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…

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…

The most wonderful time of the year…

I'm sure you've seen the "Staples" commercial, (The Most Wonderful Time of the Year) that plays on TV during the back to school season.  Parents gleefully wheeling their carts down the aisles, loading up on school supplies, barely concealing their enthusiasm about the kids going back to school! I, too, was always happy to see… Continue reading The most wonderful time of the year…

Summer…

Summer, the favourite season of many, is here along with lazy days, long, warm evenings, and family vacations.   "Summertime",  composed in 1935,  (music by George Gershwin, lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin) was an aria performed in the opera, Porgy and Bess.  The song soon became a popular jazz standard (Billy Holiday) and is considered… Continue reading Summer…