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Dear reader, there are so many things I should be doing right now but I need to stop and spend a moment here, even if briefly. The other day I went for a run and my thoughts turned to how... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at tollipop
Dear Amy...a place to have a meaningful encounter with a total stranger? These conversation salons sound like something out a dream! What a fascinating idea! Will you go visit one? And how lovely to think someone comes here all the way from Ireland. I'm so glad you do. xo
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2017 on xo, new year at tollipop
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Thank you, dear Carol...your comment raises many thoughts as to what it means to convey oneself in a genuine way...I'm quite touched to think you have seen me through my words...I sometimes worry that in staying away from harder (more personal) topics, I imply life is glossier than it really is, or that I'm more polished than I actually am.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2017 on xo, new year at tollipop
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Dear reader, it's no good. I'm not going to get to that whimsical post about wardrobes and makeovers, as promised. Even though I did tag around with my glamorous girls over the Christmas break and purchase some daring pots of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at tollipop
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Dear reader, the house is rather quiet today. Jonny got on his flight this morning, Roger is at work, and the girls have returned to school. Sophie and Jakob are with us until the weekend (!), but at the moment... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at tollipop
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Hello, dear reader, how are you doing at this beautiful time of year? I say "reader" out of habit, though it seems a bit disingenuous since I so rarely write something to read these days. It rather seems I should... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at tollipop
Hi Karen...I hope you feel better soon. Four days seems like a long enough time to entertain the flu... I am on Instagram...the account is @ktollipop and I apologize if you tried and I did not add you...I've had a few troubles with it but will look for you...
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2016 on looking back on october at tollipop
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Hello, dear reader, how are you? Won't you take a minute to exchange pleasantries? Perhaps tell me something about your day? My head has been filled lately with thoughts about my thoughts--how I think, how my thoughts affect my perception... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at tollipop
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Dear reader, hello. How are you at this beautiful time of year? As always my mind is swirling with thoughts, perhaps more so than usual with the occasion of my dad's death a few weeks ago. There's not much I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at tollipop
Dear Lia, it's so true...how does one follow up after the Okanagan? It's such a visceral part of my...DNA, it seems. It makes me so happy to think you've found your way back...I will live a little bit through you. :) To me, it feels like Narnia--a place that shimmers in my mind and exists behind some magical, changing door. It is beauty beyond reason and tied up in a wealth of memories... ps I am wanting to hear all about your trip to NYC. xo
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2016 on hold on, summer at tollipop
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That's oddly touching, to think people would get a tattoo of their home state :)
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2016 on hold on, summer at tollipop
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Thanks for this comment, your words console me a bit. It conflicts me to even admit this struggle...it seems petty and juvenile and disloyal not to be anything but deeply grateful for where I live. I AM grateful...and I have a true and abiding love for the desert...it's more that I find Las Vegas, in particular, a bit disheartening. We just spent a week in San Diego where it was easy to play an entire day away at the beach. The air was gorgeous; I'm always struck by how pleasant and "livable" it is. We visited my brother and his partner, and my cousin and his lovely family, extending the invitation to visit us in Las Vegas. They (my cousin and his wife) asked what there was to do in LV (for a large family with young children)...I mean, there's LOTS to do if you have money to burn and an appetite for nightlife, etc...but in the sweltering heat of the summer it seems like the worst place to bring a family for fun. Which kind of kills a part of my soul. Sometimes I think I'm a person who wants to love things too much...you know? So many of my friends love it here in a much less complicated, kind of more practical way. I think I identified to the core of my soul with the place I grew up and was aware of it nearly every moment of every day...I just haven't been able to find that here in Las Vegas, though I have connected with other places I've lived. So...it's hard for me to answer your PS question...it almost feels like a failure to even HAVE an answer. I suppose some things I miss are a sense of seasons, of changing weather, of pure, sweet air, of easy access to a lake or ocean (let's not count Lake Mead), of a community/historic resonance that never seems to have been an important component of this town...I'm reading over my answer and cringing at how it sounds. It's really impossible for me to say. We are here and this is where I want to be happy. I do love many things about this area...but if you ask me if I like living in Las Vegas, it's probably going to take me some groping around to find the answer, every time. Hard for me to admit all this. ps let's make t-shirts! xo
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2016 on hold on, summer at tollipop
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Dear reader, I hope you're having a beautiful day. The season will be changing soon...well, not so much in the desert, but elsewhere. It changes here, too, in subtler ways. You have to go outside often to notice the details,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at tollipop
My pleasure...it's rare that I find time to distill my thoughts into words these days. I'd be happy enough in an empty room, I suppose, but I'm very grateful a few of you are here to share it with me.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2016 on thoughts at tollipop
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I do that, too. More often with food, but also with nicely arranged words. :)
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2016 on thoughts at tollipop
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Here's to girl crushes and the casual use of the word "husbandry"...long may they live on. :)
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2016 on thoughts at tollipop
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Dear reader, last year around this time I found myself driving down the Trans Canada highway with Izzy, on complete sensory overload due to the lush beauty surrounding us and my memories from long ago. I wish I could do... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at tollipop
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Dear reader, I spent the week with Izzy in Salt Lake City where she attended a chamber music workshop at the University of Utah. We stayed in a pretty little house close to campus, and of the many things I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at tollipop
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Dear reader, Izzy has started an Instagram account to sell her artwork, all proceeds going to the UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency) to aid the refugee crisis. The account is called art.for.refugees and you are welcome to follow it and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at tollipop
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How's your June, dear reader? Inspired by last year's trip to an insectarium in Montréal, I'm attempting to foster my own praying mantis habitat as well as raise a few Dynastes tityus, or the eastern Hercules beetle, from its adorable... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at tollipop
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Dear reader, this picture is just odd enough for me to really like it. I like that it gives the impression I have my wits about me and am imbued with a sense of purpose. It almost tricks me into... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at tollipop
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Yesterday I became a citizen of the United States and, by coincidental timing, was accepted into a graduate program at my local university, to begin classes in the fall. The citizenship thing comes with mixed emotions...it was the best, practical... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2016 at tollipop
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Jacqui, I feel badly that I use words like shiv and you use words like aspirational. :) Hopefully you know me well enough to know our house is as much a study of reality as anyone else's...but in the observation and wonder of living things, we do find genuine joy. xo
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2016 on communion at tollipop
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I love that verse, it just sings with joy and truth. I hope I see my grandchildren display that same open wonder and curiosity, it would seem to indicate such a happy and grounded approach to understanding the world about them.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2016 on communion at tollipop
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That really does make me happy. It seems like one tiny balance in the right direction for this universe. xo
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2016 on communion at tollipop
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