Illustrations worthy of a letter.

I’m not a real stalker.  When I admire an artist’s work, though, sometimes I have to say something.  I’ve been seeing these captivating illustrations in the NEW YORK TIMES on Sunday for several years now.  Today there was such a good one that I decided, “I have to find him.” He didn’t go to Rhode…

Clearly in love.

We’ve talked about it ever since John Wentworth and his husband Jamie Gluck moved into our neighborhood — but finally, after two years of planning and procrastinating, we got our Progressive Dinner together.  Jamie’s an acccomplished chef & restaurant owner, so I knew his appetizers would be mouth-watering — and equally intimidating. My desserts were…

A great example.

At an Emerson College dinner last night, RAJ SHARMA came up to me and thanked me again for a letter I’d written him several years ago. We’d had dinner together — I remember it well — and had a delightful conversation.  After I got home, I sent him a note thanking him for being a…

Professor of Apparel.

I was seated next to a new Professor of Apparel at the Rhode Island School of Design dinner a few nights ago… I promised to send him a proper ‘thank you’ for being my seatmate. Here’s a little background on him: From the Rhode Island School of Design website: Gwen van den Eijnde creates clothing,…

A new mentor.

I’ve been matched with a terrific mentor named Amy.  It’s been years since I had an official mentor.  Asa Baber, the columnist of the “Men’s Column” at Playboy Magazine, was my last … and that was 20+ years ago.  We had a far-reaching ‘get to know you’ talk tonight, and I’m flying high.  Since she…

George Takei and “Allegiance”.

After I saw “ALLEGIANCE”, a moving musical about 120,000 Japanese-Americans who were interned in camps during World War II by our own governmemt here in the States…. I had the privilege to talk about George Takei’s musical with Director John Gray of The National Museum of American History. I wanted to connect the dots — so I…

Inner Gardens, dead trees and a dark house.

http://innergardens.com/.. Maybe it’s because I work out of the house — and so am a bit of a confined prisoner — or maybe because I hate dead plants — I got back from being on the road and noticed this half-gone ficus in the dining room … and decided enough was enough. I called Inner…

Vin’s Temple of Tincati.

Vin loves clothes.  He’s got pictures of them in books to keep himself organized of what pocket square goes with what tie goes with what jacket. When he gets to New York, he has one master designer — Mr. Antonio Tincati — whose bright, vibrant clothes he especially appreciates.  Maybe it’s an Italian thing.  Some…

People, passion & projects.

I met Randall Martinez, a new Smithsonian Museum Board member tonight at a “People- Passion-Purpose” event at the Japanese-American Museum downtown.  He and I started a conversation and didn’t get to complete it because dinner was served… so after dinner was over, he asked me to write him a note — since he’d heard I…

New graphics for a new host.

After fifteen years of hosting ‘America’s Funniest Videos’, Tom Bergeron took his leave. Alfonso Ribeiro is the new host and to get ready for him, “AFV” is creating new set pieces, new graphics, and a whole new look. I went over to see what they were doing last week, and one of the pieces —…