100th Birthday Party

May 27

100th Birthday Party

                For those of you who have never attended a 100th birthday party (And who among us has?) here are a few pictures of the one we had for my mother, Josephine, who was born 100 years ago, on May 24, 1914.   Mom was overwhelmed at first, but became used to the fuss pretty quickly and got into the swing of things. She stayed up longer than usual before...

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The Invasion of the Pasta People

May 06

The Invasion of the Pasta People

 When Did Everything Change? Some say it was the Vietnam War, when we stopped believing a single word our government said,* including “and” and “the.” Maybe it was when we started calling love affairs “relationships,” thereby sanitizing the romance right out of our sex lives. Or was it the rise of political correctness, when...

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A Chocolate Lover’s List To Live By

Apr 09

A Chocolate Lover’s List To Live By

Ain’t email grand?  The words of wisdom that appeared in my inbox today were written by Regina Brett, a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer who’s a mere 90 years old. (The italics below are mine.)  If you’re in a hurry, go directly to #10. It sums it all up.   1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s good. Or as that great...

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The Academy Awards Were . . . Nice

Mar 04

The Academy Awards Were . . . Nice

What can you say about the  Academy Awards Show this year? It was nice. Ellen was nice. Except for the semi-snarky bit pretending that Lisa Minnelli (in the flesh) was actually the best female impersonator ever. Lisa did not look amused. The dresses were tasteful, mostly pastel or bright, and that was . . . nice. Although I do feel the need to point out that if...

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Gentlemen’s Guide To Love & Murder. . .

Feb 19

Gentlemen’s Guide To Love & Murder. . .

. . . Meets The  Book of Mormon  Is there room for a hit show on Broadway that doesn’t involve jokes about fucking babies as a cure for AIDS? Thank the lord there is! It’s The Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder and I’d swear on the actual Book of Mormon itself that it’s as funny as its English cousin, the great classic...

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