Red amaryllis to brighten a hospital room.

Vin’s mother fell and had to undergo surgery. My father and I sent her this red amaryllis plant — her favorite, we’re told. As I know she won’t be able to write back, it was comforting to get a picture of it from Vin, who’s at the hospital with her. I like the immediacy of…

Objects of desire.

Vin and I discovered a beautiful little house in Montecito, called “JULIANNE”, that boasted carefully-curated clothing and a very helpful buyer and sales representative, Amanda Fazio.  Amanda remembered my ‘thank you’ blog, and sent this magnificent letter opener by L’Objet as a Christmas gift. I wrote her to thank her — so I can now…

Flowers as ‘regrets’.

Sone people have exceptionally good manners. Our neighbor Renee wasn’t able to come to our party.  Bob, her husband, represented them well, and we were happy to have him as the family representative.  We sent him home with a Hanukkah “popper” (those party favors that have a paper hat & little toy inside) and a…

Good night stories from “Madeline”.

Madeline says, “A THANK YOU SPOKEN IS A VERY NICE TOKEN BUT A THANK YOU LETTER IS EVEN BETTER”. * My friend and fellow Rhode Island School of Design Trustee MEGHAN MICHAUD sent me these pictures from a book she picked up for her little children, baby Kate and big brother Tim. She kindly took…

Post seminar float.

Linda Schreyer asked me to speak to her “Women in Film” group of mentees — about the importance of writing “Thank You notes” after job interviews.  I added a little bit about why it’s a great opportunity to reach out to people who you can’t speak to after an event — and make yourself stand…

Tomato holder.

Vivian Chakin knows how to find things.  She especially enjoys something that’s practical AND has a sense of whimsy. When I admired a container she had for leftover onions, she promptly began a search.  Weeks later, on Rosh Hashanah, she presented me one of my own. Please Share

Balloon man.

His business card says “BALLOON ART … TEAM BUILDING”. with the words “Expand and Elevate” underneath. Addi Somekh was at the University of California networking event last night at Quixote Studios in Los Angeles. He told me that among other talents — he’s a producer as well — he does balloon art. “Don’t show anyone,”…

Blurry “Thank you’s” in a frame.

Caesar, the nurse in Dr. Assil’s Eye Institute, stood above me, poised with a bottle of eye drops. “We’re just going to anesthetize your eyes,” he said, as I looked around the darkened room, desperate for an exit. “I’d rather have a baby without an epidural than have an eye exam,” I glared. “Wow, never…

And baby makes four.

One of the surprising things about writing notes — is getting responses. I gave a little yellow “onesie” with a Rhode Island School of Design  logo on it to my fellow Trustee, Meghan Michaud. Her baby Katherine hadn’t yet been born, but I wanted to gift her something before the baby arrived. To my delight, she…

A classy grad.

I met Remy when he was starting out at Rhode Island School of Design. His beautiful mother, Jessica, was in the Parents’ Council so I got to her throughout her son’s 4 years. When he graduated, she was so kind as to invite me to his party at school. I wasn’t able to get there…