always a day of remembrance


My new office is a block away from the former World Trade Center. As I explore the unfamiliar neighborhood looking for lunch spots, I can’t help but wonder what it was like fifteen years ago. Before the terror. Before the lives lost. Before the recovery.

Today, I will undoubtedly think of all those who died twelve years ago. Twelve years, and yet it feels like just yesterday. I will remember the heroism, the compassion and the incredible stories of survival and patriotism in the days that followed.

For those who lost someone they loved, my thoughts are with you. And for those who aided in rescues and rebuilding efforts, I thank you. This day will forever be one of remembrance.

Prayers for Boston


My heart is deeply saddened. Another tragedy has rocked our nation.

Last night, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Peter Jay Sharp building illuminated a message of love and support. “Peace and Love” “It shouldn’t take a tragedy for us to come together,” “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that,” a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote. And below, NY love B (in the Red Sox font).

Such truth friends. My thoughts are with the people of Boston and all those affected by this senseless tragedy. Know someone who needs a letter of love or support? Please let me know at


Thoughts for Jen


My coworker Jen recently got some disconcerting health news about her brother. Tests are being run and naturally minds are running wild. I really admire her positive attitude despite the circumstances and have been keeping her in my thoughts. Sometimes, its nice to hear from someone else that it’s just not fair.

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one hundred and forty-four: condolences for Victoria

I recently read some sad news on Victoria’s blog. Her sweet Dad passed away. And although I don’t know Victoria personally, I’ve been following her decorating musings for the last five years, enchanted by every post. I attempted to copy her gorgeous gallery wall and just last month I painted my bathroom black. I thought this woman who has inspired me could use a bit of comfort, even from a stranger.

May 25, 2011


I am so sorry to learn of your father’s passing. From all I’ve read, he was a wonderful man and you two shared a very special bond. It must be a great relief to know he isn’t suffering. And yet an unbearable ache to realize he’s no longer just a phone call away.

I wish you comfort and support during this difficult time—I know your readers are all sending good vibes your way, myself included. May your father live on in your memories and in your heart, always.

In sympathy,


Motel Deluxe 

one hundred and thirty-seven: more sympathy for Claire

My darling friend Claire is kicking serious butt as a magazine editor in a war-torn country. I don’t know how she does it, but she is hands-down the most adaptable person I know. Claire’s been having a rough go of it. She’s far away from her family and friends, and well, lots of people have been leaving her life lately. If anyone deserves some mailbox cheer its this girl.

May 18, 2011


Almost immediately after I got your sorrowful news, I came across some poetic graffiti in the subway. A little Helen Keller for the commute: “ For all that we love becomes a part of us.” I think it reins especially true for the ones we love and loose, don’t you?

Your Dad will be a part of you forever—in your affinity for books, your taste in music, and most of all in your heart, every day. I know he was so very proud of you and that he loved you to the end of the earth and back. And now he’s got your back, somewhere in the sky…

You’re in my thoughts and prayers love. And if I can do anything, just say the word. I love you.


Lauren xxo

Dee and LaLa