Condolence appreciation.

I never appreciated condolence cards until my sister Kitty died. Then I got it. I put them up in my office where I could see them all day long, and they helped me get through the pain to know that other people were thinking of me and took the time to share their thoughts &…

Beauty on the inside.

Lynda Levy is an interior designer with an unerring eye. We’ve gone shopping together before and she can pull something off a rack at a clothing store that I would never have noticed — and it’s boffo. So when I opened the birthday gift she and her husband Biff gave me, I had to look…

Bob Saget’s good deed.

‘Cool Comedy” is an event that Bob Saget began years ago in honor of his beloved late sister, who’d died of Scleroderma. He vowed to find a cure. In a few years’ time, he has raised thousands of dollars… and advanced medicine. The event is always star-studded, and Bob handles host duties with poise —…

Street art & the man who showed us its value.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-shepard-fairey-arrested-lax-20150712-story.html In today’s Los Angeles Times — this story about the arrest of artist (and RISD alum) SHEPARD FAIREY — caught my eye. In it, they referenced the “Street Art” exhibit that Museum of Contemporary Art did in 2011 — as created by the brilliant Jeffrey Deitch — and how, as a result of that…

Sexy 60.

Kate Brinegar is a casting agent who’s top in her field.  We worked together years ago and always had a wonderful camaraderie.  Kate has a perpetual smile and a positive, breezy attitude about life… even when the bastards get us down.  Her gift — a sexy garter belt — was symbolic in many ways, and…

“Iron Chef” hot sauce.

Eytan Keller is the producer/Director of “IRON CHEF”, and I’m a fan. Morlene, his wife, is a superb shopper.  She’s hit 1000% on gifts for Vin and me. A briefcase that’s his favorite.  Coasters that look like eel skin.  A mustard-yellow pottery vase that matches a larger one we have. But even Eytan and Morlene…

A T-shirt reminder: “I am loved”.

My friend Denise Avchen is such a good mom that when her little boy was growing up — she put a love note in his lunch box every day. When she gave me this t-shirt with its message “I AM LOVED”, I was knocked out. I’m a little shy to wear it, but I will…and…

A bag full of love.

Sometimes I leave the larger bags full of gifts until I have time to really soak in all the pieces that comprise it. In the case of Gloria Shepard’s bag, I knew it was going to full of special surprises … and I  wanted to really take it all in. When I opened it, I…

Massage at The Montage.

My cousins Marla and Peter Gropper came down from Vancouver, Canada for my party. They got me a great gift — a certificate for a massage from The Montage, a hotel in Beverly Hills.  I’m going to make an appointment tomorrow — right after I post this letter! Please Share

Childhood friends.

Jamie’s been friends with Nicole ever since they were in nursery school at Temple Isaiah.  Her first sleepover was at Nicole’s house… and I was close with Nicole’s mother, who died when the children were young.  I wanted Nicole to know that her Mom would have been proud of the strong young woman she’s become,…