March 28, 2017

My Huffington Post; "My Husband and His Car Keys: Not a Good Marriage"

Many households have their own litany of daily questions like, “What’s for dinner?” “Has anyone fed the dog?”, “Who finished the Sunday paper and threw it out so that I can’t read it?”
At my house, one of the most asked questions (by my husband) is, “Has anyone seen my car keys?”
Click here or forever hold your peace.

                                       You'll laugh!       

                                                                              You'll cry!

               You'll wonder, "Why did she marry him in the first place!?"

Please post comments on the Huffington Post page, in the grey bubble sign on far left column. Thanks ever so ...

March 20, 2017

George Bria, Longtime Pound Ridge Resident & Gentleman Extraordinaire

I'm saddened to hear the news that George Bria passed away. It was my honor and privilege to interview him for my book, POUND RIDGE PAST: Remembrances of Our Townsfolk.  In the chapter, "On 'Stone Steps' and Remembrances of Mary," John talks about his adventures as a journalist for The Associated Press in their New York bureau, and then overseas as a correspondent in Italy during World War II.

"In Rome, during the war, I met up with Paul Brauer, a doctor in the U.S. Army, who was then Arlette's husband. We were in Rome together for about a year. Out families knew each other from stateside," he recalled.

As fate would have it, Arlette was George's wife Mary's best friend. They grew up in the city and together attended Brooklyn Friends, a Quaker school. Arlette came to Pound Ridge as Mary's best friend in 1929. George came to Pound Ridge as Mary's suitor in 1937. After Mary's passing, it was almost destiny that he and Arlette, then a widow, would marry in 2000.

George was a master gardener and storyteller. It was my pleasure to write about him in Pound Ridge Past. Here are a few pages from the interview ...

* To read more about George's remarkable life, copies of Pound Ridge Past are available at
Booksy Galore in Pound Ridge; The Reading Room, and Little Joe's Books in Katonah.

March 16, 2017

Name that, Baby

Stella in "Streetcar Named Desire"

Post- the Stella Bombogenesis Snowstorm we just had, 

who's in the bet as to how many babies 

will be named "Stella" 

when they are born nine months from now in December 2017?

March 13, 2017

Hey, Stella!!! Get Ready for Snowmageddon!

It's not just Marlon Brando screaming, (click here"Hey, Stella!"
We might be mirroring his screak when Winter Storm Stella blows in this evening.

I remember growing up with my mother telling me, "In the old days when there wasn't any radio, the pioneers would look out on a clear day and not have any inkling that a massive snowstorm was on its way."

So consider that we are at advantage in 2017. We've got all means of communication and technology warning us about the paralyzing snowstorm waiting to pounce. The nor'easter heading our way is a powerful low-pressure system that will intensify rapidly due to cold air surging southward from Canada, combined with the warm ocean waters from the Gulf Stream.

It's called "bombogenesis," folks ... or snow bomb cyclone. The weather report for Tarrytown, N.Y. is climbing at 18-24 inches.  I am running out now to stock up on milk, orange juice, and chocolate. (You can't weather a blizzard without a chocolate stash.)

The last time I wrote about snowmageddons, snowadoes, and bombogenesises was:

  • January 21, 2014  -- "Outrageous Bombogenesis Hits the Northeast"

  • February 21, 2014 -- "Weather or Not"

  • January 24, 2016 -- "The Blizzard of 2016"

Click hereclick hereclick here ... and run. 

#Snowmageddon #Snowclone  #Snownado #BlizzardWatch2017  #Stella!!!!!

March 3, 2017

My Brush With Monica Lewinsky

People chattered and tittered for years after Monica Lewinsky — bullying activist, television personality, TED talker, and fashion designer — had her folly with Bill.

I, on the other hand, have only nice things to say. Click here for my Huffington Post about me and Monica ... and my reversible Monica tote bag.

Green + black stripe zebra-pattern plush with reversible black velvet

February 20, 2017

Be Kind ... Breathe Deep ... OM

A few months ago I saw a segment on MSNBC called, "You're Not Alone." Millions feel rage and embarrassment about our new administration. The malice/malevolence that spews from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue each day creates angst and disbelief across our country and around the world.

According to a Gallup poll from this weekend, Trump's 40% job approval rating about one month into his presidency is 21 percentage points below the historical average rating for elected presidents in mid-February (61%). It is also 11 points below the lowest mid-February reading for any other president.

Not helping is that fact that the U.S. military is tracking a Russian spy ship moving up the East Coast to within 30 miles of the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Connecticut. This is too close to New York!!

I'm a wreck.

How to combat the non-stop, anxiety-inducing news created by #45?

Be kind to one another. Let the other person go first at the light. Open the door for the person behind you. Watch more Corgis on YouTube. Breathe. Meditate. Reach out to help others. Create beauty. Find ways to renew yourself so that you don't feel victimized by the new surreality.

Arianna Huffington writes, "As Marcus Aurelius, who spent nineteen years as Emperor of Rome facing nearly constant war, a horrific plague, an attempt at the throne by one of his closest allies ... wrote, 'People look for retreats for themselves in the country, by the coast, or in the hills. There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind.'"


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