What’s on your vanity…

The Egyptians started wearing makeup  7,000 years ago.  Over the years, women have been creative in finding ways to enhance their beauty, from using burnt match sticks to rim their eyes, berries to stain their lips and even the urine of young boys to fade freckles and other dark spots. Today the beauty industry is… Continue reading What’s on your vanity…

A “Reset” at Sea Level…

  I'm in California this week, at the La Jolla Shores Beach.  Although my life is not particularly stressful or hectic anymore, sometimes it takes a walk on the beach to clear my head and wake (shake) me up.  Meditating has never come easy for me (I lack the discipline required!) but breathing in the… Continue reading A “Reset” at Sea Level…

Trick or treat…

Original Halloween traditions look nothing like the celebrations of today.  Thousands of years ago, the Celtics, who inhabited Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, held the Festival of Samhain to mark the end of summer and harvest and the beginning of a new year, November 1.   This was considered a time of death...the… Continue reading Trick or treat…

Fall Gardening…part 2

  The leaves have certainly been dancing quite a jig in my garden over this past week!    The magnificent Elm tree in the garden provided the most leaves for this party.   My elm is huge and old and unfortunately has suffered some strong wind damage in the years that we have lived in this… Continue reading Fall Gardening…part 2

Fall Gardening…part 1

  What is the busiest season in the garden...spring or fall?  The verdict is out on that, however, I do know that when the sun is shining in October, there is no time to waste!  Usually, Nature has a much better idea of when the snow will start to fly than the local weatherman.  Lately,… Continue reading Fall Gardening…part 1

Downton Abbey…the movie

  Highclere Castle, in Newbury England (70 miles from London), is the setting for the fictional Masterpiece Theatre series and newly released movie, Downton Abbey. I, like millions of others, watched every episode (six seasons 2011-2016) of the Masterpiece Theatre series of Downton Abbey.  To say, "I loved it", would be the ultimate understatement!  Julian Fellows, the… Continue reading Downton Abbey…the movie

Forever friends…

This past weekend CNN did a special (Friends Forever) on the Friends TV show to mark the 25th anniversary of its first airing.  My kids (especially my daughter) watched "Friends" religiously every Thursday night when she was a teenager, and loved it.  I, too, often tuned in and soon had a favourite character  (Rachel) and particularly… Continue reading Forever friends…