Small steps in March

Hello,   Since we started planning today's post, the situation with the Covid-19 pandemic has been developing apace and many of us are facing unprecedented changes to our day to day lives.  There are so many inspiring stories of the ways people are connecting in spite of restrictions on our movement and it seems appropriate…

Changing up Advent

Dear Claire,   I loved your post about little acts of kindness. I was reminded of our Season of Giving post a couple of years ago about a Trader Joe’s children’s advent calendar that suggested a kind deed for every day, with a little chocolate reward tucked behind each door. Advent is upon us again,…

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…