Siddhartha's River and Our River

One of the best things about tutoring an inquisitive ninth grader in the humanities – literature and history, writing and global studies – is that I have the opportunity to revisit stories I have read in the distant past, when I was a different person. Doesn’t the passage of time change us at least […]

Eavesdropping on a Conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin

It is good to have an end to journey toward,

but it is the journey that matters in the end.

Photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

On a cold and windy Sunday afternoon, Bill and I settled into our seats in UCLA’s Royce Hall to listen to Ursula Le […]

Whistler's First Lesson: Manage Your Palette

If you cannot manage your palette, how are you going to manage your canvas?

“Harmony in Blue and Violet: Miss Finch” 1885

In Glasgow, Scotland, we visited the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Art Gallery and discovered a treasure trove: The Whistler Collection. Upon James McNeill Whistler’s death in 1903 (b. […]

An Unexpected Journey: Breast Cancer

I received a diagnosis of invasive breast cancer six years ago, two weeks before I was due to go on a much anticipated 2 1/2 week trip with William and Natalie. I am so glad my surgeon realized that I not only wanted to still go on the trip, but that I needed to go. […]

Older = Wiser?

University of Glasgow’s “Blackstone Chair” — From 1451 until the mid 19th century, students took oral exams seated on the Black Stone, a slab of stone. The stone was embedded in an oak chair in 1775-6. Once the sand flowed through (20 minutes), time was up! The chair is still used for the […]

Skipping Middle School Taught Us...

It’s been six years since our family made the bold decision to “skip middle school” and home school Natalie during her 7th and 8th grade years. At the time, some people questioned our judgement. One mother asked, “What about high school? If you do this, won’t Natalie have a hard time getting into a good […]

Creativity = Courage + Uncertainty + Curiosity

My new daybed in Applewood Schoolhouse with the poster I’ve had since I was 17. This is where I try to practice curiosity and uncertainty every day. Sometimes I feel timid. Sometimes I feel courageous.

“The creative place is the place where no one else has ever been.

August 13th, 2015 | Category: Pamela | 2 comments

The Perfect Baguette


Two posts ago, I wrote about discovering the perfect book, which I found in a delightful book shop in London. Read my post: Persephone, A Novel Book Shop here

Each year Paris holds a competition for the Best Baguette. Numerous bakers enter in hopes of having their baguette designated the Best Baguette. I […]

Post Trip: A New Morning Routine

After returning from a trip, as I have just done (read my posts about our trip to London, Edinburgh and Glasgow), I find that it’s a good time to try some new things at home. I’ve decided to change my early morning routine and see what happens. Instead of reading the newspaper in the […]

Persephone -- A Novel Bookshop

The morning after our arrival in London, Natalie awakens at four a.m. and cannot go back to sleep. Instead she reads and studies the map of London and gets all excited about visiting Persephone Books. Natalie has been studying Persephone’s website — — for weeks before our trip and has identified the books she […]