I have had a long and diverse career, but I have to say that the best job I ever had, because it was just so much fun, was when I was the Hosiery and Bodywear buyer for Macy’s New York . It was before Macy’s was Federated, when it was a regional department store chain in which each branch had its own focus but was still part of a larger identity that defined the company … Read More
It is October 1, 2010. My sister in law, Celeste died today at the age of 54. Cancer claimed her life.
The past few years have been a very poignant time for me. Cancer has sabotaged the lives of several people very close to my heart. Navigating the waters in this dark storm has taught me a grave lesson in confronting fear. This voyage has been life bending as I witnessed the courage and perseverance … Read More
Sometimes, when I need a little creative jump start, I like to wander around a museum, no particular destination in mind, allowing myself the spontaneity of discovery. Last Sunday, while visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art with my daughter, Kate, we ventured up to the roof garden to view Mike and Doug Starn’s evolutionary installation, Big Bambu: You Can’t, You Don’t And You Won’t Stop. It turned out that this was no mere viewing, … Read More
As a little girl, unlike Angelina Jolie (see last week’s quote), I did not dream of being a vampire. I was much more enamored with the ballet and particularly the uber feminine ballerinas in their ethereal tutus that I watched dancing in performances that my parents took me to as a child. I was in awe of these dancers whose dainty bodies and fragile presence belied the extraordinary strength and stamina required to execute a … Read More
I am fascinated by the ongoing obsession of popular culture with vampires. In my parent’s generation, the classic tale of quiet evil was elegantly personified by Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Later, when my generation was tuning up, Anne Rice captivated our fantasy of perpetual youth and mysterious romance in her Vampire Chronicles. And today, no author better serves the quest for the fabulous forbidden other world than Stephenie Meyer’s handsome and captivating teen hero, … Read More
“Is the key to love in passion, knowledge, affection?
All three-along with moonlight, roses, groceries,
givings and forgivings, gettings and forgettings”….
Carl Sandburg’s poetic expression of the essence of real love is epitomized in his 1963 verse, HONEY AND SALT. This poem, written late in his life is a tender ode describing a true friendship between a man and a woman. It is my favorite poem because, for me, it defines my marriage. The … Read More
Studying abroad at the age of 19, I was on an excursion to the art capitals of the world when I saw my first piece of classical sculpture in Rome. Viewing the pure white marble miracles of Michelangelo, I was emotionally transfixed. How could anyone create such a detailed execution of the human body from such a mundane material? Later, in Paris, I witnessed the evolution of this art form from the perfection of … Read More