Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Dominique Browning Rocks!
Dominique Browning is my hero. She is the editor-in-chief of House & Garden, and the reason I look forward to my H&G issue every month. I subscribe to few magazines and rarely bother to read the editor's foreword, but Ms. Browning's essays are different - they are beautifully written and somewhat poignant. At first, I was surprised (and amused) at how seemingly unrelated to anything in the magazine the letters are and that she writes so honestly about intimate details of her life. She is of middle age, has been through a divorce, is suffering from "empty nest" syndrome and grapples with the decision of whether to sell her home. Ultimately, I love how her humanity comes through. Also, I love it that she doesn't bother to hide a bit of grey hair in her picture on the inside cover. I just googled her and was excited to learn that she's written a few books, one of which, "Around the House and in the Garden: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing, and Home Improvement", I ordered right away. I can't wait to receive it. Here's a link to one of her editor's letters (they can all be found on the magazine's web page). http://www.houseandgarden.com/magazine/editor/dbletter_20070613