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3 months ago

Watching the end of winter. And it's got me contemplating the other ends that may await us. The end of the ice. (Here on the Great Lakes, up in the Arctic, and down in the Antarctic.) The end of all seasons. (At least the kinds of seasons that we can expect to be wet or dry, cold or hot, rather than reliably erratic, perpetually volatile.) The end of entire cities. The end of primeval forests. The end of many, many species. The end of us. The scientists say it's likely Midwestern lakes (and European lakes and Japanese lakes) will no longer freeze in the coming decades. The waters will warm. Oxygen levels will drop. Toxic algae will bloom. Fish will die off. And yet, as we all know, this forecast is among the less terrifying climate-change predictions. Perhaps locked in a bout of denial, I asked for ice-fishing gear this Christmas. Dutifully, my mom and stepdad got me a hand-powered auger, a bright-red skimmer, and a couple of rods. At this late date, the end of the ice is probably inevitable. But why not make a pact to finally do something about our world-destructive anthropogenic activities, because I'd really like to plan a big shanty party for all of us on a frozen Black Lake, in Cheboygan, Michigan, on Saturday, February 2, 2041.

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4 months ago

This hill and these valleys have been home to people for tens of thousands of years. For the last 20 winters, Sharon and Paul Mrozinski, the owners of antique shop and architectural project @marstonhouse , have also spent their days, and nights, in the hilltop village of Bonnieux, in Provence, France. Just as this winter arrived, I and @themarynofficial were fortunate enough to spend a week with Sharon and Paul, reminiscing about their long love affair with France and touring their favorite antique markets. Visit the Mrozinskis’ centuries-old Provençal retreat and read about their life among the French at TheMaryn.com. Produced and art directed by @michelle_adams_ Photos by @martaxperez Styled by @emily.a.schoen Words by @spajot For @themarynofficial

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6 months ago

@karynlyons can’t stop painting. She spends nearly every day, even most weekends, in her Harlem studio. Rarely eating. Always working. “Maybe I’ll eat paint-covered pretzels,” she adds with a laugh. “Not very healthy.” . Visit Lyons’ Hamilton Heights work space and read my interview with her at TheMaryn.com. . Produced and art directed by @michelle_adams_ Photos by @martaxperez Words by @spajot For @themarynofficial

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7 months ago

As the crows of Paris roam the Tuileries.

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7 months ago

Caïn, a nymphe, her dog, and Theseus slaying the Minotaur within.

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7 months ago

A lion among many — Paris, France.

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7 months ago

Café long à emporter. . Photo par ma femme, @martaxperez

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7 months ago

Sundown — Provence, France.

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7 months ago

Hillside rambling, a good rocker, and last year’s shotgun shells.

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7 months ago

Holly Williams ( @hollyaudreywilliams ) is a singer and songwriter. She’s also the granddaughter of Hank Williams. And she saves old Southern homes with @whitesroomandboard. . Read my interview with Holly and visit her 126-year-old cottage in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee (not to mention the tiny, side-lot outpost of her modern-day general store, @whitesmercantile ) at TheMaryn.com. . Produced and art directed by @michelle_adams_ Photos by @martaxperez Words by @spajot For @themarynofficial

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7 months ago

“There is an honesty about this house,” @glenn.ban says of his nearly 200-year-old, cedar-shingled East Hampton cottage. . Head to TheMaryn.com for a visit to Ban’s hideaway and my interview with the interior designer about good food, modest craftsmanship, and craving the simpler stuff. . Produced and art directed by @michelle_adams_ Photos by @martaxperez Words by @spajot For @themarynofficial

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7 months ago

@mckenziedove ’s studio is forever being spattered with paint. She works fast, with knives, in the middle of the floor. “It might be kind of prettied up, but it is still my work space.” . Check out a tour of the abstract artist and sculptor’s Birmingham, Alabama atelier and my interview with her at TheMaryn.com. . Produced and art directed by @michelle_adams_ Photos by @martaxperez For @themarynofficial

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7 months ago

Winding through the Tennessee hills, down to where the river bends.

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8 months ago

Beaches. Dunes. Stilt houses. Raging fires. Baby deer. . Head to TheMaryn.com for a visit to the Fire Island home of Alex Bates ( @flintandkent ) and Andrew Hoffman. . Produced and art directed by @michelle_adams_ Photos by @martaxperez Words by @spajot

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8 months ago

“I need my own space, where I can come and work on the floor, and paste things on the walls, and get dirty.” . Check out New York artist @colleenmherman ’s Tribeca studio and my interview with her at TheMaryn.com. . Produced and art directed by @michelle_adams_ Photos by @martaxperez . For @themarynofficial

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8 months ago

Already issued the warning: I’d be the guest who wouldn’t leave. 🌵(Might not even leave that hammock.) . Head to TheMaryn.com for the home tour and my interview with @apshoplakeside ’s Ariane Prewitt about her Lakeside, Michigan shop and guesthouse. . Produced and art directed by @michelle_adams_ Photos by @martaxperez

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8 months ago

Come ashore. ⚓️

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