Toastmasters and the letter that “outed” me.

I’ve set the goal of doing a TED conference — or at least, learning how to speak better in public situations. To achieve that, I went to a TOASTMASTERS meeting last week. ‘Guests’ were asked to stand and share why they were there. I said I have a blog and write ‘thank you’ letters and want…

French compact.

When we met Jeff and Jan Greenhawt in France, the first thing Jan did was give me a wrapped present… for my birthday.  I thought it was so kind of her to remember, and I was thrilled to receive an unexpected gift in a foreign land.  (I told her I didn’t know that you were…

Susannah Storm, audiologist.

On Day One of assessments by the Acute Rehab folks at the hospital, my father was bombing out.  He couldn’t hear a thing — he’d jammed his hearing aids into his ears.  Karen, his driver and I called Dr. Susannah Storm’s office and got an emergency visit — to fix the damn  things.  I wrote her later…

Maid service.

I always write a “Thank You Housekeeping” note with the tip when I’m staying at a hotel. Sometimes it results in better service or extra towels. But sometimes it also results in something even nicer:  a note back from the cleaning person. That always makes my stay feel a little less anonymous, and I like…

The Ivy.

We went to dinner at The Ivy last night after my friend Linda’s book signing. Her brother Les — always a most gracious host — had the idea, and who was I to refuse? He is a brilliant collector of photographs — and has a collection that’s been shown internationally in various museums. At the…

A wise advisor.

I met Diane Lazar when she had just started working with the Anti-Defamation League. She listened patiently to how I, too, wanted to transition into the world of fundraising. We’ve stayed in touch and have semi-regular meetings — or cocktails! — that always prove enlightening. After our lunch today, I rushed home to write Diane…

Saying ‘goodbye’ to Kate Mantilini.

www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/beverly-hills-kate-mantilini-restaurant-703625 Was I the last to know? How? When? Why? A favorite restaurant of ours — Kate Mantilini — is closing its doors. It was in the trades. In the paper. On the local news. But I had no idea. When I heard from my new friend Mike — I immediately wrote Alan Lewis, the…

You blew me away…

…”with the beautiful flowers” our friends Chuck & Ava Fries sent after the Paulist Productions party we gave on Thursday. There is nothing more gratifying than giving a party and then getting a “Thank You” afterwards. I don’t usually think about sending flowers — but as a grateful hostess, I can attest to what a…

Chocolate welcome.

      http://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/2014/Harmony/?gclid=CPzN4NOYjr0CFcRefgodVVwAeg Because my husband Vin was on the Board of Center Theatre Group — and because Charity Wu, their lovely head of Individual Giving in the Development department — knows us… Charity always makes sure to leave a special ‘hello’ for us in the 3,000-seat theatre.  Last night she did not disappoint.  A…