A Unique Talent for Being Herself

Written for The Day The death of the Nut Museum curator came very quietly on Jan. 28 in a nursing home a few minutes’ drive from the mansion in Old Lyme, Connecticut, she had still hoped to reclaim. But Elizabeth Tashjian, the painter and sculptor who became...

Bracelet Bears Legacy of Hope and Grief

written for The Day After the 25th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, I went looking for my old prisoner-of-war bracelet. It was tucked in a folder of childhood papers. The stainless steel band with “Capt. Richard G. Morin, 12-20-68” looks exactly as it...

Trying to Save a Refuge for Birds

written for The New York Times IN the mid-1950’s, Roger Tory Peterson moved to a quiet hill in Old Lyme, where, until he died in 1996, he worked intensely on the bird guides for which he was famous. Last spring, after Mr. Peterson’s wife, Virginia, died,...
Return to Levittown

Return to Levittown

25 Winding Lane, Levittown, New York, in August 1958. An architectural photography company took this photo for House Beautiful magazine. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, Gottscho-Schleisner Collection written for Blue Ridge Press In the 1960s my three brothers, sister, parents,...

Drawing a Line on Outdoor Clothes Drying

written for The New York Times FOR 43 years, Joan Brainard has been hanging laundry twice a week in her backyard in Deep River. All she requires is dry weather above 20 degrees. Her routine is so established that if neighbors do not see wash pinned to her two 50-foot...