Flying Memories

September 13, 2016 by Danica in Danica Miller

I got sucked into a box of memories and mementos tonight and discovered that 76 years ago on September 13, 1940, Dorothy Brennen was certified as a pilot after 20.55 hours of flying time. Impressive! Hope everyone has a good week 'winging it'!

Cool Kicks

May 13, 2016 by Danica in Danica Miller

This story about some local students and their painted sneakers caught my eye in the local paper last week. Makes me think of all the creative young gals in the family. Nice to have young artists promoting more art in the schools. Looking forward to seeing everyone next month!

Brief Stop in Normalville, PA

November 19, 2015 by Danica in Danica Miller

A couple of weeks ago when I traveled through PA on my way to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Kentuck Nob, I couldn't resist a stop in Normalville. We really were hoping for one of those fancy, big signs announcing the small town, but had to make do with this instead. The PA countryside is truly beautiful! Loved visiting the Wright houses, and of course took lots of photos.

Danica Visits Greenfield

July 23, 2015 by Danica in Danica Miller

I spent a lovely weekend with Sadie, Greg and Simon last Fri.-Sun. It was wonderful to see them all and finally meet Simon. After seeing the photos from the family gathering I was feeling very left out, so decided not to wait any longer to get to Greenfield. We had good food, good conversations and fun at the Greenfield Street Fair. Sadie caught me up on everyone's news. Simon was wonderful of course - the perfect baby! He indulged my need for cuddles and pointed out everything important so I didn't miss a thing. On top of that he impressed us all by taking several *long* walks! (6 feet at least) I have to say he's the first baby I've ever seen walking on his knees as well as his feet! I'm looking forward to seeing Joanna in Rochester at the end of the summer, and maybe Duncan and Berry too. I guess I'll have to be content to see everyone else at another time. Here are a few photos from Greenfield. NB: Simon was fascinated with my camera - Sooooo many buttons! He took several great photos! (two included - one of me, one of his mom). Love to all --

Dorothy's Days at Mary Lyon School

July 02, 2015 by Danica in Danica Miller

I'm still sorry that I wasn't able to join all of you for the fun week at the coast. ;-(  While you were there, I was in Philadelphia at a wedding. On my way back to Rochester I stopped at Swarthmore College to look at the Mary Lyon School archives in the Friends Historical Library there. For those of you interested in family history – here's a link to the web page I just posted that includes notes and some photos of materials I found, including photos of Dorothy from the two years she attended the school - 1925-1927. Can you find her in this class photo from the 1927 yearbook?

Baby Shower

April 29, 2014 by Danica in Danica Miller

I was so glad I was able to be in Holden for Sadie and Greg's baby shower.  Great fun! Good to see them and catch up a bit. Nice to have a chance to catch up with the Casewell clan too along with some of Greg and Sadie's friends that I 'sort of' remembered from their wedding.

Here are the pix.

New Website for Pachamama Farm

February 15, 2014 by Danica in Danica Miller

Check out the new website for Pachamama Farm. Just went live today!
New season begins:
Wish everyone were closer so you could see this beautiful place!

November 26

November 27, 2013 by Danica in Danica Miller

Belated birthday greetings to Sam. 15 years - amazing! Just for the record - November 26, 2013 would have been Franklin Miller's 100th birthday.

Ben and Emma's Wedding

October 09, 2013 by Danica in Danica Miller

The wedding was fabulous! I only wish that more of you could have come for it, but I know - far away, and Monday work obligations.

It was great to have Lohring and Ana, Sadie and Greg, Jed, Amara and Satchi with us.  Also here and practically like family were Nordie and Paul Sundberg, JD Sloan and Carly Wade. JD photographed the event and there will be many photos posted eventually. Meanwhile he sent me this one today - I love it! (reception was at Good Luck Restaurant where Emma has worked for three years and for whom she started this garden) I also updated the Wedding blog today to include the same photo along with the reading by Alex Degus, poet and good friend of Ben and Emma's throughout high school at SOTA and college at Bard.

The bride and groom were off today for their honeymoon - tonight overlooking the Hudson in Rhinecliff, and then on to NYC for several days of taking in everything from theater and dance performances to, of course, carefully selected restaurants.


July 21, 2013 by Danica in Danica Miller

Although I haven't read all the travelogues, a cursory glance gives me the impression that everyone had a wonderful journey. Merveilleux!

I too spent Bastille Day in a French mode celebrating with a few members of the Rochester-Rennes Sister Cities Committee at a cottage on Conesus Lake.

I wanted everyone to know that Dorothy seems to have started the end of her life's journey. She had a bad spell with breathing last night which was gotten under control with Atavin. We started morphine a couple hours later once the order had gone through. I've been playing a little music for her and reading some poetry. Actually started with that routine last week while she was still up, if not around. Then it was Frost. Last night I started on cummings and Dickenson (a sample below). 

The east coast heat wave has finally broken and today dawned sunny and cooler. Send a little breeze of a thought Dorothy's way to help speed her peacefully on to the next level.

Love to all-

photos of Dorothy at Thanksgiving 2012 and Easter 2011

any experience, your eyes have their silence;

in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,

or which I cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me

though I have closed myself as fingers,

you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens

(touching skillfully, mysteriously) her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, I and

my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,

as when the heart of this flower imagines

the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals

the power of your intense fragility: whose texture

compels me with the colour of its countries,

rendering death and forever with each breathing

(I do not know what it is about you that closes

and opens; only something in me understands

the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)

nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

— e.e.cummings

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