I spent  last week in Wonderland, my nickname for my friend Lisa’s amazing indoor-outdoor house that she and her husband Adam built in the Hollywood Hills. Lisa is the Auntie Mame of design, she is always inventing fun things; a desk like a wheelbarrow that you can trundle anywhere (even outside), a wearable computer  (in the 80s long before Google Glass) and a skate board stool that zooms around with you. Being around very young children, especially Lisa’s 5-year-old twins Eero and Olive is a joy because their spirits are undimmed by life’s woes. They would peek through my bedroom door at 7am to ask if I could walk with them to school (which is called Wonderland). Every night we’d play freeze dance (you  freeze when the music stops) until everyone was too exhausted to stand. And I found a soulmate among Lisa’s three cats. Pierre, a black rescue cat, climbed into my arms at breakfast, hooked my neck with his tail and then rubbed his face all over mine.  ‘He is obviously channeling Laura,’ Lisa said.

I was out West to attend a WordPress conference and to interview Alison Berger, an artist I’ve wanted to interview for years. Her magical lighting designs are inspired in part by catching fireflies in glass jars as a child in Texas. You can imagine how well that went down with me. I love fireflies and I’ve been surrounded by them ever since Laura’s passing.  As Alison says, ‘There are no coincidences’.  Or as Alice in Wonderland said, ‘Curioser and curioser’.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Marilyn says:

    Yes, there are no coincidences! Lovely stories Lucie. Children n animals seem to be feeling ur heart lately.


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