As if in anticipation of the arrival of Memorial Day and the summer that follows, our neighborhood, the 920 square miles of Litchfield County we are lucky to call home, has been immortalized over the past several months by the magazines we read when pondering a vacation or when dreaming of places we fear we might never see. One cover trumpeted Vail, San Sebastian, Lake Como, Beverly Hills, as well as our own Litchfield in a list of luxe destinations.

It amused, and I must say, thrilled me to see my landscape stage-lit to perfection in a second magazine, while I stood in line at Stop & Shop in the very town of Litchfield the article twice dubbed ‘twee’ with my haul of lamb chops, detergent and Zip-Loc bags. As I headed home, I tried to reconcile the art-directed version of the place I call home with the unglamorous one I was driving through.

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