Monday, December 28, 2009
Good-bye and Hello...
Saying good-bye at Tampa Airport... a tribute to the first pilots in Florida.
Saying hello to The Rainsford Historic District, the old Governor's Mansion.
My kind of neighborhood, quaint and serene, can't wait until spring!
My 1940's hallway, mellow yellow, and a sensuous ambiance.
I've moved across the country 1800 miles. A great adventure.
Snow everywhere, the sounds of early morning shovels.
Sunny skies and glaring white makes the days seem exceptionally bright.
Now that Christmas is over, I think I'm going to lay back and rest
from my six month long, 24/7 effort to get here. But I AM here!
It's a winter wonderland.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Things to come...imminent... any moment now...
And now I embark on a great adventure...
I never thought this day would come, yet
here it is.
Hopefully, you'll be hearing from me in January.
But for now, I must bid you adieu...
As Arnold says, "I'll be back!"
Monday, November 2, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Last night and tonight, I watched the DVD of FOLLIES IN CONCERT,
performed in NYC live at Avery Fisher Hall produced in four days,
mainly to create a definitive album of the show.
The original 1971 production has become a cult favorite.
What was so completely thrilling, watching this 1985 show,
was the emotion the performers felt. I could feel it. They all knew
each other, and had known each other for years. So in a way, the lyrics
of the songs rang true to them, reflecting moments in their own
personal lives. The roster of performers couldn't have been better.
The audience went wild from the minute "The Beautiful Girls"
walked down the steps to the stage. Each performer was greeted
with such thunderous applause, you knew the audience was packed
with hard core Broadway fans. They knew the merits of each
Broadway star. To hear Elaine Stritch sing "Broadway Baby,"
made my heart pound, my eyes tear up, it brought down the house.
That woman gives 200% of herself to each word she sings, and says.
I found myself crying through much of the performance, because
there was something so touching, so personal, so vibrant about
this show. It really was a reunion in reality. Not just the story
of a reunion of showgirls, which Follies is, but a reunion of
Broadway stars who came together to make this happen in just
four days. Consumate professionals, afterwards they said to
each other, "Have you ever seen a night like this!" You could
see in their faces the joy they felt. One star said, "I like
the rehearsals better than doing the show!" They just loved
being together. It was all family.
Stephen Sondheim, bravo.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I love these shoes... I just wonder if you feel like you're walking on
your tippy toes when you wear them. I mean, they ARE kind of high!
All those straps. Great color. Fine material.
Another day in America.
It boggles my mind how lucky we are to be here.
Is there anything you can't buy in America?
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Fire Season in L.A. 2009
Water drop near Palos Verdes Estates
Smoke hovers over downtown Los Angeles
Big Tujunga, LaCanada, Flintridge
Fast moving brushfire Palos Verdes
Fire above ~ hoping it doesn't drop down...
Firefighters ~ amazing guys
Santa Cruz County
Evacuating the horses...
Wearing protective inhalation mask... hey, what about the doggies?
Viewing the fires in Rancho Palos Verdes...
It's become an annual event, the Southern California fires...
They are catastrophic, and yet, the serene, centered Californians
always seem to manage to take them in stride. Just another event
in their lives, like earthquakes and mudslides. They have the best
weather in the universe I think, so what's a few catastrophe's?
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
George Cukor directed The Women in 1939, and Diane English directed her
version of the film in 2008. I specifically say "her version" because
it is radically different from the original. Diane felt that after 70 years,
women had become more supportive of each other, less catty and vindictive.
The original film states "it's all about men." The new version is definitely
all about women. Not a man in sight, and very few on anyone's mind, except
of course for the wandering husband.
The new film's cast of Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Candace Bergen, Eva Mendes, Debi Mazar, Carrie Fisher, a cameo by Bette Midler,
and an outstanding at 82 Cloris Leachman, who has some of the best comic
lines in the film, do a wonderful job of being friends, confidants,
even in betrayal and sadness, they are dynamic. The film ends quite
appropriately in a birthing room, as Debra Messing gives birth to her
fifth child. This new film is all about women, their power, their
passions, their drive, and oh yes, their relationships with the invisible
At first, I was appalled at the difference between the two films, but then
I realized that Diane English was right, women had changed, and they didn't
need to be so catty or clever or "in your face" with the outfits and the style
that was so predominant in the original. I've actually watched it five times,
and at the end now, I cry. Isn't that something? Quite a switch from the
original, which was a comedy classic.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Well, they went and built a hotel on the elephants' migratory path. Did the elephants mind?
Apparently not. They stroll right through the place every
November. Makes a great tourist attraction. Eh? Seems the hotel courtyard
drops particularly delicious mangoes to the ground, and these elephants
cannot resist them! Even though there are other mango trees on other
properties, these elephants prefer the ones found at the hotel.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
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