A Luminous Halo

"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end." --Virginia Woolf

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Location: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Smith ’69, Purdue ’75. Anarchist; agnostic. Writer. Steward of the Pascal Emory house, an 1871 Second-Empire Victorian; of Sylvie, a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL; and of Taz, a purebred Cockador who sets the standard for her breed. Happy enough for the present in Massachusetts, but always looking East.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Another day on the set of The Box, this time in Milton, Mass. Here's Silvie with all of her 70s-era friends on the lawn at Milton Academy. In the movie, Cameron Diaz plays a teacher at a school in Virginia. Milton Academy is supposed to be that school. No scenes today on the campus, though. After signing in here, we were off to Lantern Lane, a residential street nearby where Cameron's supposed to live.

An old friend of mine from graduate school used to teach at Milton Academy. She lived for a time in a big house on campus, surrounded by a huge lawn, so she said, where her black lab, Lucky, liked to romp. The stately building just out of camera range of this shot would seem to be that house. I can certainly picture my black dog having a hell of a good time running around here. But she'll just have to wait for her own movie.

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