Outreach to a friend in the hospital.

I finally went to work out on Friday morning… not with my regular teacher, but with Holly… who caught me up on a lot of sad news that had happened while I was away. Evidently Courtney, who’s a teacher at the Pilates studio, got very ill. I hastened to write her a note and hope…

Connecting in Sweden.

Luckily I had new business cards, so after the dinner, I was able to give one to my charming seat mate Matthew Yee. As he’s an interior designer with an architectural background, I thought he would enjoy coming to visit or lecture at Rhode Island School of Design when his schedule permits. A letter —…

A friendly update…

I got to meet Daniele Neuharth when my friend Laura Segura-Mueller (whom I’d met at our Harvard Fundraising course) and I visited the Art Center College of Design… and Laura and Daniele were friends. Daniele understands the power of a handwritten note… and she & I have exchanged several. I realized when I saw a…

A warm welcome.

I know it’s hard to come into a new position and not know anyone. When I saw the announcement of a long-awaited Development Director for Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum, I hastened to write our new friend a letter… so when she starts on the 14th of April, it will be waiting for her…

Coffee connection.

www.welcometolace.org/ I met Sarah Russin at the end of a welcome reception for the interim President of Rhode Island School of Design, Rosanne Somerson when she came to Los Angeles last week.  Sarah gave me her business card and told me she worked for “LACE”, which seems to be a way to feature artists.  Since…

T-shirts that make friends.

We sent Raj some “America’s Funniest Videos” t-shirts for his children, too, who watch the show. Today we received this lovely note from him acknowledging receipt and our new friendship. **** Dear Erica and Vin,   I receive many thank you notes over the course of the year but yours certainly was the best :…

Judge Wapner and jury duty.

I’m not in my right mind before 8AM, and certainly when I get up in the dark, leave the house having consumed only one cup of coffee and drive to the downtown Courthouse by 7:45AM — you can only imagine my haze. So when the court lady (sorry, I didn’t catch her title, I was…

Art school connections.

Daniele Neuharth at Art Center College of Design gave me and our mutual friend Laura Mueller, lunch and a lovely walk of Art Center College of Design this summer. We looked at the school.  Checked out their artwork.  And talked about the importance of thank you notes. Daniele confided her grandfather taught her correspondence is…

Art of chocolate.

When I’m invited to someone’s home — and I suspect they don’t need anything — I always question, “What about chocolate? Surely they like chocolate!” I go to See’s Candy and buy MY favorite — Bridge Mix. The store wraps it all up, black & white, and I have confidently taken it to many a…