sitting quietly at walt disney’s table, imagineering about the Future as the first responses to #howtostaysaneinacrazyworld flow in from You



such a lovely day yesterday.

we went to visit Miss. Vickie Lester at her virtual bungalow on the Studio Lot and while who-we-are-in-RL helped with some digital-ness, we enjoyed the rain spattered plantings outside (yes! it RAINED here yesterday! we are all in s h o c k but the plants are juicy and fed again so that’s good).

then we decided on a detour (we adore a detour) to stop and have lunch.

now we’ve Often admired the Tam O’Shanter from the road as we drove past (is that the right word? perhaps ‘done-a-double-take’ is a better allusion – as it looks EXACTLY like a Scottish hostelry from the 1920s, which is what it is – but landed among alien people in Los Angeles).

by the time we took our detour yesterday it was most definitely an (early) lunchtime so we insisted (gently) on stopping for the first time and oh! it was delicious.

mostly because we asked for a “quiet table” (we always do this, being a tiny bit over-sensitive at the best of times) and the maitre’ d said:

would you like Mr. Walt Disney’s table?

without Any Prompting whatsoever!

that would be delicious.

we said, using our most Special British accent.



it’s a little dark (part of its gloomy olde world scottish charm).dbe1b86a8f6e11e3a5680e8d44f2f955_8

and we wrote and read the newspaper – probably much in the same way as Walt (can we call him Walt?) did.

more of a story about him here  – – – – –

in other news:


a subtle rosy sunrise this morning. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and ballet slipper pink roses on our desk french farmhouse tableOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand #howtostaysaneinacrazyworld got her first Amazon Review!

very early copies have been arriving all over the USA *gasps* and (very kind) people are already responding to the Text (as they say in all the best Symposia in Oxford)

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I had to creep out of bed after sipping this magic elixir of a book and when the last drop was swallowed and the thought was glowing in my mind… I thought I would respond to your request.

Exhalations 1) a book: “Prince” by Ib Michael (Danish)

“It begins in mist. Far up on the top of the world, where no one sees, the ice splits with a crack that rings out over white fjords. The sea shows blue between the floes; the night that has lasted half the year, with the sun lying low below the horizon, is over. The ice rim creaks and groans, fissure chases fissure as a mountain of glass—the size of the palace of fairy tale, with turrets and crenellations and windows long hidden by the snow—breaks off and puts out to sea in howling winds.
The long day has returned.”

(none yet, it seems in Europe – soon, we hope – we did get this from all the way over there near Lisbon, Portugal)

Good news – your pre-order is on its way

and delicious friends have been posting pictures as they arrive in their Place or sending most lovely bon mots via email and text.

  • your book came today!‏

j just texted me. he didn’t open it. can’t wait to go home and see it. xo

  • Very exciting delivery today!

Your book!! Yay!!! Xx

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well, well, well, this is EVEN more exciting than we thought.

and a tiny bit scary.

if we’re being Totally honest.

because (*pauses*) not Everyone, it seems, pre-ordered a copy.

shocked silence.

even the people whom if They Had Written A Book we would have been the First To Have Bought It.


so we’re trying to focus on the GLORIOUS people who have done so and told us how much they enjoyed it.

(yes, we’re self-obsessed – but this was a very long process and it was painful at times and exhilarating and well, it’s our job to sell copies as per our Publishing Contract darlings – so we Are ;-)

but it’s a little bit painful realizing that not Everyone (how can this be?) shares our delight at being Published.

which is why we like to distract our good self with taking photographs and walking-around-with-a-notebook nodding and asking (very interesting) Questions – for example, at Mulligans yesterday.

do you recall that we found a clipping in a 1980s era copy of Architectural Digest while on our road trip last week?

to be helpful – here it is again:

p1011756at 3PM (or 1500 hours if you’re in Europe or just a europhile which sounds vaguely icky now we see it on the screen) we sat down with the New owner of Mulligans to write our column for next week’s Los Angeles I’m Yours: Where Shall We Meet.

sneak preview?

of course.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwho doesn’t love a beautiful reproduction of an authentic American Swedish influenced antique furnishing room set?

nobody here, that’s for sure.

it’s friday.

go and have some fun.

15 thoughts on “sitting quietly at walt disney’s table, imagineering about the Future as the first responses to #howtostaysaneinacrazyworld flow in from You

  1. Reading on Saturday backwards though my WordPress reader and here I am! As a Southern California child I knew that Uncle Walt had a private apartment over the firehouse on Main Street at Disneyland. Every time I went I would pause in front of it and pray to the gods that he would come out, see me and say hello. Of course the fantasy didn’t stop there. I knew in the deepest pit of my 10 year old heart that I would be perfect opposite Hayley Mills in anything he wanted to cast me in. (And that she and I would be Best Friends Forever!) ON my most recent visit to Disneyland, last April, I paused again in remembrance of his magic and my childhood dreams.

    1. so much for global commerce ;-)

      but most excited to think that the words “how to stay sane in a crazy world by sophia stuart” will be said Out Loud in a Bookshop in New Zealand because that’s MAGIC.


      _tg xx

  2. I wanted to get your book off Amazon but just before hitting the ‘get it now’ button I received a newsletter to my mailbox for a popular online store here in South Africa, – and there it was! Your book, available in my country, delivered to my door! It was as if…. *teary* our paths had to cross and the universe was conspiring to make sure I read THIS book :-)

    And I’m saving on the cost of shipping – it’s a win win :-)

    1. you’re right we were also Very Pleased by the paper.


      hope to see you on This Coast soon!

      and thank you again for ordering the book, we truly appreciate it.

  3. Oh my goodness, Vickie, you are making me even more impatient than I already was! I did have a notice that the delivery date had been moved up: to April 4th! Please Amazon, can you move it up to tomorrow? So excited.
    PS. Those roses…I could take a nap in them.

  4. It, the book, is like opening and looking, page by page, beautiful image after beautiful image, one intriguing and nurturing thought to the next, into a journey toward grace. Really. Tears in my eyes. So proud of you.

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