Nicole Maranhas

First Day

At one point in my childhood, there was an above-ground pool in our yard. Nobody in my family remembers how it got there. ("Maybe somebody gave it to us," my mother said when I just called to ask her about it.) I can remember watching my dad put it together. I was five, and I wondered how it was going…

Glory Days

I was thinking of you all when I was in Jamestown this weekend. I was there because I had company and couldn’t think where to bring them in the wet weather. I got the idea that the scenery at Beavertail State Park would be so lush-looking in the mist. True. It was so beautiful, it could seriously break your heart….

Sugar Cone, Wafer Cone

I think I’m getting old. I was at Three Sisters the other day when this mother and son came in to get ice cream. "Do you want a sugar cone or a wafer cone?" the mother asked."What’s the difference?" he said."Sugar is pointy, wafer is flat."The kid picked sugar, but I wanted to run after him and make him promise he…

Joie de Vivre!

Some gorgeous day last September, Lisa and I headed to the Westport home of Smoke & Pickles owners Dan George and Chris Ash for a photo shoot. Photo shoots can be pretty tedious. Buggy, muggy, hot, slow. But this crew, for twelve-plus hours, took it in happy stride. They laughed, played croquet, brought out fiddles, and gamely posed in shot…

Have We Lost It All Forever?

So, I finally checked out the "Cocktail Culture" exhibit at the RISD museum. It’s pretty dreamy. Sumptuous dresses, shiny barware, cocktail scenes from classic movies flashing against a wall– Auntie Mame, Seven-Year Itch, Bringing Up Baby, To Catch a Thief. You have to love it.I don’t always read the text panels at museum exhibits (horrible girl!), but you’d miss out…

Rock Stars

It’s going to you-know-what on Saturday night. Here’s a nice consolation prize:Fifty of those rock stars over at the RISD apparel design department show their work at Collection 2011 at the VMA. Dress rehearsal at 2 ($17-$22), real thing at 7 ($24-62).You know you’re into this jacket.

Kid on a Plane

Sunday, I was on a flight from Phoenix to Providence, sitting near this little kid who was very excited that it was going to rain all week. "It’s going to be raining there?" he kept asking. "Yes," said the mother. "Every day?" "Yes." "It is going to rain every single day?" "Yes." "Is it going to rain two days in…

Coming Attractions

I must break my addiction to numbered lists. Until then:1. One summer, I had a short-lived job, helping people move out of their apartments. I always volunteered to do the bookshelves because I thought it was fun to see all their books. I was supposed to pack their stuff in a fast, efficient manner, but sometimes I would read a…