The 2017 Circa 19xx Gift Picks

Have you started working on your Christmas gift lists yet?  I know a couple of people who started Christmas shopping in July and are already finished!   I just can’t think about Christmas in July.  I’m too focused on the sun and the pool to think about short winter days and heavy coats!  Besides, I like …

Let’s Go to Kat & Co! A Visit (and some shopping) with Jan Ruoff, Owner of Kat & Co Antiques and Gifts

When you’re driving down Belt Highway in St. Joseph, Missouri, the last thing you expect to see along that busy thoroughfare is an antique shop.  Belt is a congested traffic corridor lined with fast food restaurants (I’ve been told St. Joseph has more fast food restaurants per capita than any town in the world), big …

Five Favorite Finds: A Visit with Susan Robinson

I spent Saturday morning exploring my friend Susan Robinson’s very stylish home, and after a fun visit and a photo shoot of well over 100 pictures, I stepped away from the experience knowing—with perfect certainty—that I had just spent time in the most beautiful bedroom I will ever see.   As I type this, I’m in …

What’s in This Locked Desk?

Take a moment, close your eyes, and step into the Way Back Machine. You’re watching Mr. Rogers on TV (yes, that Mr. Rogers, of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood fame). After a brief introduction, he stands up and takes a short stroll from his living room set into his kitchen set, all the while talking and smiling at the camera. …

From Mickey Mouse to Moonstone (Turning on a Dime)

Life is nothing if not unpredictable. As I type this, a Disney World Magic Band is sitting next to my laptop, along with a lanyard heavy with trading pins and an unused luggage tag. It’s September 11th, the day after Hurricane Irma made her way up Florida’s Gulf Coast from the Keys to south Georgia, …