Birthdays, butterflies and beautiful places

Birthdays, butterflies and beautiful places

Today, my daughter Katherine celebrates her birthday and, though I’ve written about her before, I believe the beautiful butterfly that is emerging from her COVID-mandated cocoon deserves a special post. Katherine lives in LA, which has been locked down for almost exactly a year. Everything that drew Katherine and her friends to that city – [...]

Friday Faves — Pizza, a Little Drummer and a birthday boy

Friday Faves — Pizza, a Little Drummer and a birthday boy

Generally, I spend the day after Thanksgiving digesting a giant meal, hauling out the holly and singing Christmas carols along with my friends Bing Crosby, Kenny Rogers and Amy Grant. This year, I'm adding a couple of tunes to the playlist and my needle seems to be stuck on one in particular. Have you heard [...]

Small pox, big celebrations and treasured friends

Small pox, big celebrations and treasured friends

Our favorite ballroom dancer turns 90 tomorrow and, if you think she is even mildly daunted at the prospect of hitting that milestone in the midst of a pandemic, you don't know the unflappable Janet Mahr. She and her husband of 64-years kicked off their lives together in the midst of a local pandemic when, [...]