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…

Brussel sprouts in Michigan.

Brian Lefler, my Co-Chair of the Rhode Island School of Design’s Parents Council, and I met in Novi, Michigan after I was at a Camp Kesem event in a little town named Fenton. He was waiting in the lobby for me when I arrived, a comforting face indeed. We had a lovely dinner at the…

Apartment solution.

My niece Kuu called after she discovered the room she was supposed to live in — at college — was so horrible she felt like crying every time she walked into the place. I told her, “Don’t stay there then.”  She assured me there would be other places she could find instead. It became a…

Oprah’s “Transformative Truth”.

Oprah Winfrey is not my guru, but I like her magazine and occasionally, when she was on network television, I’d watch her show.  On this page of “Transformative Truths” (from “O” magazine this month), I noticed one good comment I liked — and appropriately enough, it was from her: “YOU RECEIVE FROM THE WORLD WHAT…

Origami cat.

Cate Ferrall is developing a love of paper.  Third grade.  My penpal is very busy, she writes.  But between carving her Halloween pumpkin and doing her homework, she found time to write.  She also included a darling Origami “cat” she’d made.  I loved it — I remember folding paper when I was her age and…

Shoes from which to choose.

As a person with a narrow foot, it gets frustrating to shop for shoes. I was at Neiman-Marcus the other afternoon, waiting for Vin, and decided to dawdle around the Ladies’ Shoe Salon. Since I have been cursed with a narrow foot, I generally never can find anything that fits…but it’s nice to torture myself….

A Chinese-themed Halloween.

Chuck and Ava Fries know how to produce things. Events. Dinner parties with themes. Movies. So when they invited us over to dinner on Halloween night, we eagerly accepted.   No problem for costumes.  Vin had tattoo “sleeves” we’d gotten at the car wash — at my insistence, a few weeks earlier. I was going to…

A red carpet Halloween.

At the last minute on Friday afternoon — hours after most people had carefully chosen their costumes for that Halloween day, I took advantage of the fact that I work in Chinatown.   I decided to get into the spirit a little, and cruised through a sea of polyester, flammable-looking clothes in search of something…