Jim McCraw, the “Walter Cronkite” of car reporting.

After the car convention Vin and I produced, I wanted to thank Jim McCraw, a New York Times reporter and independent reporter for his thorough and incisive coverage of our event.  He got us coverage in the NEW YORK TIMES — a first in the Club’s 50 year history — and I wanted to share…

When a Senator does a good job…

… it’s like “when you give a moose a cookie”.  Everyone hears about what they did wrong but people don’t often get rewarded for just being themselves.  I can’t imagine what a politician’s “in-box” must look like.  I remember when I worked as a Receptionist for CBS Nightly News, every whacko called in to harass…

An elusive day finally happens…

When Mark and Karen moved to Ojai, I knew two other couples who were long-time residents there and my matchmaker gene went into full gear. It took nine months to get everyone together, with the logistical help of Joan R., who played generous hostess. Our four-hour afternoon was a success.  Hien’s chocolate chip cookies and…

“Museum gook” and making a date.

Correspondence is not limited to cards.  A note in the mail — especially with a little gift enclosed — can brighten up a day too.  I sent Lynda some “museum putty” after her first Southern California earthquake.  (She’s a transplanted East Coast girl).  She played with it and secured her collection of glassware.  We played “calendar” —  infinitely…

A shared “first date” — and a mutual 12-foot-wall.

In a gated community where everyone drives right into their walled homes, it’s hard to get to know each other. I admittedly had a snarly attitude when our new neighbors spent months doing noisy, dusty construction — and the shared wall is about 2 feet away from our house (it’s called a “highly populated, densely…

Politics and neighbors.

Assemblywoman (now State Senator) Holly Mitchell (on the right)… We live in a gated community where we don’t know everyone — or their politics.  When our neighbors Bruce & Debra invited us to meet our local Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (she was running for office), I jumped at the chance to hear her… and thanked our hosts for the opportunity….

Hooking up alumni on both coasts…

As a Rhode Island School of Design Trustee (and parent of my daughter Jamie, RISD Painting ’11), I’m always on the lookout to connect RISD alumni.  Marissa is a talented painter in Los Angeles. I told a well-known artist (also from the school) about how she admires his work… then completed the cycle by letting her know….

Ties that bind.

There are two types of people:  plane-talkers and plane-sleepers.  I assess  my seat mate before I say a word. If there’s no eye contact, I follow suit. (I’m shy so I don’t like being rejected).  I boarded a Virgin flight from Boston expecting to sleep, but the well-dressed man next to me seemed smart, and…