Monday, June 18, 2018

In My Own Backyard – Talented People

Last time I shared with you the beauty of spring and favorite places in my neighborhood.  Now I’d like to introduce you to a very talented artist right In My Own Backyard. 

Meet my neighbor Richard Heacock. 

After retiring from a successful career in business, Rich (known to friends and family as “Bink”) decided it was time to do something he had always wanted to do – paint.  After all, his mother had done some painting and his son is a gifted artist, so…how hard could it be??

Well, as it turned out…..not very hard at all. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

In My Own Backyard

The Metropolitan Opera Season is over (sigh!) until the fall, but I know New York and everything I love about it will be waiting, unchanged, like a faithful paramour ready to open his arms to me when I return. 

And so it’s time for me to fall in love again with my own town and my own backyard. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Birthday, Derby Day and Something That Didn’t Work Out but Did

Got my husband off on his golf trip yesterday morning (phew!).  We weren’t sure if he would make it (will fill you in on that later), but he did.  What a relief!

Miss Kiri Kat Ready for a Trip with Daddy

Of course, it’s a good thing he checked his golf bag before he left or he would have discovered a furry white stowaway when he arrived, which could have been “cat”astrophic given the careless way airline companies have been handling pets these days; but I digress. 

Anyway, I finally have time to sit down and catch you all up on a few things – a birthday, Derby Day and something that didn’t work out but did.  Does that make sense? 

Friday, May 4, 2018

I Think It Got Lost in Translation

Following a brilliantly successful trip to the United States in which the President of France dazzled everyone with his charm and command of English, a slip of the linguistic tongue during his recent trip to Australia raised more than a few eyebrows on several continents.  I’ll get back to that. 

White House balcony Photograph by Jim Bourg Reuters

The visit of French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte to Washington could not have been more perfect.  Watching Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron together, each with her signature look, was a lesson in knowing what works for you and how to put it all together – in short, mastering the elements of style and making it all look natural and effortless. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

What Do Women Want? It’s Complicated – Or Is It?

What do women want?  Ask a man that question and he’ll probably roll his eyes and look heavenward for divine inspiration, which doesn’t come because even God doesn’t want to take this one on.  So, the poor guy will just shrug his shoulders.  He doesn’t have a clue. 

The truth is that the clues we women do give men, when we bother to give them at all, and the little hints we occasionally drop are confusing and often contradictory.  We are, indeed, complicated creatures, but are we so complicated that even we can’t figure ourselves out?  Or, have we just overcomplicated our lives by trying to make sense of the dizzying array of choices available to us that were not available to Grandma. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

My Brilliant Birthday Month – Part 3

Well, we’ve finally come to the final post of My Brilliant Birthday Month (See Part 1 and Part 2).  I really drew this one out, didn’t I?  Didn’t mean to, but between Parts 2 and 3 there were a few projects that needed my attention, such as an article for a local magazine and getting all that tax info together as the deadline approaches (ouch!).  Sooooo, as promised, it’s time to wind things up with a roundup of my Birthday Group’s favorite skin care products we’ve given each other over the years. 

One of Earline's Great Little Doodles!

For more years than I can remember (hmmm, I think we may have actually been young when this all started.), Earline, Linda and I have met to celebrate birthdays and special occasions over lunch.  These lunches typically run about three hours, Earline typically orders Chicken Walnut Salad, and we always consume copious amounts of Prosecco.  Of course, they also always include the exchange of presents large and small and what Earline calls “little doodles,” which are often the most fun of all. 

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