Here is what I did this morning. Some of you know that my husband and I bought a tiny cottage, described by a dear friend as looking like an over-sized outhouse, on Mt Desert Island two years ago. With the help of a wonderful architect and builder, it was transformed into a precious (still tiny) light-filled space. Last fall, there was an article about it in the New York Times Thursday Home Section, and I was called by someone at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor about giving this talk. I was delighted to be asked and to have a reason to stay here another two days. And it surely was a first to give a talk about space and architecture! It went well, and the small audience was very engaged. Here is their description of the morning and a picture of our view.
From the Bangor Daily News:
Hester Schnipper to discuss architecture, space, and healing
BAR HARBOR-College of the Atlantic launches its summer weekly Tuesday morning Coffee & Conversation series on July 10 at 9 a.m. when it offers a conversation between Hester Schnipper, chief of oncology social work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and COA Dean of Development Lynn Boulger.
In a discussion that might well be titled, "Inspired by Dreams," the two will talk about how Schnipper transformed a dark Pretty Marsh cabin into a family sanctuary. Schnipper is the author of the 2003 book, "After Breast Cancer: A Common-Sense Guide to Life After Treatment," and the 1999 "Woman to Woman: A Handbook for Women Newly Diagnosed with Breast Cancer," both written from personal experience. She also writes a blog on the hospital website, Living With Breast Cancer. She told a New York Times reporter last year that she bought the house after a dream that involved the house, her year-old granddaughter, and a sense of a solid, happy family place. She and Boulger will explore architecture, space, and healing.