January 21, 2019


Squirrels jump into the headlines today with
Martin Luther King, the Civil Rights legend whose legacy was non-violence and civil disobedience.

On January 21, we also commemorate squirrels.

Click here for my HuffPost piece (that went viral):  "Squirrel Appreciation Day:
Don't Miss Celebrating!"

January 13, 2019

Bill Murray In Real Life (Do you believe it?)

I saw the documentary, "The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man" (by Gravitas Ventures and winner of a slew of awards. You can catch it on Netflix). It turns out that I'm not the only one with a Bill Murray unexpected adventure. Amongst the many places he has shown up include popping up at parties, looking for a ride at the side of the road, doing dishes at a fraternity, in an engagement photo of a couple, crashing a private party at a karaoke bar, handing out cookies at an airport, and even riding a children's bicycle through Wal-Mart.

Well ... I have my own Bill Murray story.

I was walking down 6th in NYC. All of a sudden this guy starts talking to me. I look around, and it's BILL MURRAY. We walked and talked for at least seven blocks, including waiting together at corners for the lights to change. I've worked with celebrities, and it's rare  -- especially for someone with his wattage of fame -- that they would take that amount of time with some random person. He took this little moment and charged it with meaning.

So when someone says, "You're never going to believe who showed up. Bill Murray!"

I believe it. The guy is pure enigmatic legend.


This in from Figaro Jones (gofigaro.com):

"Back when Michael Kogen was the proprietor of his little jewel, Piermont (NY) Fine Wine & Spirits, I occasionally filled in for him when he had something else to do. One summer day when I was at the shop alone, the door swung open, and a fellow strolled in with three young boys, all wearing rubber boots. He reached out to shake hands, saying, "Hi, I'm Bill." But he did so by putting his hand behind his baggy T-shirt, shaking my hand with his shirt-covered hand, adding, "Sorry, we were just picking up garbage along the riverbank."
Yup, Bill Murray. He bought a bottle or two of wine and went on his merry way. A sweet moment."

December 31, 2018

MMXVIIII: 2019: Twenty-Nineteen: Happy New Year!

I look back on where I was last year on this date ... profoundly grateful to be alive after having a stroke. It's been a year of continued improvement. Thank God for my family and friends, and for Good Samaritans Janie Parks and Joe Manno for saving the day.

May your New Year be an overabundance of joy, appreciation, good health, peace, and most of all ... love, love, love.   ❤️❤️❤️

December 24, 2018

Jimmy Stewart, Hollywood's "It's a Wonderful Life" Archangel


After working with Jimmy Stewart in NYC, I embraced the forever-favorite film, "It's a Wonderful Life", even more. I had the opportunity to see first-hand what it takes to make for a truly great celebrity. It's not the looks or the swagger, but rather a quality that Mr. Stewart embodied: Humility. 
Read on ...


November 22, 2018

POUND RIDGE PAST Available Exclusively at Design Solutions

Did you know that Frank Morgan ("The Wizard of Oz" himself) lived in Pound Ridge? 
Or that Tallulah Bankhead hung out at The Inn at Pound Ridge?
Read all about it in POUND RIDGE PAST! 

PRP is now available exclusively at 
design solutions 
in Pound Ridge. 
(Just in time for the holidays and gift-giving!)

POUND RIDGE PAST is a collaboration of Bonni Brodnick (author, writer, contributor to HuffPost and former "Talk of the Town" columnist for the Bedford/Pound Ridge Record-Review), Gina Federico (graphic designer, writer on modern houses, modern architects, and modern design) and Fran Collin (food, celebrity and portrait photographer).

design solutions is located at 55 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, NY 10576 
T: 914-296-0122 | designsolutionsny.com


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