17 Aug 2012

The Student Whisperer

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By all accounts, Timothy Westbrook is a cheerful guy.  He’s beaming whenever I see him: showing one of his fabrics to a guest, chatting with staff, carrying a cup of coffee through the halls or waving from behind the sewing machine in his studio.  Beaming. His good mood radiates with a different frequency today. Three […]

10 Aug 2012

Bravery

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Bravery

I spotted the boy first.  A fair-headed toddler with the ambition –if not the arm extension—to reach the hand towels all by himself.  Up on his tiptoes, he wiggled and stretched his fingers toward the sensor. His small grunts only rumbled out as giggles. His mother and I watched for an extra heartbeat before she […]

8 Aug 2012

Incognito

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  “So, who’s going to read this? Where will it be published?” I suppose this is what it’s like to talk with a spy or an undercover agent.   “Do you have to use my real name?” Or a fugitive from the law.   “You’re not going to mention where I work, are you?” Or, […]

3 Aug 2012

Good Genes

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Good Genes

Zoom in close. The young performer engages every facial feature to deliver this song.  Pan out slowly, generic take in her full frame.  She’s comfortable at the microphone and at home behind her guitar. Her singing is inspired and sincere. The lilt and texture of her voice is an appealing mix of Toby Lightman, buy […]

27 Jul 2012

So Fast

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So Fast

… and then it was over.  More than a year of searching, planning, budgeting and finger crossing, reduced to a memory in an instant. “Everyone tells you it will go by fast,” said Ashley, “but I remember thinking ‘it’s a whole day, how fast could it go?’” I’m with Ashley and her husband, Luke, on […]

23 Jul 2012

Quietude

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Quietude

The first thing seized is the nose. The smell is, at once, familiar and exotic: chocolate, ginger, hyacinth, grandma’s house and ocean breeze. This must be the scent of ambrosia. Next, the eyes take in the organic symmetry of the room: open and clean lines, recessed nooks and uncluttered walls, multiple sitting areas, oversized planters […]