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Flashback Friday — Fair Assessment

Flashing back just a year, to the 2013 Greek festival at The Church of the Archangels in Stamford.   Yes, I got Catherine to pull server duty, even though it meant wearing the apron and hat. This is perhaps what her fourth-grade teacher, Mr. Schmidt, used to call a “blackmail picture.” We and many other … Continue reading

Dancing Queen

A brief tribute today to my friend Pina, who will hang up her sneakers today after 13 years of teaching Jazzercise. Our little stage in Stamford, CT, won’t be the same without her beautiful smile, upbeat attitude, terrific energy and amazing shimmy. When I first started taking Jazzercise classes 8 1/2 years ago, I went … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Otherwise Engaged

Flashback 21 years, many permanent waves and one unfortunate choice of eyeglass frames to February 1993. These pictures were a surprise — taken by John, a former co-worker of Basil’s who is also the brother of Ann, one of the women I played in the Port Chester High School band with. I met Ann at the … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — On Wedded Bliss

Flashback 25 years ago this week, to the wedding of my friend Jacquie and her husband Raymond. It was a memorable day. And not just because the groom’s brother thought it would be a good idea to leap from the motel roof into the pool to celebrate after the rehearsal dinner (his trick went off … Continue reading

Brush with Creativity

What fun last night — my friend, Kristen, pulled me outside the box yet again for a night of creative exploration. We spent the evening at Art Plus Studio in SoNo … painting. You should know that although my grandmother and mother have terrific visual art talent, mine is fair to middling. As a painter, I’m … Continue reading

Aglow with anticipation

Tomorrow, I’m going to reclaim my sparkle. I think. I’m headed to a ladies’ retreat tomorrow afternoon — armed with comfortable clothes, a bottle of water, a journal in which to record my thoughts and a bit of hope that some good tips and karma will rub off and allow me to serenely sail through these … Continue reading

Proving once again that laughter is the best medicine

I don’t know what you were up to today, but odds are good you didn’t wander through an inflatable colon. I did. It was part of an adventurous afternoon with my friend Kristen — part girlfriend catch-up, part experiencing different things, all of it entertaining. After Jazzercise and a quick breakfast and caffeine infusion, we headed … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Christmas in February

Flashback to 2007 … and Christmas when it is supposed to be celebrated. That was back when things were far less complicated, schedules not nearly as full. Back then, we could celebrate with my best friend, Jacquie, and her family right then, in December, when the tree was still decked out in all its glory. … Continue reading

No meeting of the minds

Well, we threw a reunion committee meeting last night and (almost) no one came. Just me, John and his girlfriend, Kay — who had been to elementary school with us, and whose family later moved out of town. Not sure if it was just a bad night for planning or if this was a proverbial … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Time to Get Together Again

Our class’ reunion time is upon us again, with plans for the 30th just getting under way, so Flashback today to the Port Chester High School Class of 1984’s 25th reunion. Here we were at the first planning meeting back in 2008: And here are Judy, John and me the night of the big event … Continue reading