Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Five Little Things I Do to Maintain my Weight

Americans are an impatient people, and we don’t like to wait when it comes to losing weight.   We want that quick fix – the crash diet, the miracle elixir, the magic pill – that will melt away those pounds lickety banana split. 



At some point in our lives, many of us find ourselves locked in mortal hand-to-mouth combat with our weight and the older we get the harder it is for us to win that battle.  Our metabolisms just slow down, so no matter how many miles we run, we still need to cut back on the calories. 

Here are five tips you might find helpful that have worked well for me over the years. 


Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Spelling Bee

I have always been an ace speller.  When I was in school it was simply an article of faith that girls were good at spelling and boys weren’t.  If a boy was even suspected of being a good speller, his very manhood was thrown into question.  This attitude still prevails among men of my generation. 
 

I truly believe many of them would be less devastated to discover that John Wayne had in fact been gay than to find out he was a whiz at spelling. 


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Three Things I Really Like About Getting Older

Eubie Blake was not only an American composer, lyricist and one of our greatest jazz musicians, he was also witty and wise who left behind some of my favorite quotes about life and aging. 




“If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.” Eubie Blake (1887-1983)

By and large, we are taking better care of ourselves these days as we age, but there’s no getting around the fact that whether I make peace with it, fight it tooth and nail or do something in between, I am getting older and I haven’t yet decided how I feel about it.  “Well, little girl, what do you want to be when you grow up?”  Wasn’t it just yesterday I was holding Mme Mère’s hand and looking up at some tall adult asking me that question?  I’m still working on that one. 


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My Love Affair with Opera – Where It All Began

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that I am passionate about opera.  I met my husband in 1976 and took him to his first opera on our second date – a bit of a risk, I know, but he was curious and I was only too happy to satisfy his curiosity.  To my way of thinking, the only thing riskier would be to risk spending the rest of my life with someone who did not share that passion or, worse still, belittled it.  We have been sharing that passion for 41 years. 



Tenors Are Just Such Show-Offs!!

Opera has always been a major part of and influence on my life since my earliest recollections.  But, where did it all begin for me?  I get asked that question a lot, and I usually just say, “It’s in my DNA.”  But the truth is, there is a story behind that casual response, and it’s the story of my family. 


Monday, September 4, 2017

Five Fall Trends to Make Your Own or Leave Alone

And so I leave summer and our Bayreuth adventure behind (see Back from Bayreuth – the Experience of a Lifetime).  Today is Labor Day and while not the official start of fall, which comes on September 22nd, I’m now officially in the mood to look at some of the fall trends and decide what to make my own and what to leave alone. 



Courtesy of Do It in Paris

A good place to start is a French website I like called “Do It in Paris.”  It’s very young and very huppé, but it gives me a good idea of what the fashionable young parisienne is wearing each season.  For me, fashion has always been a place to start, not an end in itself.  You take your cues from it and then develop or enhance your individual sense of style from there.  Here are five fall fashion cues worth looking at. 


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Back from Bayreuth – The Experience of a Lifetime (Part 3)

So now we come to the final episode of our Bayreuth adventure (see Part 1 and Part 2) – more to share with you and some final thoughts. 



As I’ve already said, it was more of a pilgrimage than a vacation and, like all good pilgrimages, it had its highs and lows.  Artists are not the only ones who suffer for their art.  Wagnerites are sometimes asked to do the same. 

If you’ve been following the last two episodes where I make frequent mention of the heat in the festspielhaus, you’re probably wondering just how hot it was. 


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