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. 


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Perfect Pout – I Bid You Adieu

Ah, the picture-perfect pout made famous by silver screen sirens like the delectable Brigitte Bardot. 

It’s just so mysterious, so quintessentially French – that unapproachable, yet come hither peut-être pout that drives men wild with desire and women wild with envy.  How exactly do they do that and NOT look like they’ve just sucked on a lemon? 

Well, there are two major requirements for mastering the perfect pout. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Bounty from the Bark of a Tree

I love to cook and will happily slave over a hot stove in fall and winter. 

Courtesy of Heather Stillufsen

But summer is my time for a big KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid.) – easy recipes, casual dining with friends and lots of chilled Prosecco. 

It was a hot Friday afternoon and I was expecting my friend Anna and her husband.  We were going to Haddonfield to shop, then back to my house for some light bites and bubbly to cool us off while waiting for my husband to come home from work (Anna’s husband loves shopping; mine hates it!!).  Then we were off to the Country Club for dinner. 

An hour before they arrived, I threw together one of my favorite easy hors d’oeuvres whose main ingredient comes from the bark of a palm tree.  No kidding! 


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