As our trip draws to a close I'm considering what I'll remember most. It's the light. The light is what drew Georgia O'Keefe to this part of New Mexico and it's what makes the place so magical. We were lucky enough to have pretty good weather the entire month: not too hot, not too cold, with a few . . .
I love the fashion and beauty industries. There really is very little new in either, just a recycling of old fashion and makeup trends that were once fresh and new. So I smiled when I read that for 2015, red-red lips are on trend and black winged eyeliner is in style. They're from two different . . .
It's only 8am but the sun beats down hard from a deep blue sky, belying the thermometer, which reads 67 degrees. We're walking Riley before the heat of the day takes hold. It's July in San Jose, Calif. and here in the valley, it can get sweltering. The neighborhood is still mostly green despite a . . .
It's summer and bathing beauties are enjoying a dip in the San Francisco Bay area. These are circa 1937 WPA murals at the Beach Chalet in San Francisco and they depict Depression-era life in the city. A dip was an easy way to keep cool. But, I wonder, why did they need to keep cool in a city that . . .
Well before "celebrities" adopted the conceit of using only a single name, one need only say "Marilyn" and the world knew the reference was to Marilyn Monroe. Because there was only one Marilyn. She's beautiful; to me, she was and remains the most beautiful woman in the world. Even more . . .
Kids with no school and lots of time on their hands need some fun things to do during holiday break, especially if they live in a part of the country that is prone to frigid outdoor weather. This post is all about fun things that you can do with kids or that they can do on their own--Christmas . . .
Sometimes, the tiniest twist to a common gift can elevate a common gift to something special. Here are 10 ways to make gifts special with practical but fun touches the recipient will appreciate: 1. Elevate a gift card... Everyone loves a gift certificate to a favorite store. This year, add a . . .
I love giving gifts. The process of choosing just the right thing for my loved ones is one of my greatest pleasures. For me, it's not a materialistic thing, it's a giving thing. And despite our belief that there's nothing new in the world, I've found some interesting and unique holiday gift ideas. . . .
Just so there's no misunderstanding as to what I mean. Isn't it amazing? I wonder how old it is. These are works of art, to me, anyway. I wish they came with labels as to date and origin. The remarkable thing in Sicily is the light, which I'm having a hard time describing. But it makes even . . .
BIGGER? BETTER. There are some times bigger is just better. Smaller is not always better. Regardless of what some want to believe. Phone calendar. There was a day (when I worked) when I kept my calendar synched to my smartphone. But here's the honest truth: I always kept a month-at-a-glance . . .