Stress balls.

I have laryngitis – again.  This happened a few summers ago, and it starts as a head cold and then morphs into no voice. I was getting worse instead of better, so this morning I called my doctor for an emergency appointment. He gave me an end-of-the-day slot, which I gratefully accepted. We always joke…

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…

Times flies.

David Ferrall sent me a picture of his daughter Cate — my long-time pen-pal — at her birthday party today.  I was particularly interested to see her at a vintage typewriter — at the Brooklyn Farmacy in where else? Brooklyn — with some friends. I realized Cate and I have been corresponding since she was…

“Hail Caesar”.

Vivian and I went to the movies on Saturday.  We hadn’t seen each other in months, and we’d originally planned to find a documentary about Tiffany’s jewelry boutique — but between the time I’d spotted the review and the time we’d made a plan to get together, the movie went away.  Since it was after…

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,…

“It’s been a week…”

We converged up in Cambria last weekend.  Seven of us, including our teacher Linda Schreyer, who’d set it all up.  I lugged my typewriter — the only one to do that! — and we worked in our rooms, meeting occasionally for feedback, lessons and connection. I hadn’t written Linda a ‘thank you’, so did that…

Gloria Gordon’s birthday.

My friend Gloria Gordon turned … well, let’s just say a year over 90 on Monday. I took her to The Cheesecake Factory in Beverly Hills, and asked our friend MIMI STARRETT to join us. Mimi bopped over from his real estate job, and we had the works — replete with a piece of Red…

From trailer parks to Montage Hotel: a sales idea.

I http://marisamurrow.com/artwork/2218052.html At a dinner party I had for Rhode Island School of Design folks tonight, one of my guests was MARISA MURROW.  She’s a talented artist whose work features California scenery… and a few years ago, a series of trailer parks!  Those pieces might be of interest to The Montage Hotel down in Laguna…