Ruby AEB Vanderzee

Thursday, September 25, 2008

At Home Everywhere

Sometimes I feel most at home in motion...trains, planes, bikes, on horseback or clicking my heels down the streets of NYC. Life is good. The rolling stone...yada yada...

Counting my Blessings

My dear sweet NYC friends are taking such good care of me as I move back and forth in my gypsy year between Madison and NY.

Eating my way around the USA

Former LeapFrog Colleague Lunch, SF

Mirsada's Too Much Parsley Goodness, The Tenderloin, San Francisco

Liney's First Papusa, The Mission, San Francisco

Erich's Blueberry Birthday, Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin

The Best Enchilladas Ever, Green Chilis and Spicy Ground Pork, Thank you, David and Jordan, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Grandma's Picnic Table, Sunset Grover Beach, Homemade soup, jello salad and pork tenderloin, Central Coast of California

Tartine, Patisserie Extra Ordinaire, $60 Breakfast, San Francisco

Kosher Chinese, Chinatown, SF

Enough Said

Grand Central Market, in the old hood, Downtown Los Angeles

Best Cappuccino EVER, Cafe Henri, Long Island City, Brooklyn, NY

Kyle and Don's Wedding

These brave and beautiful men were happily married on July 25 in San Francisco, CA. Many tears and toasts to the great State of California for honoring love between any two people.

Marin with the Fayzinator

To Grandmothers house I go...

An Amtrack down the coast from San Francisco to Grover Beach to see my good old totally Americana grandparents. A mile from the beach and my favorite grove of eucalyptus trees....So sweet it is to have

Los Angeles, Baby, Baby, Baby

My loveliest friends are reproducing...and the world is a better place for it! Welcome Elijah and Dylan! Gorgeous and Gorgeous, a combination of their divine parents!

Thursdays with Daphne

Look at this sweet little being of light! Proud to say my sister made her. This might be as close as I get to my own...From April to August I've had the great joy of following this tiny person around the town of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. Walks to discover dogs and birds and flowers, mostly, a few of her favorite monosyllabic repetoire. She is a peaceful, watchful wonder bug.

A Surprise Saturday in Salt Lake City

Lindsay, Lindsay, Lindsay....sing to me!

The Ghosts of Leadville, Colorado

Drove the back roads, the 17, the 24, up from 7500 ft. elevation to 10,200 to the historic and haunted Leadville. The center of the Silver Boom of 1880 and a setting for my father and my book 'Passing', this was a long awaited trip for me. My former Marin County roommate Julie drove up from Denver to meet me for a weekend of research and discovery. We stayed at the Delaware Hotel on Harrison Ave, built 1886. We went to the Baby Doe Reading Room at the Library, clad in red velvet. We found a book with description of 'Stillborn Alley', the appalling tell-all of where the prostitutes ubiquitous with the times through their miscarriages and unwanted babes. The cribs still line the back side of what was 3rd Street. The dirt still mingled with blood, semen and tears. Julie and I were spooked, 1000%. We had the good fortune of being able to take in a silent movie at the Tabor Opera house on Sunday after a horseback ride through the mountains. The pieces of my grandmothers stories are not any clearer, but the setting is.