Shoes with balls.

I send clippings of unusual shoes to my daughter Jamie’s former roommate Alison.  This Nicholas Kirkwood heel — with a silver ball attached to the underbelly — attracted my attention.  Alison was a sculpture major at Rhode Island School of Design, so I know she’ll get a kick out of this… literally.  And a letter…

The things they loved.

In today’s NEW YORK TIMES — magazine section.  Cover story:  “THE LIVES THEY LIVED  AND THE THINGS THEY LOVED.” Pictures & bios of famous & not so famous people and their favorite things.   Halfway into my cup of Italian Roast, my heart beat faster. A full page for this beleaguered beauty. Manson Whitlock was…

Lesson #3. Five easy pieces to a perfect TY note.

From Susan K., my elegant friend who’s a MENSA member and Smith College grad.  In Bazaar Magazine — five steps to writing the perfect note: (1)  Thank the person for the gift (2) Describe what it will be used for and why you are especially grateful for it (3) Make a reference to a recent…

Post Office announces higher rates — on 1/26/14

http:/http://www.aol.com/article/2013/12/26/first-class-stamp-prices-to-rise-as-of-jan-26/20795787/?icid=maing-grid7%7Chtmlws-sb-bb%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D423889 My friend Darlene B. just sent me this announcement from the US Post Office.  Rates go up on January 26th.  Three cents more per stamp.  49 cents. I had heard rumor of it but hoped it wasn’t true.  So much for denial.  What do they say?  “Denial is a river in Egypt”. So —…

Smoked whitefish, violet and “Tim’s Vermeer”.

http://www.thewrap.com/tims-vermeer-review-penn-teller-tim-jenison-documentary Sometimes a ‘thank you’ note can be combined with an idea for the next event. Vivian has an eye for beauty and detail, which is why she’s  extraordinary when it comes to knitting, needlework, fabrics and button choices.  She’s also great at repairing torn sweaters, which I do with frequent regularity.  She’s saved several…

Bridget Moynahan keeps stamps in her purse.

I thought I was the only person in America who carries stamps with me.  I have a few tucked away in my wallet just in case… maybe I’m at the carwash and see a card that’s too pretty to pass up… or find a clipping that cries to be sent out that day… whatever the…

Thanks for a job you did 20 years ago…

My friend Darlene B. helped build The Shoah Foundation two decades ago.  Her work was important then and remains relevant despite the passage of time.  In today’s Los Angeles Times, a survivor named Lotte Hoffman visits the repository of stories… I wanted to thank Darlene again for all she did to formulate this piece of…