Friday, September 11, 2009

Obsession: Maira Kalman's Pursuit of Happiness

I fell in love with Maira Kalman through my son's bohemian library selections. Kalman's whimsical, colorful, and playful illustrations attracted him immediately and we soon found ourselves checking out each of the books in her series, thirsting to learn more about Max (a dog) and his dreams to become a celebrated poet in Paris. When Kalman later illustrated the most recent edition of Strunk and White's Elements of Style, it was then I realized that I was truly in love with this woman's work!

Most recently, Kalman has reinvented herself as one of The New York Time's resident bloggers. Her current series, And the Pursuit of Happiness, chronicles American democracy in the same, quirky fashion as her children's books. The last Friday of each month, learn about Benjamin Franklin, the Supreme Court, or American Soldiers. History lessons have never been so accessible or so much fun! Details:

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About Mod City Mom

After becoming mothers, sisters Sarah Romine and Leah Weyandt wanted to marry the activities and interests that they experienced before motherhood with their new found lives with children. This was not always an easy task—traveling to obscure places, shopping at off-beat boutiques, and sipping lazy-afternoon cocktails doesn't always fit neatly with parenthood. Stemming from their frustration, they meticulously searched, and continue to search, for activities, establishments, and entertainment that they take pleasure in and their families benefit from. The result? Mod City Mom.

About Sarah

Sarah is a passionate cook, fashionista, writer, actor, and mother. Like all actors, she ended up working at many-a-restaurant to make ends meet and shopping at countless bargain boutiques to maintain her sense of personal style. Her culinary journey, love affair with fashion, and desire to remain true to herself after becoming a mother are the inspirations for this site. Sarah lives with her husband and two sons in Chicago.

About Leah

A polymath wannabe, Leah loves books, films, music, cooking, and travel. After co-starting a writing and editing shop in 2002, Leah has spent her spare time frequenting her favorite cities, hangouts, and haunts. Her obsession with finding the new, innovative, and quirky is the impetus behind this site. Leah lives with her two sons and husband in North San Diego County.
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