Obsessed.

My cousin Lauren knows how to write a GREAT note.  Basically, they sound like she just talked to me — and they capture her personality perfectly.  Vivi turned 2 and I got her color-blocked sandals (pink & orange), and some plastic pink chairs, just her size.  I knew they’d both be a hit — and…

Leather loather.

Q.  What happens if you’re a vegan and someone gives you a beautiful leather bag? How do you write them back a proper “Thank You”? A.  “Social Q” advisor Philip Galanes says “Thank them for their friendship” and leave it at that.  But if you have to, tell them you’re not going to use it…

Merry Everything!

Lynda is a decorator and her strong knowledge of powerful colors comes through in everything she does. I love her Hermes orange personalized note cards. When it came time to write her a ‘thank you’ for the beautiful candle they gave as a hostess present — I chose this new card I just got… the…

A surprise gift that’s always welcome.

Jackie and I met when her son Alex and my daughter Jamie were at Rhode Island School of Design. She and I were both members of the Parents’ Council, and we liked each other so much we traveled to England together. Or more accurately, I met her there — she was looking after her Dad….

Have you met Darlene Basch?

When I was working on a “Holocaust Memorial Pin” — at least fifteen years ago — everyone told me, “Have you met Darlene Basch?” It became such a litany that finally, at a panel at Temple Emanuel, I walked into the room for a lecture — and there, sitting up in front, was … Darlene…

Fuzzy cake server.

After our “Neighbors’ Party” and all our neighbors had left, I got to look at the wonderful hostess gifts they had given us. Kumiko got here first, and she insisted I look at hers first. I was glad I did — the cake server on a high heel (it’s removeable magnet that attaches to the…

Champagne reward.

I don’t let myself drink a bottle I’ve received until AFTER I’ve written the note. We gave a small party for our neighbors, and Bruce and Deb brought a beautiful bottle of Laurent-Perrier Champagne. It’s been calling my name for days now, so it’s the first letter I’m sending out… because I have to stick…

Cufflinks & a leader in the dark.

I didn’t know Mark Olson until the Camp Kesem Leadership Summit, but he introduced himself warmly and we quickly established that I’m from Palo Alto and he’s from Foster City — a few miles away from where I grew up … and their team used to kick our football team’s behind on a regular basis….