August 18th, 2006
a collection of things

sneaking in a moment to write, in a cafe that smells like burnt food with music that is too loud. but they do have wireless (albeit an extremely slow connection, i actually may not be able to post this).
i am writing to tell you about a few things,
about finding a little store on 3rd street, full of fun things, paper lanterns, wooden beads, 2 dollar scarves, hand felted puppets, and brightly coloured pillows. oh, and a cat named Casper who talks. the store with no name, (the sign out front says ‘liquor store’). i love it.
about how when you move to a new place and the home you thought you would have doesn’t turn out (and there are some legal issues with the place), and you feel homeless, (this combined with so many chaotic things happening at the same time you have a deadline for a book) and every other apartment you look at doesn’t feel right (or in some cases make you feel really disheartened), then….just wait. because if you wait long enough something better than anything you could imagine shows up when you least expect it. and maybe this was what was meant to happen the whole time (even though for a while you thought you might be being punished for something, though you couldn’t imagine what.) ….we bought a house, (more on that later when it all becomes official. the hard part is that we have to wait until october to move!)
about how I went shopping for dinner yesterday in little italy, in an ancient looking shop, the sign out front said “organic joe’s” which got my attention. a nice old italian man with a thick new york accent sold me organic tomato sauce, made with a recipe created by his great grandfather “joe”. I peeked into the back room which was a large old fashioned kitchen complete with the massive pot on the stove for used making large batches of the precious red stuff. what a find.
what I’m learning about this town is that from a culinary perspective I am having to find “sources” for different items which makes for a more interesting shopping experience (though certainly more work). produce from the farmers market on saturday, daily items from the health food store on 4th, italian items from little italy, random produce from a couple little fruit vendors on broadway. I do prefer buying things close to the source and local if possible. I have been overjoyed with the local corn here, (the best I’ve had in years, it is one of my favourite foods by far!)
if you have any tips on secret local culinary gems in this area (we are a 20 minute drive from the Berkshires!), please post them here.
oh yes, and a lovely movie that we watched last night called the road home. i want to watch it over and over. it includes scenes of cooking, weaving using an old loom, a girl with braids, paper windows with cut out designs, and a love story. all my favourite things.

Aug 18 2006
12:08 pm
Angela Rockett writes:

What a beautiful entry, Keri. I feel as if I’m there exploring with you. I live on the other side of the country, so I can’t really help with any tips, but it sounds like you’re doing pretty well finding wonderful sources for what you need.
Congratulations on the house.

Aug 18 2006
1:08 pm
kat writes:


Aug 18 2006
1:21 pm
Sarah Aaron writes:

Hello Keri! I wanted to write and thank you for your site. I was talking to my friend Ruth the other day about how my husband is always on my back to enter art competitions, join art groups and start making million dollar art (well, he’s actually never said million dollar art but it is strongly implied by him). He thinks he’s encouraging but it’s been grinding me down. As I talked to Ruth, your “How to be Miserable as an Artist” came up on my computer screen. I’m living that list! So then and there, I printed it out and stuck it on the wall in what I referred to last week as my workshop but is now an official “Think Tank!” I don’t know you personally but I wish and pray the best possible things come your way. Thank you.

Aug 18 2006
2:37 pm
RD writes:

I’m in an eerily similar situation. Moved the family half way across the country–a much more daunting effort than I’d ever imagine. The house we were scheduled to close on fell through at the very last minute, throwing our lives into chaos. How inconvenient it is to have to buy stuff in order to access the internet. I feel so lost. We’re renting for the short term and also hoping something better is just around the corner. (I try to live a good life…) I wish you and yours many good days ahead. Thanks for your inspirational blog!

Aug 18 2006
5:31 pm
patricia writes:

just got back from troy a few minutes ago — saw organic joe’s, and the shop on 3rd sounds like the one i saw on the corner of 4th and division — all blues…andja bought a house — totally cool! and the road home was a treasure of a movie…

Aug 18 2006
9:25 pm
khani writes:

I am happy for your cool exploration. It reminds me of your first posts, years ago when you would post food and recipes and cute little drawings, it was so endearing. You are in a good place now…
Blessings from the HEart..
Imagine the possibilities..

Aug 19 2006
2:44 am
kasmira writes:

my sister loves that movie.
and the paper cut outs on the windows really play a big part of the movie although at the same time being greatly insignificant.

Aug 19 2006
10:13 am
kristine writes:

It’s nice to hear what you’ve been up to. Sounds like life has taken you down many paths and yet you still possess that same sweet spirit which is instinctively YOU. Congratulations on the house. I wish you well…

Aug 20 2006
7:38 am
wendy writes:

Hello Keri,
My heart has really been going out to you on your journey here. In my own life I have been going through a similar one of my own, and am still home searching.
I wish you such congratulations on buying your own home. That is such a wonderful thing and I wish you so many blessings! I hope it turns out to be a truly happy and peaceful place for you : )
Warmly, Wendy

Aug 20 2006
8:43 pm
Lindsey writes:

I know this journey has been hard, but I know you are strong, and this adventure has made you find more of who you are. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and so I will believe that this new house will be the right thing for you.
I am enjoying your meanderings and how you are discovering new places… opening up this new present of a town, each piece of the wrapping unfolding to reveal what is hidden inside. I long to do this, as I feel I have been ‘stuck’ here too long in CT (and I used to live in Saratoga Springs, so not too far from you now). For now I will enjoy it vicariously through your writings.
Thank you for sharing!

Aug 21 2006
9:20 am
philly writes:

I have lived in Troy all my life and the funny thing is that the “liquor store” and “joe’s organic” stores allude me. I will have to look for them. However, if you venture farther south on Fourth Street, a block south of Washington park. You will find DeFazio’s Italian Import store and Vanilla Bean Bakery.

Aug 21 2006
10:30 pm
laura writes:

hello! my friends own an apartment building in troy. they do not have it rented right now and are probably looking for tenants to move in this october. if you are interested in pursuing a temporary living space i would love to connect you to them. helloprettycity (at) yahoo (dot) com

Aug 22 2006
10:53 am
patty writes:

try Moses farm stand out near White Creek
could be a good 30 mins away from Troy
we love it

Aug 22 2006
1:41 pm
sweetheart writes:

Yo! Check this:
17 Railroad St
Great Barrington, MA
(413) 528-4343
YOU WILL SMILE. peace. xo

Aug 22 2006
5:28 pm
susanna writes:

Great to hear that you’re settling in to your new town quite nicely. The mysterious Liquor Store sounds very cool. And Organic Joe’s is quite the find! Awesome, Keri!

Aug 23 2006
4:24 pm
shelley Noble writes:

“Flixed” it, thanks! You got me with the weaving and paper windows.

Aug 23 2006
6:32 pm
cynthia thornton writes:

I just discovered your blog and found it inspiring. It makes me think you are a fantastic person! Thanks for putting out such good energy into the world!

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