June 28, 2021

Champlain Towers South vs The Pantheon

The architects of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, FL could learn a thing or two from the Romans who built The Pantheon. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. 


The Pantheon

Built: 27 BC

Champlain Towers South

Built: 1981

27 BC vs 1981? 

Someone must have been asleep in architect school on the day they discussed "How to Build Something that will Last More that 40 Years." It's sort of pathetic.



June 15, 2021

In 100 Words, "What Did You Do on Sunday Nights During Quarantine?"

                                                                               Photo: Sherwin Harris
 
During the long months of quarantine during Coronavirus, nine couples called in every Sunday evening via Zoom. These so-called "Sunday Night Gatherers" selected one host to guide the talks on favorite gardens, morning, rituals, architecture, paintings, album covers, museums, vacations, poetry, last outing prior to lockdown, movies, restaurants, Mother's Day, and more. We opened a thread on Slack to download recipes, maps, and photos. The conversations lasted an hour-and-a-half, and then it was back to reality. Last night, most who were in town, could finally celebrate an 
in-person, no mask, summer lawn party. Happy days are here again.






June 7, 2021

On MEDIUM: "Is 'New York, New York' a Song for All Seasons?"

 

Photo: Bonni Brodnick

     “Blue Skies,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” and “Hound Dog” were all part of the singer’s repertoire hired to entertain residents of The Maplewood at Strawberry Hill, where my 90-year-old mother lives. (She’s the one on the left.) The garden was a sea of wheelchairs and walkers as he sang to an audience of octo- and nonagenarians. When he got to “New York, New York,” I lost it. 

This year, this song, has been especially evocative.

On MEDIUM, go to  

"Is 'New York, New York' a Song for All Seasons?"



May 11, 2021

The Emily Post Institute's "Awesome Etiquette" Podcast Greenlights My Piece

This is so funny ...

My piece, "Will You Please Excuse Me While I Fall Through the Floor Now?," 
was accepted by The Emily Post Institute's "Awesome Etiquette" podcast. 
(It's about the absolute, most embarrassing, to-die-for-moment that ever 
happened to me in my entire life.)

Retitled "Mistakes Were Made" will come out September 2021.
They've scripted the piece and it's hilarious. 




May 7, 2021

Featured on MEDIUM: "10 HELPFUL TIPS BEFORE YOU DIE: Make it a Snap For Those You Leave Behind"


                                                 Photo by Pero Kalimero on Unsplash

 It was an uneventful Thursday until my best friend called to say her mother had died unexpectedly. 

“My brothers and I did what we thought our mother would have liked,” responded my friend. “Who knows … maybe she would have preferred Lynyrd Skynyrd’s blues rock to the ‘Amazing Grace’ hymn. It would have been nice to have known upfront.”

Don't leave them guessing!

On MEDIUM ...

"10 Helpful Tips Before You Die

Make it a Snap for Those You Leave Behind

Click here.





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