April

“IF I KNOW YOU ARE COMING AT FOUR… AT THREE I BEGIN TO BE HAPPY”

“IF I KNOW YOU ARE COMING AT FOUR… AT THREE I BEGIN TO BE HAPPY”  For decades, I’ve loved those words from The Little Prince, the enchanting novella written and illustrated in 1943 by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator. I first read it, one of the best-selling books ever published, when I was a sophomore… read more

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE…

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE…   Do you remember “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood?” (Most people simply referred to it as “Mr. Rogers.”) It was a beloved children’s television series created and hosted by Fred Rogers and ran on a multitude of public television networks including PBS, from 1966 to 2001.    Our older daughter, Kate, who started watching it when she was about… read more

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE…

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE… It is. And we are “players” on it – however reluctant, at times. But maybe that’s because we make it – being a “player” – harder than it needs to be. I hear what I call “negative typecasting” from people just about every day. “I”m not the ‘creative type.’” “I’m not the… read more

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE SHOES

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE SHOES Every now and then life hands us the chance to define our- selves. These moments-sometimes big, more often, little-usually don’t come all gift wrapped with fanfare and hoopla. Of course, the big ones are pretty easy to spot. The little ones, well, they’re pretty easy to miss. And the thing… read more

“I JUST CAN’T IMAGINE IT!”

“I JUST CAN’T IMAGINE IT!”   That’s what I emphatically told my mom as she drove me past the new school in a new town that I was to begin attending a few weeks later. A school, I flatly stated, I would NOT be going to.  We were moving from Bay Village, a town on the outskirts of Cleveland to Ottawa Hills, a town on the… read more

GLORIA!

GLORIA!   Gloria Vanderbilt is a heroine of mine. She is one-of-a-kind, indomitable, unstoppable, unfailingly optimistic – and should have her picture in Webster’s next to the word, “resilience”… I was knocked out by the interview CNN anchor and “60 Minutes” correspondent, Anderson Cooper did with his mom recently as they launch their new mother/son book, The… read more

THE REPURPOSED LIFE

THE REPURPOSED LIFE   A very dear friend of our family (and the love of our daughter Kate’s life) named David Page is possibly the most creative, imaginative person I know. Not surprisingly, he’s a renowned creative director and a founder and partner of the New York advertising agency, BouchezPage. Here’s the thing about David: Everything he sees, he sees with new eyes. If he… read more

DO ONE REALLY NICE THING….

                    Last week I was sitting in a packed waiting room waiting (what else?) to have an MRI done on a foot I’ve almost completely wrecked…thanks to walking too many miles in five inch heels. I was a “walk in” (no appointment) so my wait was even longer than most people’s. But everyone was rolling… read more

DISCONNECTED IN A HYPER-CONNECTED WORLD OR, “WILL YOU JUST LOOK UP?!”

Almost exactly two years ago I wrote a “motivator” that described a scene I spotted in Central Park that,twenty-three and a half months later, still breaks my heart… There was an adorable little person sitting in her stroller (probably about two and a half) talking a mile a minute to her mommy (with all the animation… read more