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The Third Place (Chapter 17) – Late-night Visitor

Posted on August 20, 2018

The knock on the door came long after closing time.? Dad was seated near the front counter, going over the month’s financials.? The rains that were falling, accompanied by repeated crashing lightning, was unlike anything we had experienced in years.? Wherever you were in the large house, you could hear the water teeming through the eavestroughs and lashing every window.? Most of us were in bed, exhausted after a heavy day of business. The first knock went unnoticed, drowned out by the calamity outside.? The second was more urgent, causing Dad to put the calculator down, peer through the door curtain, and slowly open it inwards. Before him stood a tall woman and had she spent another minute outside would likely have been completely…

The Third Place (Chapter 15) – Insight

Posted on August 18, 2018

Finn and I were at Stacey’s – a trendy bar a few blocks from the restaurant – when Daisy hustled in and placed the HomeComfortmagazine directly in front of us.? There on the glossy cover were the four of us – Mom, Dad, Daisy and me – seated on the side porch swing and obviously comfortable.?Daisy sat down beside me so we could look at it together. Alessandra’s photo had captured everything, and perfectly.? The trees, foliage and brook behind us were very slightly blurred, leaving our faces to stand out.? Everything was rich in colour and we remembered Alessandra telling us all about the “golden hour” and how more photos and videos had been taken in that period than any other hour of…

“The Third Place (Chapter 14) – Humanity”

Posted on August 16, 2018

Dad had to take care of some financial tasks at the bank down the street, but when he returned we journeyed back upstairs to the balcony, which because it was afternoon was no longer bathed in light.? A comfortable coolness fell over us.? Instead of lemonade, the preferred beverage was now coffee. “Alright,” Alessandra began, “I want to talk about politics and democracy, if you’re up to it that is.? I think I get why the Third Place is so important to you, but I’d like to know what you think of our modern era and why we’re having so much trouble keeping ourselves together.? I travel that U.S. more than any other place and I see it everywhere.? Do you think that’s what’s…

The Third Place (Chapter 13) – In Depth

Posted on August 15, 2018

The magazine had been a North American staple for thirty years, somehow emerging into the digital era with a colourful and in-depth glossy publication coupled with a highly polished digital facsimile.? With hundreds of similar folksy and craft-oriented competitors, Home Comfort?never relinquished its top ranking in publications. It was a delightful day in late-spring when the two of them occupied one of the rounded balconies, outside on the second floor, where Dad was situated at a slight angle to the sun and Alessandra sat off to the side.? It was essentially a video shoot and partial interview, with Alessandra shooting film that would eventually appear on the magazine’s digital version.? While Finn and Daisy handled things downstairs, Mom and I were permitted to sit…

The Third Place (Chapter 12) – Home Comfort

Posted on August 14, 2018

She just appeared one day at lunch, looking professional – coiffed and elegant.?Alessandra Acampora was bewitching in her own way that was mildly intoxicating.? She came through the front door wearing a summery short dress and white straw hat, her legs tanned and her hair sun-touched.? For fifty-two years of age she looked amazing. She was likely Home Comfort?magazine’s best-known writer – cosmopolitan, well-travelled, but with a keen sense of the practical.? Her taste for those accoutrements that turned a house into an intimate gathering place reflected her Brazilian origins and interest in places that comfortably fit into their environment.? Over her eighteen-year career with the magazine she had featured the homes of movie stars, famous writers and pop stars, even the home of…

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