@BklynQly publishes our picture of the chandelier tree #weadoreachandelier


firstly those lovely post-grads in Capote-esque scarves have published one of our photographs. 

Screen Shot 2013-07-22 at 1.47.47 PMdo you remember they sent us a lovely note Requesting Permission?

because the Author of the story – A. Shields – had seen our photograph of the Chandelier Tree (#weadoreachandelier as you know, love)

it’s a gripping story.

and weirdly one of the lead characters is called……..well……read on

My sister said once that knowing who we’re capable of betraying—and who we’re not capable of betraying—revealed the aim of our purest desire. Sophia entered this world equipped with a finely tuned lie detector, and she believed that too much pretense was as deadly to that desire as a clear, poisonous gas was to our lives. When we were children, she was the only person I knew who was entirely alive. Because of her, I was too, when I was a boy.

yes, curious.

who-we-are-in-RL did not inspire this tale, as far as we know.

although we cannot find anything on A. Shields in the contributors’ page so perhaps tis a pseudonym (how exciting).

and In Other News as they used to say on the British Broadcasting Corporation:

what have we been up to?

well – there has been some Deeply Interesting Work which who-we-are-in-RL said we’re Not allowed to Talk About


and – well – you know – OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

a Lot of reading (and research)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

taking time (very important) to admire a rose

or an entire bouquet


a lovely old newspaper office in Pasadena.


and brunch at The Ivy.



tis a Very Good Life indeed.

if one plans, works hard and then just gets to see-what-transpires.

jolly exciting stuff.

joining the evening commute to #malibu and a note arrives from @BklynQly


when we had finished our Tasks for the Day we decided to head to the Ocean because it was promising to be Such a lovely evening and we wanted sand-between-our-toes and salt-on-our-skin.

and so we did.

because we can.

which is completely Extraordinary.


this is what the evening commute looks like on the Pacific Coast HighwayOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and this is where they are all heading with those surfboards.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

the evening light was transporting, truly.

Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 9.28.11 AM Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 9.28.28 AMoh look!

the article DID come out as we hoped it would….

and then who-we-are-in-RL got a delightful Request via email (so Modern as William would say)

Hi Sophia

I’m one of the founding editors of a new online magazine, The Brooklyn Quarterly.  For one of the short stories we plan to run in our preview issue (launching next week), we have been scouting for potential images to pair with the story, and the author sent us a link to one of your photos of the Chandelier Tree.
We’d love to use this on our website, with your permission and full attribution, plus a link to your website.  If you could let me know whether this works for you, we’d really appreciate it — we have a week to the issue release and look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks and all best,
gloria nimbus <teamgloria@teamgloria.com>
9:27 AM (14 minutes ago)

to Tristan
Dear Tristan

What a charming request!
And how exciting to hear of your new launch.
Yes. Do.
The credit line: “teamgloria pictures” please and a link to http://teamgloria.com
Do let me know when it’s live and I’ll write about it.
Best of luck for the launch!
Warmest regards from sunny southern california
it’s not EXACTLY the Times, of London, writing a letter (requesting use of an excerpt from Nancy Mitford’s The Blessing), that goes in the Diplomatic Pouch to the British Embassy in Paris and then someone sends a young person on a bicycle to her apartment and she opens the door and invites the Young Person in for tea while she finds some decent writing paper and an ink nib (the last one just broke) and pens a Response.
but it felt awfully close.
just for a moment.
and we’re so Tickled Pink that it was the chandelier tree that caught the fancy of the Editors at the Brooklyn Quarterly.
isn’t the interweb delicious?
Brooklyn Quarterly?
do you think they might be using our chandelier tree to talk about Serious Things like the downfall of the frivolous Rich?
carry on.
we’re delighted with the Exposure to a new crowd – especially such a serious crowd in probably nice scarves and the sort of overcoat that Truman Capote wore to the Library.
we do think like that.
all the time.
sometimes it’s exhausting.
but today’s it is Most delightful.

this Just IN!


Loving the world today.

Aren’t you?