August 12, 2022

Featured in "The Pub" -- "Broadway’s Patti LuPone Blasts Etiquette No-No’s"

At a Broadway performance of Company, Patti LuPone recently cussed someone for not wearing their Covid mask properly.

“Put your mask over your nose. …That’s the rule. If you don’t want to follow the rule, get the f — out!” 

For a review of basic concert and theater etiquette, more instances of audience misbehavior (and great quotes from Patti), read my latest piece,

"Broadway’s Patti LuPone Blasts Etiquette No-No’s: 

A Word on Good Behavior for the Performing Arts"

August 9, 2022

Broadway Legend Patti LuPone Blasts Etiquette No-No's:  Getting caught in her line of fire for RUDENESS


Something memorable happened while Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway mega-star Patti LuPone was appearing at a concert at Caramoor Center for Music and The Arts. In the middle of her finale, two audience members got up to leave.

Patti abruptly stopped singing and said, “I hope you get to your car in time.” The audience laughed. 

A spotlight shined on the couple as they slithered out of the concert tent. 

Rude audiences are ruining it for everyone.

Stay tuned for my latest piece on Patti LuPone!

July 20, 2022

Old Meets Young : Young Meets Old

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It was a precious moment, indeed, when my 91-year-old mother reached over to touch the foot of her new (brand new!) great-grandson Bowie Llewyn. That's more than 33,348 days vs. 42 days. My mother's weathered hands have seen a lot of living and loving. Bowie's little feet haven't even touched the earth yet. 

June 19, 2022

Published in "The Narrative Collective" -- "ESCAPE FROM GEL NAIL MANICURE HELL: Words From a Former Addict"


My name is Bonni. I am a recovered gel nail manicure addict. After several years of falling into this beauty trap, my fingernails sent me a message, loud and clear:


They wanted to breathe.  

To read how I overcame this nasty addiction, click here.

June 14, 2022

For a Stroke Survivor, WOW! What a Week to be Alive: Keeping the world at bay for just a minute

What’s happening in the world — between the war, the shootings, women’s rights, climate change, to name a few — is extremely depressing. May I humbly share my good news? 

Last week I had a bounty of extraordinary celebrations.

Photo Courtesy of the Author

First: My son and daughter-in-law gave birth to a little boy named Bowie Llewyn Brodnick. Look at the intent of David’s gaze towards his new son. For a parent, it’s a joy to hear the fathomless love David is expressing… and it’s just the beginning. “Longue vie à Bowie Llewyn!” (“Long life to Bowie Llewyn!”) wrote one of my good friends in France.

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Second (and a few days later): My daughter graduated from medical school. She’s Class of 2020, but the school held off the ceremony until 2022 due to the pandemic. The delay between graduation and real life put Dr. ACB well on her way to fulfilling a three-year residency in a major hospital emergency department. [We even had to cut the graduation celebration short because The Good Doctor had a 4:00 a.m. sign-in in the hospital’s Level I Trauma Center.)

These personal events were a mini-distraction from what was happening in the world. As a stroke survivor especially — one who had to relearn how to walk, talk, swallow, and tie my shoes — you can be sure that I EMBRACE EVERY SECOND of these milestone moments.

And now, back to the news.

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