Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Last Curtain Call

The stage lights of Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera Theater have dimmed on a memorable opera season.  The American Ballet Theater (“ABT”) now takes center stage for the summer. 

Gillian Murphy in Don Quixote.
Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.

Last weekend we had the privilege of being in the opera house to say goodbye to a superb soprano.  The tearful, standing ovation went on and on, a fitting farewell to this much loved diva, who took her final curtain call in a role for which she has become celebrated the world over. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Nothing Says Summer Like a Great Straw Bag

Spring has done her job beautifully this year, but I can tell she’s anxious to move on.  The white blossoms on my dogwood tree are almost gone.  Summer is waiting patiently in the wings for spring to take her final curtain call. 


And what’s that in her hand?  Why, it’s a cute little straw bag.  Nothing says summer like a great straw bag. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Doing It More; Enjoying It More!

Every generation thinks it invented sex.  I know we “free love” lovin’ Baby Boomers certainly thought we did or, at the very least, that we perfected it.  Deep down we knew that our parents must have done it at least once (“Wait….how many brothers and sisters do I have?  Yuck!!), but apparently all of that stopped in 1962 when this man ruined America’s love live for the next 30 years. 

Don’t take my word for it.  Here’s what Sex Therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, said about its host, the inimitable Johnny Carson. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Hunt for the Perfect Special Occasion Shoe

Have I mentioned the big event coming up for us this summer?  No?  Well, this summer we will be taking an incredible journey with gods, demigods, giants, dragons, dwarves, flying horses, magic swords and water nymphs.  Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) thrusts you into a wild world of lust, anger, love and hate, adultery and incest, murder, death and destruction, and a wronged woman’s final revenge.  It’s a helluva ride. 

Wagner's Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, Germany - Photo by Rico Neitzel 
We’ve been on this ride many times before.  Dan and I are among the hard core “Ring Nuts” who’ll go anywhere in the world for a complete “Ring Cycle.”  But this time, we will actually be seeing the “Ring Cycle” at the festspielhaus, the opera house Wagner built in Bayreuth, Germany, for his masterpiece.  For Wagner groupies this is Mecca.  Recipients of the coveted tickets are drawn from a lottery that contains hundreds of thousands of names every year.  This year our names were selected. 

What does this have to do with shoes?  Well, everything.  A girl can’t attend a special, perhaps once in a lifetime, event without a very special pair of new shoes, n’est-ce pas?  And, so, the hunt for the perfect pair of special occasion shoes was on! 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Seeing Patterns

Those of you who read my Blog regularly know that Mme Mère’s genius with a needle and thread was rivaled only by my own ineptitude with same. 

Vintage Sewing Patterns

It never failed to amaze me how she could take all those wispy pieces of yellowed paper and turn them into everything from a frilly apron to a fancy cocktail dress.  Somehow those bits and pieces came together in her mind first and she could see the finished product before she even pinned the first piece of paper to the material.  In other words, she could see the pattern as a whole and how all the parts would work together to create that whole. 

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with all this and if you want to follow along.  Well, I promise it will all come together in the end. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Beauty Rules – Things Change

It’s time to take on some beauty rules, and may the best (wo)man win. 


Beauty Rules from Good Housekeeping Magazine 1958


Let’s start by talking about foundations.  Sounds pretty straightforward, but the subject is actually a bit controversial for those of us of a certain age.  

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