Winter is Coming

For those in the market for a new home, the onset of winter may make the search take on a new urgency. "Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for a home." — Edith SitwellThe more I looked for inspiration about winter online, the clearer it became that winter is a time of reflection. What else would be going on in a talk beside a fire, but the exchange of reflections on some topic. And the conversation can lead…

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What does it mean to be Welcome?

One of my favorite aspects of my career as a real estate agent, is to be able to say Welcome Home. The word Welcome is so powerful. According the Mark Twain quote “A kindly courtesy does at least save one’s feelings, even if it is not professing to stand for a welcome.” So a welcome is far beyond a courtesy. It makes us think of hospitality. Whose job is it to welcome and be welcoming? Those in hospitality.  It involves making others feel at home. It involves a relation between a host and a guest. “When I offer hospitality, something…

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Kitchen Capers

The kitchen is one of the rooms that can teach us so much history. In Downton Abbey, it was huge and well equipped, but downstairs. In the Thompson House in Carbondale, the kitchen is on the back side and quite small, as they were in early American farmhouses. Proximity to outdoors is important-- bringing supplies in and taking a hot pot out. In fact in the Middle Ages outdoor kitchens were the norm. Alfred Hitchcock once said "Happines is a small house with a big kitchen." Maybe it was small and in the back because women and slaves worked there,…

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