Due to impending snow, Fiercely Curious LAST DAY and Boozy Bazaar is now on FRIDAY MARCH 6 from 7pm-Midnight! 

In addition to the 1 Year Anniversary Show, artists will be holding a bazaar of their other work, including pieces at huge discounts, because what artist has storage space in Brooklyn?! This is your chance to score some incredible work.

INTERIORS by Micaela

I have spent an unfortunate amount of time in pediatric hospital wards in my day.  So-so hospitals, top-rate hospitals, huge hospitals and smaller ones, clinics, doctors offices, you name it.  They all have one singular thing in common that I believe to be one of the most soul sucking elements on earth: fluorescent lighting.  If there is anything that can make even a healthy person look and feel sick it is the greenish hue of corporate strip lights.

There is little hope to counter this malaise, but invariably hospitals only make it worse by decorating in the soft mauves and beiges and greys of a 1980's Holiday Inn.  On the pediatric ward they might tape up a cut out of a monkey or a dinosaur but, honestly, that only makes it more depressing.  The space itself and it's effects on patients is, of course an afterthought.  They are there for MEDICINE  in big gold lights, not a spa day.

This hospital in London, however, has received the memo that the environment you are treated in, especially if you are a child, has a massive impact on your overall experience. It will not negate that having to be in a pediatric ward is often terrifying, devastating, incredibly boring and claustrophobic, but being in a space that is designed with joyous creativity sends the message to visitors that says "your comfort and and your feelings matter to us while you are here".

TULUM, MI AMOUR by Micaela

Sam and I just spent 5 glorious days in Tulum, Mexico. Just us two - BIG shout out to my mom for staying at our house with Roan amid the "snowpocalypse". 

Having a real vacation - we had cabs to drive us everywhere, people to carry our bags, cook our meals and bring them to us, plan our outings, clean our room, etc- I realize is basically like getting to be my kid for 5 days. 

From now on when someone says to me (I get this all the time) "what do you do all day?" I am going to say that I'm in Hospitality Management.

CONFUSED by Micaela

Today Roan and I were sitting in his room when out of nowhere he asked, "why were Martin Luther King and Blondie shot?"

It took me a minute to figure out wtf he was talking about, when I remembered that last week we were in the car listening to classic rock on the radio when he asked me "why did Gandhi have a heart of glass?"... Bingo.

I believe I have to make more of an effort to separate our discussions about significant historical figures from pop culture references from now on.


We're in the car today on the way home from Aikido Roan said "I think this world is a dream and we are all having the same dream so we are all in the world together". 
Boy genius, right?


It's cold so I thought I would torture myself (and you)  by editing and posting photos from our glorious trip to Turks and Caicos in October.  It was the first non family vacation we have taken since the babies were born and it was heaven.  I am not normally a big beach person (sand makes me cranky, I sunburn easily)  but this, my friends,  I could do more often.

We went with our friends Tim and Elizabeth and their kids Charlie (one of Roan's best buds) and Max.  Big shout out to Elizabeth who planned everything and all we had to do was show up. 

A nice way to remember 2014 which was, all in all, a great year.  

Roan and Charlie float about on their favorite secret beach

Sleepy Max

Conch shells for sale

Charlie at the pool we crashed at some fancy resort

They shooed us off the beach furniture however

Our pool with a view of the Taylor Bay

Charlie not quite ready for a dip

Cool Hand Max

Nudie swimming

Elizabeth with her boys

Roan was quite happy to go commando the whole time

Tim and Max

Taylor Bay at sunset

House at dusk

Dinner prepared for us at home

Sunset from the house

More Conch shells

Roan on Iguana Island

An Iguana on Iguana Island

All of us


One of the boat tour operators making us Conch Ceviche.  I asked him "where can you possibly have to go on vacation if you live here?" and he said "We go to New York and go shopping"

This is the real color of the water

Sam was quite content

Sam Roan and I took a boat to North Caicos Island

We rented the oldest, most busted Jeep I've ever been in but it worked

Naptime on the road

The grill was a bug cemetery

This was interesting -
Signs of protest and discontent - these were the only ones I saw

We were hiking for ruins and decided to turn back when we met this guy

Basketball court

Little lady saying Hi to me

Blissful nap on the way back to Provo

Roan loves boats

Sam and Roan both love boats

Locals swimming at dusk


                                                                   I will keep
                                                                   In my house

