Aural fixation.

http://no9park.com/ On the way to Sweden — where Vin was about to be made a “Knight” — I had a 5-hour layover in Boston.  Rather than stay at the airport cooling our jets at Logan International, (no pun intended), we decided to get off campus and go somewhere — anywhere — else for dinner. Our…

No judgement.

  We had a mini-reunion the other night.  Friends from long ago, we shared our shattered lives and broken hearts… and lived to tell the tale. After dinner with my friend Jonathan, I realized it had been 15 years  — but it was like no time had elapsed. We got into the real story of…

Love from afar.

Fraternity brothers will do almost anything for each other, as Henry Winkler proved this week. He can’t be here for Vin’s birthday, but he wrote a beautiful letter — and sent it carefully packaged up so it wouldn’t get a crease or a fold.  I put it into a frame and will read it out…

The secret world of people born on April 10th.

Denise Avchen and my husband are born the same day — April 1oth, although several decades apart. (I know a few other people with the same birthday, too.   July must have been a hot month!) I always remember Denise’s birthday with a card, and usually a lunch later on when we can both find…

Gary Gerard busts a move.

My father Gary Gerard (age 90) — demonstrated how strong his quads are when we were up at Stinson Beach for my sister Annie’s birthday recently. (He goes to gym class 4x a week in Berkeley.) Talk about the master of twerk! I’m thankful that after all the physical challenges he’s gone through — two…

Movie companion & bracelet fixer.

‘Finding Vivian Maier” was a movie I knew my friend Vivian Chakin would enjoy.  We decided spur-of-the- moment the night before to go check it out.  Vivian loves beauty and is very talented herself, with hands that can repair snagged sweaters or knit them.  (Her needlework on a pillow she made for me is impeccable,…

Cars, cars, cars.

After the “AFV” video presentation at The Peterson Museum, I decided to write three follow-ups. One to Rich Connor, who produced the special. One to Bruce Meyer, who invited Vin to speak at the Museum. And one to Michele Nasraway, who is Vin’s Co-Executive Producer and knows the show inside & out. Michele graciously gave…

When “AFV” and cars collide.

Last night Vin gave a presentation about cars and “America’s Funniest Videos” at The Peterson Museum on Wilshire Boulevard. His friends Tom and Ted came up from Orange County.  His Mercedes mechanic Rene showed up from the Valley.   It was a perfect combination of Vin’s two passions… so I wanted to thank Rich Connor,…

After a great job…

I always say “The way you leave a job is just as important — or sometimes even more so — than how you DID the job.” Kelley is leaving as Trustee Relations Secretary for RISD’s Office of the President, and I wanted to let her know how much I appreciated the seemingly effortless job she…

Career advice.

I’ve been aiming to translate my philanthropic endeavors into a paid position.  The night before I was due to make my proposal of what I thought I was worth (for a part-time position), I asked my friend Loren Basch how to approach the “ask”.  He’s been a fundraiser in the world of Geffen-Katzenberg-Spielberg, so if anyone…