Frank Sinatra and gingerbread.

Tom Bergeron and his wife Lois Harmon enjoyed a book on ‘FRANK SINATRA” that Vin and I sent them — that they sent us cookies to thank us. Now I’m continuing the cycle by thanking them for the ‘thank you’ — and letting them know that Vin’s mother died… and that their cookies were even…

NEST of aroma.

I keep myself motivated to write “THANK YOU” notes by not letting myself use the item until I’ve sent the letter. Today I cheated a little bit — and lit up one of Kathy Cotter’s NEST votives (“Orange Blossom”) while I composed the note. It’s raining and cold outside, but here in my office it’s…

Olive & Cocoa.

I met Clifford Selbert and his lovely & talented wife Robin Perkins at a Rhode Island School of Design event for newly-accepted students. Their daughter, it turns out, is not quite a teenager yet and loves “America’s Funniest Videos”. We invited them to see a taping, and they brought their daughter and a friend, and…

Love and typewriters.

If there was ever a convergence of things that drive me-  — it’s typewriters and LOVE. So when Donna Brown Guillaume sent me this Christmas gift — and I unwrapped it from the huge box it came in tonight — I immediately gave it top billing in my office.  Whenever I’m down, now I’ll look…

Blown away…

Today I got an email from Susan, a journalist and Academy Award-winning filmmaker —  someone I admire greatly. I had written her a personal note on my holiday card to her…  and she clearly appreciated it. She wrote: My dear Erica, I was so blown away by your holiday message that i don’t know if…

Starrett not Stewart.

Sometimes they just don’t get it right.  This basket appeared — and it looked divine, bulging with John Kelley chocolates (my favorite, even better than See’s Bridge Mix!) — and varietal wines from the Santa Ynez valley.  The only mystery was:  Who was “Mimi Stewart”?  I decided it had to be from “MIMI STARRETT” —…