                                                                   On which
                                                                   I will

                                                                   Their beauty

                                                                   I will keep

                                                                   I will keep


                                                                   I will keep

                                 - Excerpt from "I Will Keep Broken Things" by Alice Walker

                                               LULA NEAVE WALKER MURRAY
                                                  June 11, 2010 - December 4, 2011


My good friend Dave is, I have mentioned before, a man of many talents.  He's a photo editor, an incredible painter and muralist, a remarkable illustrator and drawer, a soon-to-be dad with his equally lovely wife Jess, and to top it off, a first class musician.  How can one person behold so many talents?  Really, he's just being selfish - he should share some with the rest of us.

Per my posting a couple of days ago of Roan serenading Langston with"Ring of Fire", Dave has done a rendition just for Roan. 

Take it away, Dave.


Roan's buddy Langston was over for a play date this weekend and I happened upon this little guitar lesson.

Incidentally, Langston's dad Ennis, ran in the NYC marathon on Sunday.  We went to his and his wife Rachel's house to cheer him on while eating mountains of bacon and waffles.  Followed by donuts.  Ennis blazed past us all looking fresh as a daisy at the 8 mile mark while we stood outside his home, bloated with carbs, highly impressed at Ennis' efforts and so thankful we could return to the warmth inside to eat more treats.


I've been threatening to crash my cousin Sarah's place in the country for years.  A place to escape the city periodically is essential to one's sanity and is something Sam and I routinely crave. We finally managed to invite ourselves up a couple of weeks ago.  

Sarah's house is north and west of the city, right near the Deleware Water Gap and just across from Pennsylvania. It's supposedly about 2 1/2 hours from Brooklyn but for us with Roan about a 4 hour drive. How does one quick lunch break and and several emergency pee breaks compute to an extra hour and a half?  I just don't get it.

Once we got there, however, all was glorious.  We were greeted by Gunnar, a very enthusiastic and noisy pit bull who seems unaware of how intimidating he comes across when he's really just SO glad you came to visit and is hoping you will throw a stick for him 60-80 times.  Trailing behind was Casey, 15 years old, blind and deaf but sweet and silky as can be.  

We had a lovely weekend sitting on the porch, as one does in the country, walking on the open rocks of the Delaware, and hanging out with Calvin and Chip, Sarah's horses.  I don't think I've ever really felt so much that horses really are like gigantic dogs.  They nuzzled up to us and followed us around begging for treats.  Roan went on a ride through the woods.  He absolutely loves horses, not the easiest hobby to sustain in Brooklyn, so this was a delight.

Every visit to the country opens up the ever mulled-over question:  to buy a country house or not to buy?  In the week after we've been upstate I can pretty much guarantee I will find Sam house surfing on the internet.  "Look at this one!!  It's got a barn and 50 acres!  It's like $60,000!!! Oh, wait, it's near Canada".  Sigh. 

Two weeks later I got an email from Sarah that Casey died.  He told her he was ready, she said.  How lucky we were to get to spend that last fun filled weekend with him!  He was very smitten with Roan although he could hardly keep up with him.  Still there was some lovely snuggling. RIP Casey.

Gunnar, the welcoming committee

Sarah's beautiful old farm house and Gunnar with a log

Delaware Water Gap


Sunday Morning Paper

Calvin and Chip with Sarah and Roan

Getting acquainted



Roan gets a lesson

Sunset stroll

Gunnar at the end of a very exciting day

Sam and Casey

LIGHT WRITING 2014 - PICS! by Micaela

The Light Writing Project at Extreme Kids happened on Sunday and it was, I think, a huge success.  We had 28 families participate over 4 hours. I don't think Sam or I sat down for one second that entire time.  

An acquaintance from my magazine years managed to connect me with an equipment rental company who donated everything we needed to create an enormous black arch to shoot in to.  Originally I thought I could maybe beg for a free blackout cloth but Mike at Root was like, "How about some 20ft long blackout curtains?  Autopoles, you want autopoles?  I'll throw in 6 of them just in case!  And a ladder!  And keep em as long as you want!"It is just so heartening when people are happy to give you stuff for a worthy cause.  I made a thank you note.

It went so seamlessly and most kids seemed to  know exactly which light - up tools they wanted and what they wanted to do.  Lots of the parents got in on the action too.  Here are some of my favorites from the day: