the time, my parents were scarcely older than I am now, and didn’t have much money, so they worked as caretakers on the estate to subsidize rent. My sister and I, we saw this place as a never ending fantasy land: fields of buttercups, forests with hidden streams, gardens full of roses, deserted old houses all came to life with our imagination. Being home schooled, we were free to dream anything, Continue reading