Recently, I decided to take a DNA test; not for ancestry, although this was certainly revealed. I was curious about my long term health. I had the results professionally analyzed and was surprised how the counselor identified physical and psychological realities about my nature without knowing me at all. Of course, learning the truth can be difficult, but knowing the truth enables us to take the necessary steps to improve our future. I’ve never been an ostrich; I prefer knowledge. And thankfully, there were no major health alerts, but even if there were, she had the information necessary to challenge any potential probabilities. It was an eye opening insight into from whence I come and where I might go.
We flew to Southern California this past weekend to attend the wedding party of my son’s sister-in-law, Megan Best. In true Megan style, it was just a whole lot of fun; a block party held outside her family’s home with 200 people eating, drinking and dancing in the street. Casual as it was; a buffet style barbecue, wine and beer stations, a candy bar, ice cream carts and even a bouncy house for the kids, there was also a chorus of groomsmen, bridesmaids and a vintage style wedding dress. Since they were married several months earlier in Boston from whence they recently moved, the ceremony was an exchange of vows officiated by none other than my daughter in law who delivered a clever speech to anoint their union. They danced down the … Read more
Lately, actually always, I take a much more macro perspective on current events. I learned to do this many years ago when my father scolded me about over lamenting the loss of a particular boyfriend. Cold as his words were at the time “Get over it, you must realize that you are a very small speck in the universe and one event will not define your life”, the remand has enabled me to understand that individual deeds are simply a mark on the larger graph of time. Age teaches us that progress is an erratic climb to the top.
The history of the Gossard brand is a reflection of this precept. Even though they were born in America in 1901, their relocation to London in the 1920’s removed them from the North … Read more
I know I am a bit late to the party, but recently, I have been binge watching Game of Thrones, having missed the craze when it was peeking. My husband thought it wouldn’t appeal to me as I have a deep distaste for gratuitous violence and sex in films. But I am fine with it when it weaves the very fabric of the tale setting the course for the dark romance between good and evil. In fact, it is the potent forces of male hubris and female intuition that turns this story from a brutal exposition to a sensual lyric. Excellence in staging and luxurious in detail, each episode begs the viewer to want more. The contrast between shadowy sets (or maybe that is just my TV reception) and excessive riches lends … Read more
I studied French diligently in school with big plans. I wanted to work at the United Nations and French is one of the 6 official UN languages. So when my merchandising career began (another story for another time) I questioned the viability of my education. You don’t hear that much French in New York’s garment district. But as my retail path veered into Intimate Apparel, I realized that I was wrong. French is more than a language; it is an entire lifestyle. The cadence, accent, pronunciation and expressions are indicative of the entire culture: provocative, elegant, and proud. The proclivity of lingerie boutiques weaving through any commercial locale in France clarifies that for a French woman, intimates are more than a necessity. They are a critical foundation to their self-esteem; an absolute … Read more
After living in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for the past 5 years, last Spring I decided that I had to stop playing Spanish Charades and learn to speak the language. So, I hired a tutor with whom I not only studied in Cabo, but also continued to work with via SKYPE all summer while in the US. I really enjoy the discovery process as well as the satisfaction of breaking barriers through communication. New skills, new energy and new outlook: this is how I expand my horizons. I thought that my foundation in French would make the operation easier. Conceptually, the two languages have many parallels. This helped, but truthfully they are very different in tone, technique and style, making both worthy of acquiring. This confirms my belief that just because one … Read more