Top flight service for a private event.

The new interim President of Rhode Island School of Design was coming to town, and we wanted to have a ‘welcome party’. We needed a location for easy travel that was traffic-friendly. A place with good food we wouldn’t have to worry about. Easy listening acoustics, a requirement. So President Rosanne Somerson would feel comfortable…

Fan letter for Sal Viscuso in “A Steady Rain”.

Sal Viscuso has been acting for years.  On “SOAP”, with Robert Guillaume.  On “CSI”, and many other network dramas. He’s been on stage before, too — but yesterday I saw him in the best showcase of his talents ever. “A STEADY RAIN” at the blue-painted “ODYSSEY THEATER” on Sepulveda Boulevard in West L.A. He strode…

Strawberry disasters.

Over the years, Brent was whom I’d call when we had a “strawberry disaster” after a party — and some unknown culprit had tracked tell-tale red marks up the staircase.  (They looked so pretty on the cheese plate, who knew they’d cause such uproar?) Brent understood.  He didn’t judge about the Bordeaux wine spills either….

Sending the “back” back.

In life, there are big problems and there are little ones. Sometimes it’s the little ones that aggravate me the most. The errand I end up doing not once, but twice or more. The things that become a rapid pain-in-the ass that were meant to be pretty and easy. I got a pair of earrings…

Cars, cars, cars.

After the “AFV” video presentation at The Peterson Museum, I decided to write three follow-ups. One to Rich Connor, who produced the special. One to Bruce Meyer, who invited Vin to speak at the Museum. And one to Michele Nasraway, who is Vin’s Co-Executive Producer and knows the show inside & out. Michele graciously gave…

After a great job…

I always say “The way you leave a job is just as important — or sometimes even more so — than how you DID the job.” Kelley is leaving as Trustee Relations Secretary for RISD’s Office of the President, and I wanted to let her know how much I appreciated the seemingly effortless job she…

Flower power.

Polo/Ralph Lauren knows how to reach its customers. Last week I got a candle from Saks, telling me about a Polo/Ralph Lauren trunk show. This week Vic Miller from the main store — on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills — sent flowers. In both cases, it made me think, “Gosh, I haven’t bought any Polo…

“American Cool” – kudos on the exhibit.

http://www.npg.si.edu/ It’s exciting when a concept comes to fruition. A year ago I first met Kim Sajet, head of the National Portrait Gallery for The Smithsonian … She came out from Washington, D.C. to meet people. I took her to lunch at the most historic place I could think of:  The Jonathan Club downtown. We…

“We care”. The irony.

Question: If this is what happens when the U.S Postal Service says “WE CARE” — what happens when they don’t? Thank you to my friend Nikki for capturing the horror of what happened to the letter I sent.  It was smashed, mangled and strangled. I defend the Post Office at all times, but now I wonder…

Hertz Gold standard & Laquita.

My husband’s been a member of Hertz Gold Car for years, and I always thought it was cool that he could breeze in to the rental agency, have his name on the electric board, and jump into a waiting car. It finally dawned on me that I, too, should apply. Last weekend I used it…