Thursday, November 15, 2018

Messages in Metal Etched with Love

Periodically, I get emails from manufacturers who want me to write a post sponsoring their products.  I don’t follow up on most of them, particularly if the email looks like a mass mailing to bloggers (“Hello , I love your blog….etc…..”) or if the product is not something that interests me nor, probably, my readers. 

But not long ago, I got an adorable email from a woman named Hallie that started this way: 




“Bonjour Marie-Therese,

That is officially the first time I've used four years of French in high school...  :)

My name is Hallie Schumaker and I work for a company, Messages in Metal.”  

She then proceeded to tell me a little bit about her Company and what they do, and I was interested enough to respond. 

 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

With a Little Help from my Friends and a Shopping Spree

No, I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth – more like I fell into a hole.  I’ll explain.  The truth is that I was under the weather for a while.  If you have auto-immune issues as I do, you know exactly what I mean.  I think of it as walking along minding my own business on a bright sunny day, when suddenly I fall into a dark hole and have to dig my way out again.   





Those are the times when you feel like just curling up with your favorite purse and shutting out the world.  But you ride it out, do what you can, postpone or cancel what you can’t and when you start to feel like yourself again, it’s time to celebrate with a little help from your friends and a shopping spree. 


Friday, October 12, 2018

A New Season Begins with Something Old and Something New

Last time, in And a New Season Begins, I talked about starting our 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Season with one of the most popular and most performed operas in the world – Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème.  In fact I’d hazard a guess that at any given moment, somewhere in the world,




A bunch of starving artists are huddling together against the cold in a dingy, rooftop garret in Paris preparing to sing their way into our hearts, just as they did during the very first performance at the Teatro Regio in Turin in 1896. La Bohème was a smash hit and would secure Puccini’s legacy as one of the greatest opera composers of his generation. 


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

And A New Season Begins

I had that recurring dream last night – the one where I’m standing in the wings of the Metropolitan Opera, in costume, waiting for my cue to go on and I suddenly realize….


YIKES!!  I’m singing the major role and I don’t know the words or the music!!!  Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to wing it.  Mercifully, I wake up in a cold sweat before I am forced to test that theory, which I don’t think would hold up.  Phew!! 

Fortunately, the cast and conductor of Saturday’s opera knew exactly what they were doing.  After a long, opera-deprived summer, I couldn’t wait for our first opera of the 2018-19 Season, and it was well worth the wait. 



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Special Wedding Anniversary

I’m not quite sure how it happened and where it all went, but being single is just a distant memory.  What did it feel like?  I forget.  40 years ago last weekend, on a sunny afternoon in Philadelphia, a young woman with high hopes and big dreams married her future to that of a young man with a wonderful laugh. 





The following day, we left for Paris.  I couldn’t wait to introduce my new American husband to family, friends and the country I hoped he would come to love as much as I did. 


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Awesome August Birthdays

So, here we are – finally – in the last week of August.  We actually had a few days that almost felt like fall the previous week.  They were glorious.  Fall is nipping at summer’s heels, but we are still in the soup at the moment and doing our best to remain cool.

A Cool Cat

I may not be a fan of August temperatures, but I am a fan of some of the awesome people born during this month, and I would be remiss if I did not pay tribute to three of my favorites, all of whom were a force of nature and had a great impact on my life. 

 

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