Thank God for Karen.

My father’s driver and caretaker, Karen, was there today when he suddenly got very ill… and she decided, quite accurately, that he needed to go to the hospital to be checked out. I sent her a ‘thank you’ tonight along with a few gift cards for Saks Fifth Avenue, where she likes to get her…

Congrats to a long-time friend.

http://www.lighthearted.com/our-shows/ Andrew Paskoff and I worked together years ago, at MPH Entertainment. I hired him to be our Production Manager, and he worked tirelessly on multiple documentaries we shot domestically and then internationally.  It was intense work and he never flinched. I’ve followed his career throughout the years, and recommended him whenever it might help….

Pencils of Promise.

I was in the same Harvard course on ‘Exponential Fundraising” with Adam Braun, the energetic founder of “Pencils of Promise”. When I saw him on the cover of “LIFESTYLES” magazine — which is all about philanthropy and the best in the business of giving for good causes — I found his snail mail address online…

Haas rocks.

After I wrote a “TY” to Simon and Nikolai Haas for opening their Studio to the alumni of Rhode Island School of Design event… I was surprised — and really happy — to get a lovely THANK YOU back from them. That’s one of the best things about writing a note. Sometimes I get one…

A 20-year old “Get Well” card.

When I heard that Jo, Vin’s cousin, wasn’t able to make Vin’s birthday brunch — because she’s not feeling all that well… I combed through my box of cards to see if I had something appropriate.  When I came across this envelope I’ve been hoarding, er, keeping, for 20+ years, I knew that if anyone…

No more “Star Office Machines”.

My typewriter mechanic, Ermanno Marzorati, is selling the business.  This is a crushing blow.   It’s like I’m losing my best friend.  I put on a black dress and went over there today to say “goodbye”.   He and his assistant have worked together for 34 years.   Ermanno says another company will take over…

Last of the typewriter men.

https://medium.com/backchannel/the-last-of-the-typewriter-men-729f150c5083 My cousin Lauren Gropper, who I just saw for Passover, sent me this stellar story about the ‘last of the typewriter men’. Thanks, Lauren, for keeping an eye out for iconic stories like this… I appreciate it! Please Share

Personal Scribe for purchase.

Ewa Metcalf pays attention.  She knows me.  She’s always on the lookout for anything that has a typewriter — or a story about ‘thank you notes’. She sent me this article from the Providence Business News (March 16-22, 2015) about a woman, Beth Schart, who’s started a company that offers handwritten letters. Beth writes the…

Annette Bening.

I was driving along Century Park West today — on my way to Office Depot — with the top down in my Mini-Cooper convertible.   A middle-aged guy in a white Mercedes pulled up beside me, and I had my earplugs in, talking to my brother.  He yelled over my windows –— “YOU LOOK LIKE …