October 29th, 2023
La Kid, on her way to a Halloween party…

… in London.

She’s Barbie.

July 18th, 2023
La Kid Reports from Business Class.

She forgot to list Windsor, for a work gathering.

The rest of it was meeting up with friends, attending a wedding,

and exploring Lisbon, which she’s been wanting to visit.

July 15th, 2022
Update, London, La Kid: Her 5-Star Life.

Background here.

Yesterday, a friend’s wedding in Kew Gardens.

April 14th, 2020
Margaret and the Monkey Puzzle Tree.

There I am, foreground, in a little white sweater, pacing the tree with my siblings. It’s 1960. We lived in London that year, but this moment has us in Sea Palling, beside an eerie old holiday house our parents had rented.

I remember little from that long ago, but distinctly recall crawling in and out of the strange hidden little rooms and crevices of the Sea Palling house on dreary days when we couldn’t walk the beach.

This woman for awhile mapped every monkey puzzle tree she could find in England, but no Sea Palling tree appears in her search engine. Is this one still there? They live for a thousand years and grow to over a hundred feet. This one looks to be about thirty feet. If it exists, it’s massive.

I’m in love with the name Sea Palling. Like pure music, it means everything and nothing — I mean, the words pulse with significance, yet when you actually look at them together they’re semantically silent… The town used to be called only Palling – Victorians attached “sea” in a bid for tourists – and could have meant anything even at the beginning. No one, that is, can tell you what the name of the town means. The two words compressed seem to become one – seapalling … appalling? The sea palling, fading in power or beauty, its waves receding… Or in a deathly (funeral pall) way, the sea whitening, blanching, as when Blake describes

How the Chimney-sweepers cry
Every blackning Church appalls

August 28th, 2019
Can’t quite get a grip on this news coming in, but…

PROROGUE! What a great word. Describes the current American government beautifully, but I think its meaning here is different.

June 28th, 2018
Results: Yesterday’s London Auction of Two of Our …


August 9th, 2016
La Kid, in London on Business, Attends a Production of “Guys and Dolls” and Afterwards…

… hangs out with its star, Rebel Wilson.


The child does get around.

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