“There’s this thing called a typewriter.”

http://www.ourventurablvd.com/November-2013/Whimsical-Elegance/ (Lisa Cerone at home in Encino…) *** My friend and writing teacher Linda Schreyer met me this morning at the Farmer’s Market up at Beverly Glen.  It’s an easy way to shop for fruits & vegetables, support local vendors, and take a pleasant break from the cold, anonymous supermarkets that pretend to care about…

The King’s speech.

I  loved this cartoon in this week’s NEW YORKER magazine. The King tells his scribe, “To the peasants:  Love you guys, love you all.’ Sign it me.” Even peasants appreciate a note. Please Share

When “AFV” and cars collide.

Last night Vin gave a presentation about cars and “America’s Funniest Videos” at The Peterson Museum on Wilshire Boulevard. His friends Tom and Ted came up from Orange County.  His Mercedes mechanic Rene showed up from the Valley.   It was a perfect combination of Vin’s two passions… so I wanted to thank Rich Connor,…

Materials Girl.

http://thedesignfiles.net/2013/06/interview-nicholas-andersen-and-julie-ho-of-confettisystem/ Julie Ho has a company called “Confetti System out of Brooklyn.  She creates “fantastical decorations” and huge art deco-style chandeliers, trellises for Solange Knowles;  custom confetti for Beyonce;  a life-size London taxicab & phone booth for J. Crew’s flagship store in the United Kingdom.  And more. “Something as simple as an old pile of…

Pork roast recipe.

Pork Roast reach-out.

I remember visiting my grandparents Nano and Granddaddy Al when I was in first grade.  I got pneumonia — so wasn’t able to go the the Seattle World’s Fair with them. But my most distinct memory is at twelve noon sharp, my grandfather would scurry to the mailbox.  He wrote me regularly and that’s probably…

Grammar & stamps for sale.

My eagle-eyed, highly accomplished friend Seth Matlins also appreciates the art of a finely-crafted letter on high-density stationery. He noticed this new service and sent it to me to share with you. http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/21/gramr/   As an expat, the proliferation of mobile devices is one of the best things that has happened in the seven years…

“Art of Raising Children with an Attitude of Gratitude”. Higher happiness = better GPA’s.

  http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303773704579270293660965768 “Giving thanks is no longer just holiday fare,” Diana Kapp writes in The Wall Street Journal.  “Gratitude works like a muscle.  … early findings indicate parents’ instincts to elevate the topic are spot-on.  Concrete benefits come to kids who literally count their blessings.” “I think the most important thing for us adults to…

Typewriters in Heaven.

Author Isaac Asimov and I both want typewriters in Heaven. This is his musing, as found in “The Sun”, a newsletter for writers that I get. **** “A couple of months ago I had a dream, which I remember with the utmost clarity.  (I don’t usually remember my dreams.)  I dreamed I had died and…