“Autumn is a second spring,

When every leaf is a flower."   Today's Friday Food for Thought comes from Albert Camus (1913 - 1960), French philosopher, author and journalist.   Did you know? The song Autumn Leaves, composed by Joseph Kosma, was originally called Les Feuilles Mortes, with lyrics in French by Jacques Prévert. Since it was written in 1945 it has been recorded…

Staircase 9 17’s October bookshelf

Our book recommendation for October is The Real Jane Austen: A life in small things, by Paula Byrne.   Divided into chapters dealing with different items such as 'The East Indian Shawl', 'The Topaz Crosses', and 'The Box of Letters', it is a fascinating, readable and original exploration of the life of Jane Austen and the…

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Claire,   We had our first snowfall here a couple of days ago – the perfect moment for your warming, spicy apple cider. Thank you for the recipe! I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving. With everything that’s been going on in the world of late, I think it’s more important than ever for each of…