Ice is Nice

December 31, 2009

This image is part of a new series I’m working on.  Stay tuned.

And everyone — I wish you a wonderful 2010!  Let’s work for peace.

One of my favorite Christmas memories is the gingerbread house my mother would always make for us.  When we were old enough, she’d let us help decorate, and then it would sit on display until long after the holiday.  By that time it was too stale to eat, but the gumdrop decorations would always disappear soon after the house was made!

This Christmas Eve the twins of my sister-in-law Peggy and her partner Lisa came over, and my daughter Stephanie continued this tradition with them.  She baked and assembled — and boy, did they decorate!

Dinner with QRW

December 22, 2009

I try to have fun with work, and one thing that’s really fun in this business is the chance to enjoy good food and wine.  Last Friday night my wife Elena and I had a delightful dinner with some of the staff of the Quarterly Review of Wines.  By the way, here’s what we shot for the current cover, their Winter ’09 issue:

Editor Randy Sheahan and publisher Richard Elia are both walking encyclopedias on the world of wines.  As we enjoyed dinner at the Winchester Country Club they gave us copious anecdotes and history on the different wines we tasted.  We were joined by Randy’s wife Judy, as well as Harley MacKenzie, managing director; Lily Yamamoto, art director; Joe Cabrera, designer; and Lisa Amore, senior editor. Cheers!