January Goals: Darn You Omicron

My goal is simply to make it through the month without meeting Omicron – so I’m sequestered once again. Choosing a 2022 day planner gave me a jolt of energy but otherwise I’m feeling foggy, even though the sky is …

1.7.22

Start Your Year with Lonesome Dove

I’ve led my book club down many risky reading paths over the past twenty years. Sometimes, my choices arouse vociferous resistance and when I’ve led the group astray, I readily beg forgiveness. But more often than not, trying something out …

1.5.22
A PICK OF                 THE MONTH

Salt in My Soul, the documentary

It’s 2022. If you are looking for inspiration about how to live your life with more intention this new year, consider spending a few hours with Mallory Smith, a young woman whose short life casts a long legacy of gratitude. …

1.3.22

Dwindling Days of December

Lake Balboa Swan Boats

If the Omicron news has you down, and all you can do is lie on the couch and read the books you got for Christmas, I’m with you. Here are a few things that might be …

12.29.21

Do Yourself a Favor (and Quick!)

Kehinde Wiley, “A Portrait of a Young Gentleman”

Would you drive across town to see one painting? I spend the day at The Huntington two weeks go, drawn to the Kehinde Wiley pictured here, and it was well worth the …

12.29.21

A lot of Quilting Going On

Three interesting exhibits are on view, here in LA and in Boston, with quilting at the center. As someone who loves the textile arts, I want to share links to each of the exhibits.

Hank Willis Thomas at Kayne Griffin

12.15.21

2 Museums: 2 Excellent Shows (with a fun connection)

Getty Center in December 2021

Many of us have curtailed plans to travel this holiday, providing an excellent opportunity to explore our own city’s cultural institutions — we used to call this a Staycation but now it’s just the New …

12.14.21

Too Many Books (but plenty of time)

The 2021 Best Book lists are out and it’s time to plan your holiday reading and gift lists. First, check out the New York Times Top 10 Books of 2021. Here also are the lists from the Wall Street

12.3.21

Foraged Finds: December 2021

Santa Monica Farmers Market Bounty

Foraged Finds is a new section of my newsletter – just random bits and bobs about life right now, which will now also be hosted here on the site. Hope you enjoy it, and maybe …

12.3.21