Friday, December 21, 2012

A Gift for the Spring

A dear friend came by last night to drink a glass of bubbly and exchange some holiday cheer. Her gift was a box of seeds gathered from
her beautiful garden. 

What a gift it will be when they bloom in our
garden this spring.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Get Bush Smart

We have worked with a number of great stylists.  Among the very best is John Davison.  Bill's worked with John a number of times on Ralph Lauren shoots.  John would often talk about his seriously intrepid mid winter slogs in the most remote places--in the most severe weather.  Now we've word that John and Kevin Sterling have a new company called Bush Smart

With all things heritage coming to the forefront, they've developed a line of the most beautifully crafted camp gear we've ever seen.  The craftmanship and magnificent design combine with perfect functionality.  The gear is truly impressive.  Check out and especially the Jackadashery and the Heroes sections on the site.  Get stuff and get smart..

Thursday, December 6, 2012

In Memory of Oscar Niemeyer

 In Memory of Oscar Niemeyer, 1907 - 2012.

Monday, November 5, 2012


Zander, our son, sent us this Cavafy poem translated by the great Phillip Sherrard and Edmund Keeley (who wrote the introduction to The Greek File).



Waiting for the Barbarians

By C. P. Cavafy
Translated By Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard

What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?

      The barbarians are due here today.

Why isn’t anything going on in the senate?
Why are the senators sitting there without legislating?

      Because the barbarians are coming today.
      What’s the point of senators making laws now?
      Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.

Why did our emperor get up so early,
and why is he sitting enthroned at the city’s main gate,
in state, wearing the crown?

      Because the barbarians are coming today
      and the emperor’s waiting to receive their leader.
      He’s even got a scroll to give him,
      loaded with titles, with imposing names.

Why have our two consuls and praetors come out today
wearing their embroidered, their scarlet togas?
Why have they put on bracelets with so many amethysts,
rings sparkling with magnificent emeralds?
Why are they carrying elegant canes
beautifully worked in silver and gold?

      Because the barbarians are coming today
      and things like that dazzle the barbarians.

Why don’t our distinguished orators turn up as usual
to make their speeches, say what they have to say?

      Because the barbarians are coming today
      and they’re bored by rhetoric and public speaking.

Why this sudden bewilderment, this confusion?
(How serious people’s faces have become.)
Why are the streets and squares emptying so rapidly,
everyone going home lost in thought?

      Because night has fallen and the barbarians haven't come.
      And some of our men just in from the border say
      there are no barbarians any longer.

Now what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?
Those people were a kind of solution.
C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems
Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard
Translation Copyright © 1975, 1992 by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard

Remember to Vote. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Common Ground For Peace

On Monday, our sons had the honor of attending "Common Ground for Peace," a two day forum at Syracuse University, where Simon is a freshman.  Leading the conversation among the many luminaries from the world of politics, policy, and journalism, was His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and it was a thrill for our children to hear his message.  To paraphrase, focus on what makes all human beings the same: we sleep, we dream, we eat, we work. Among humans, our most common traits are just that, common to us all.  Please take a few moments to listen for yourself.  He comes in to the video at 24 minutes.  You can view it here.

War?  What is it good for?  Absolutely nothing.

Friday, October 5, 2012


This Sunday's NY Times T magazine has a cover story on John Derian shot by Bill.  John and his work are perfectly reflected in this 'make-under'.  You can read the online version of the story here.

Monday, August 6, 2012

We Know What He Did This Summer

It has been a while since our last post, but living has won over blogging this summer.  After a long trip to Greece--our first without all three of our children--we are home and eagerly await  reuniting with Simon, our middle son, who flew up to Maine the day after he graduated high school for work.  Simon was a counselor at our beloved Pine Island Camp in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, where he and his brother Zander spent many happy summers in the wilderness as campers.

It's the day after this year's campers have departed, and a now-relaxed Simon excitedly called this morning to tell us that the mother of one of his campers mentioned him in a piece she wrote for the BBC about PIC.

Simon has always had a magical sway over young kids.  From the piece below, we see he hasn't lost his touch.  You can read the article here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Indivisible America

Not fans of Starbuck's coffee, we've been won over to the company by through its Indivisible campaign and chairman Howard Schultz's effort to create American jobs.  Today, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch had an article on the company's support of The American Mug and Stein Company in Ohio.  It's a very small step but one that we hope will start a trend--creating one job at a time in the US by one major corporation after another.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Photographs from Pine Island Camp in MSL

Our two boys went to Pine Island Camp for a number of years and were counselors afterwards.  Simon, our middle child, is a rowing counselor there this summer. 

We have often said that if there is any hope for the world, it will come out of the values learned at a place like Pine Island Camp.  The current (May) issue of Martha Stewart Living shows why.    

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Andrea and Andrea Raisfeld Locations in today's New York Times

“My specialty is really residential,” said the agent, Andrea Raisfeld, the founder of Andrea Raisfeld Locations.  [Photograph: Dave Sanders for The New York Times]

Andrea is featured in today's New York Times article “Homes With Star Quality Are Now Hiring an Agent” by Elizabeth Harris.  

“A talent agent has his or her stable of actors and actresses. My cast is houses and places,” the article quotes.

Check out the whole piece at or download the full article here.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Our NY based, Swedish Beach House

We are done.  There's still dust to wipe and pictures to hang but our Eve Ashcraft-led paint job is done.  We've gone from black floors to light grey ones.  The walls are cool, the ceilings are warm and in some rooms,  just the opposite.  We've added wallpaper and we are loving it.  It's real renewal.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Joy of Quiet

Pico Iyer, the author, most recently, of "The Man Within My Head", a tribute to the British novelist Graham Greene, had a front page story in Sunday's New York Times Week in Review,  entitled The Joy of Quiet.  It's a topic we, along with many of our friends, discuss frequently--escaping the constant constant stream of too much information.  If you missed the article, we strongly encourage you take a look at it here.