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In celebration of Father’s Day, I’d like to share with you a letter written about my grandfather…I re-typed it from an old newspaper clipping my mom unearthed the other day while cleaning…its torn edges left some letters missing but remarkably its content is still intact…it is a moving tribute to an exceptional man remembered for his kindness, generosity and leadership…I only wish I could have known him…how wonderful it would have been to hear about Egan’s Corner from the one and only Bob Egan

Tribute to Bob Egan

In the morning mail comes this splendid tribute to the late Bob Egan of East Cambridge…It was signed by an East Cambridge resident who asked that we keep his identity secret…”Dear Rambler: Egan’s Corner in East Cambridge does not seem the same any more…The passing of Bob Egan left a void that probably will never be filled…In every organization or gathering of men there is always one who takes it on himself to start things…The average fellow will gladly do his share when he is called on but there always has to be one who will take it on himself to get things moving, regardless of the labor and the headaches involved…Such a one was Bob Egan…Many times the boys who frequented Egan’s Corner pitched in on a collection for flowers when some close relative of one of them passed away…Often times they got together and enrolled the deceased in some religious society or sponsored a military mass for the boys in the service…Always Bob was the driving spirit behind these movements…The mass for boys in the service was his idea and he had similar masses planned for other parishes when death overtook him…He was the one who made arrangements for the raising of a service flag over Egan’s drug store and it was his idea to decorate the window with pictures of the boys in the service…The servicemen’s plaque which will soon be on display in Egan’s window was designed and procured by Bob…Always when something for somebody else had to be started, Bob Egan was the one to start the ball rolling…And when he started it, you could always be sure that he would finish it-successfully…Bob was born and educated in East Cambridge…It is safe to say that he had a wider acquaintance with the younger generation than anyone else down here…worked at Thorndike Field for about three years and always kept his friendships with the boys, many of whom are now in the service…He wrote to many boys from Cambridge on the far-flung battlefields of the war and could give you up-to-the minute news of many of them…Likeable Bob Egan will be mourned for a longtime in East Cambridge!” ~ October, 1943

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“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” ~ John Lubbock

Wishing you a lovely summer weekend!

Ophelia, Oil on canvas ~ J.W. Waterhouse, 1889

An Out of Doors Study, Oil on canvas ~ John Singer Sargent, 1889

Study, The Water’s Edge, Oil on canvas ~ Berthe Morisot, 1864

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balance and composition

Think of today as an encore performance ~ one that features yet another breathtaking NYC home designed by Vicente Wolf…his eye for balance and composition is that of a painter and his canvas…light and dark, soft and hard, rough and smooth, linear and curved…he creates a living work of art

“I believe you can find your own style simply by becoming conscious of the things that bring you pleasure. The path to wisdom, it has been said, is self-knowledge. You can cultivate your own likes and experiences – the colors in a favorite painting, the textures of shells discovered on a beach – and translate these pleasures into the design of your own home. I am encouraging not imitation, but independence.” ~ an excerpt from Learning to See by Vicente Wolf

photos from Vicente Wolf

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Hats off to Margaret Russell and the entire team at Architectural Digest for enhancing their web presence with larger photos, personal interviews, and wonderful video content! After reading my July 2012 issue of AD, I was thrilled to discover some delicious extras on the AD site! To supplement the Vicente Wolf article and photos, archdigest.com added a Q & A along with a brilliant video interview! I was lifted to new heights! The video offered me a priceless look into the eyes of the designer…seeing his expressive face and hearing his thoughtful voice was a more powerful and memorable experience than I could have imagined…thank you AD! I can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve!

The photos in today’s post are from the July 2012 issue of AD and feature a glorious 3,200 square foot apartment in downtown Manhattan overlooking the Hudson River…designer Vicente Wolf worked closely with his clients to create a space that is both luxurious and minimal ~ custom-made sofas, upholstered in a VW Home mohair, mingle with a pair of 18th century Chinese horseshoe-back armchairs…a soothing palette of gray, beige and taupe unify the space and echo the natural hues of sky and water…floating arrangements of seating create a sense of openness and calm…worn textures play with pristine new finishes…

Wolf’s masterful approach transformed this high rise apartment into a one-of-a-kind oasis…balanced, beautiful, inviting and luxurious, it embodies all that his clients hoped for and so much more…please enjoy!

photography by Pieter Estersohn for AD

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“I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips.” ~ Violette Leduc, Mad in Pursuit

Willow ~ Paul Gauguin, 1885

Landscape at Pont-Aven ~ Paul Gauguin, 1886

Pont-Aven woman and child ~ Paul Gauguin, 1886

Apple-Trees in Blossom ~ Paul Gauguin, 1879

Abandoned garden in Rouen ~ Paul Gauguin, 1884

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watermelon

Few tastes compare to a sweet, ripe watermelon…last night, I devoured a few heavenly slices and it left me wanting more! Tonight, I thought I would try this lovely and very simple recipe by Stella Metsovas…if you don’t have feta on hand, you could substitute with goat cheese, ricotta or even queso fresco (all delicious alternatives!)…also, I might add a drizzle of aged balsamic or extra-virgin olive oil…yum! Let me know if you try it and what you think!

1 whole seedless watermelon
3 ounces french-style feta
Handful fresh basil

Cube the watermelon in 1″ cubes and set aside. Drain the feta. Using a sharp knife, cut the feta in small pieces. Assemble the cubed watermelon on a plate, scattering the feta pieces around the watermelon. Finally, tear the pieces of basil, dressing the dish with the basil.

photograph from families.com

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storm clouds

As the sky darkened, I wandered down to the farm to capture the ever changing cloud formations…there is nothing like a summer storm…so much beauty and expression…wishing you a happy weekend!

storm clouds over Busa Farm ~ photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

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