Go Fish.

Rio, age 4, has gotten into  writing ‘Thank You’ notes. His first came to me in the form of a paper airplane, with his note printed on the side of the folded green Concorde. This was a Post-It attached by his Mom, Alison, to a water color book I gave him — the kind that…

Post-Birthday.

It all started with my Mother, who requested/required us to write them.  I never minded, oddly enough, and it became a habit that’s continued through the decades.  When I receive a note from my mother — who’s now 91 and still going strong — I’m reminded of how important a lesson she taught us. Please…

Don’t say “Thank You” until the end.

My friend, the very smart BIFF LEVY, Esq. travels a lot to China and other points beyond.  He noticed this column in the Financial Times by DAVID TANG, a Chinese enterpreneur — and an “Agony Uncle” columnist.  Biff explained that in China, advice columnists are considered “Agony Aunts” — hence, David Tang’s carved out an…

Beauty.

Stephen Metcalf, the Chairman of the Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum Board — sends magnificent cards, all from the Museum’s collection. This extreme close-up of the lace —  is from a painting byRobert Nanteuil (French, 1613-1678), called “Henri de la Tour D’Auvergne, Viscount of Turenne and Marshal of France, 1665. I thought it was…

Housebound but still writing.

My friend Gloria Shepard fell and hasn’t been able to get out for a few months… but she’s well enough now that she’s able to get back to her correspondence, and I got this copy of the “ROXBURY VIEWS” with a faded photo of the two “Glorias” — GLORIA SHEPARD on the left and GLORIA…

Bouquet of blue.

I sent flowers to my Mom for Valentine’s Day. Thanks to cel phones, my nephew IAN McKEE was able to take a shot of it for me — so I can see what the florist created. It’s a great way for the giver to get instant gratification that the gift has landed.  Besides, I can…

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…

Malibu Barbie.

I gave BEATRICE, who’s 7 a new-style Barbie doll … who had blue glasses and a sunsuit on, after her Mom,  AMEE SPONDIKE came to town with a Museum group from the Rhode Island School of Design. I haven’t met Beatrice, but thought she’d like the cool-ness factor of the hip new ‘Malibu Barbie’. She…

Professional shot.

Steve Cohn is a professional photographer so it was no surprise that his holiday card was a great shot. I couldn’t figure out how the kids could hold onto the moving train.. until I looked at it again and decided, “Oh, duh, I guess it’s a train that’s NOT moving.” Sometimes it takes a second…

Tough cookie.

I always joke that I get more sweet cards from my girlfriend Donna Brown than anyone else. This was waiting in the mail for me whenI got back from my mother-in-law’s funeral. Donna knew what I was going through — and offered to fly back East to help, if we needed it. I hadn’t seen a…