The end of the year holidays mirror our identity and need for rituals

The December holidays, depending on what you are or are not celebrating; Christmas or Chanukah, are filled with images, memories, and sometimes mixed emotions. We often say or hear : Happy Holidays ! or Merry Christmas ! Of course we wish and hope for the holidays to be celebrated with joy and wonder; gathering family and/or friends, deliciously home cooked …

When a cup of gourmet tea brings comfort and pleasure

There is something almost sacred for me when it comes to drinking a cup of tea. I disclose here that my Parisian upbringing has taught me to always look for high quality food products vs the mass market and often cheaper versions of almost everything that is eatable. Everyone of us has different tastes and habits however when it comes …

Candles… relaxation, celebration or passion ?

The website of Otis & Leaf candles features beautiful words about why lighting a candle. It starts with : “Why light a candle ? Because it’s a companion in the dark, a gentle flutter of light that says that you are not alone.” Read more…  Over the past two years, I have become a regular consumer and lover of deliciously …

Art connects us to our emotions and opens our mind.

I really enjoy going to art galleries, museum or paying attention to public art when walking around town. Consciouly looking at paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, drawings or photographs can marvel, disturb, calm, surprise or distract me. We don’t need to be an art historian nor an art collector to feel emotions through the presence of art. Art is not always …