August 1, 2020

Meditation + Cocktails With the Masses

Tonite while having cocktails I was thinking ... in the morning I meditate online with about 1,600 other people, and tonite I'm drinking with thousands.

It’s nice not to be alone during these COVID times.

July 28, 2020

Edward Hopper On Cape Cod

Photo: Bonni Brodnick
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"Razzmatazz" is not a word one would use for Edward Hopper. This American painter is far from it. Instead, Hopper's work holds a spareness that bespeaks simplicity, isolation, and solitude. 

His Cape Cod oeuvre is mostly from Truro, the stretch of land between Provincetown and Wellfleet. It is here that Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 - May 15, 1967) first visited in 1930, and painted forty of his eighty-four summers. Over the decades, and as his work developed, he returned to a minimalist subject: old wooden houses in an open stretch of beach or heath.

                                                                                                                           Photo: Bonni Brodnick

We were recently on the Cape. The photos I took remind me of Hopper's work. The luminosity of light and the sharpness of shadow are stunning. 

And here is a shot of the Truro landscape that inspired Hopper.
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July 18, 2020

New Pillows For Quarantine Sanity

In this country, tens of thousands of people are coming down with Coronavirus daily. Cases continue to surge in the south and the midwest. One expert said, "The idea that every mayor, every governor, every local official, should figure out their own pandemic response and what to do and not to do is crazy." There's no leadership.

I'm freaked out.

While COVID rages, I quarantine as much as possible. This is the summer I'm home. A lot. 

I had to do something that would cheer me up. Make me feel good about being inside. So I decided to change my living room with summery pillow cases as a distraction from the raging pandemic. 

I checked Etsy, thinking that would be the perfect place to start. Voilà... found MyPillowStudio. Just stuff your old pillows inside whatever cases you choose. Here is the sassy combo I came up with:

                                                                                                                                              I'm lovin' it.

July 2, 2020

TINY LOVE STORIES: "Do You Think We're Compatible?" (100 words)

"Do you think we're compatible?" 
This is what I'll ask my husband at any time, out of the blue, 
because I marvel 
that we've been together for 34 years. 
But I never imagined that when we got married 
we'd be stuck inside together for 90+ days straight. 
During the quarantine, he's commandeered the dining room with three computers and a printer, 
and I'm upstairs in my office. 
We hardly see one another during the day. 
Then at dinnertime, we'll watch a movie, laugh, and sit very closely on the sofa. 
"Do you think we're compatible?" 
Yes. I do.

June 26, 2020

New Yorkers Are Tough. Smart + United

I am so proud to be a New Yorker! After three months in quarantine and WEARING MASKS, we not only flattened the curve, WE BENT IT. It's not a political thing, it's people's HEALTH. Texas, Florida, Nevada, Arizona, and 12 other states are seeing an explosion in coronavirus numbers. We are not! We've worked together to bring down the numbers. Sure, I'd love to go to the beach, or a big party, but there's a frickin' pandemic going on. As NY Governor Cuomo said, "New Yorkers are tough, smart, united, disciplined, and loving."
Be smart ... WEAR MASKS!!!!!!!!

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