P.S.-Pooh Says...

"What day is it? - 'It's today' - squeaked Piglet. 'My favourite day' - said Pooh."- A.A. Milne

06 November 2018

Yes! It Matters-Go VOTE!

            “Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.”     ~Susan B. Anthony

Confession, I admit it-for the majority of  my voting life I did not vote.  I didn't believe I could make a difference.  I didn't think it mattered. I didn't believe in the process. I didn't like who was running.  I didn't think voting in my state changed anything...I didn't vote. I grew up in post-Watergate America and that framed my political socialization.  Then I grew up!  I realized what we all have to see, what my Father tried to tell me for years, if you don't participate don't complain!...and now I live in a country that frightens me more everyday.  So I can hide under the covers, or I can get up off the couch as Barack told us, and VOTE! 
Hope you do the same.

 “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” ~Plato

31 October 2018

Only Best Witches

'Tis That Day...It is time to Choose!
 

Good Witch???  Bad Witch????  Best Witch!


WITCH will it Be??


So, Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch??  



Well...we ALL have our moments don't we!!??


"A person should choose a costume 
that contrasts her own personality."-Lucy Van Pelt


Too many Bad Hair Days! and my morning  "Mirror Mirror on the Wall" have gone a long way toward confirming my next career move-Haunting Houses!
Bette Midler, Hocus Pocus
Too many Bad Hair Days! and my morning  "Mirror Mirror on the Wall" have gone a long way toward confirming my next career move-Haunting Houses!
Oh for a Magic Wand or a Broomstick that will take me through the stars...
If ever there was a time  for a Good Witch it is now! A twitch of my nose and all would be well with the world.



So,this Halloween since I can't wave a wand, I want to celebrate some of my very favorite Good Witches...

... if I am going to be a Witch I might as well look to a few role models who with a twitch of a nose,a wave of a wand or a ride on a vacuum cleaner ( like The Wednesday Witch) Make it Work!


Lena Horne, Glinda The Wiz
Hermione,Harry Potter
Veronica Lake, I Married a Witch
 
...and certainly I will need  to dress the part...Givenchy would  work! 




 If Good Witching is in the cards for me then why not take a wand from the Best Witches...

After all...



Best Witches to all!
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28 October 2018

Numb is Now the Norm

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference...  
Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil."  Elie Wiesel

 It is unacceptable that horror,madness, and unspeakable grief have become the norm in this world. The cycle just repeats itself again, and again, and again...Violence and hate have literally become political weapons. Lives are lost and we don't budge an inch. We are simply numb to it, we have ceased to be shocked, and that cannot be how any civilization can survive. 

"Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe." Elie Wiesel


27 September 2018

Tell' Em to Get Their Own Coffee

Welcome Back #MurphyBrown! We need you!! On my office wall hangs this 👇 from an ad for the original Murphy Brown  series. I  tore  it out and hung it on my fridge and it has hung on every office wall and fridge I have had for almost 30 years. Murphy Brown took no prisoners and suffered no fools...she told them all and showed them all! Today it may feel we have not budged one inch forward since Murphy, but glad she is back so a new generation of girls and women can laugh and learn...Thank you #CandiceBergen #DianeEnglish#TheFutureisFemale#Tellemtogettheirowncoffee#AlwaysAcceptCashmere"Ask Tough Questions
Risk Failure
Look Beneath the Surface
Avoid Bowties
Go Against the Grain
Trust Your Instincts
Buck Trends
Wear Black to the Office
Make Waves
Fight Gravity
Tell 'em to Get Their Own Coffee
Rock the Boat
View Pantyhose as Optional June-August
Puncture the Pompous
Don't Answer to Honey
Wear Leather to Big Meetings
Be Vocal
Get Even
Act Silly Occasionally
Remember Rock 'n Roll is Therapy
When in Doubt Wear Heels
Radiate Intelligence
Hold Out
Don't Date Men with Pinky Rings
Demand Equality
Always Accept Cashmere"


03 September 2018

The Best of What Might Be-Summer Sails Away

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” -Charles Bowden

I cannot quite get my head around this summer-I know, I know, I whine about this every Labor Day weekend, but here it is again-a summer sails away. It is going to feel like 100 degrees out there today but still I just flipped the calendar pages to September,yes I still do real calendars! Didn't  I just turn those same pages to June? Is it growing older that make Summertime fly? How often in the past few days have you heard "Can you believe it is Labor Day?" NO! I CANNOT!  Someone go find me June, July... A blink and suddenly the skies grow dark earlier,  scarecrows and even bags of trick or treat candy are everywhere,leaves start to drop...and suddenly September.


Labor Day weekend of course always feels like an abrupt and an unwelcome end to summer.  For me this year it is particularly unsettling as summer 2018 was just so grumpy.  The weather was grumpy, the news was grumpy and even the gardens of Camp MP were grumpy-growing out of bounds like a jungle or in some spots showing no effort or joyful blooms at all as the critters ruled and burrowed and chomped away...and I was grumpy along with it.  I can count on two fingers when I got to just sit and do a summer day, lazy days with a book-in fact the pile of books that called in May remain unopened.  Can I get a Do-Over on summer 2018??? Mainly I want to slow it down and not have the golden days be a blur and just hold to "the best of what might be."
"Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." -Henry James

Summer after all is supposed to be the time of year that everything slows down, nothing much is scheduled of a serious nature during the summer months- everyone is away, or going away, or just coming back from being away...and in summer it is not only perfectly  acceptable, but also fashionable, to be lazy and just sit with a book.  Nights are slow in coming and have a special air with sounds that open windows welcome in-dogs barking, kids riding by on their bikes, night crickets, and of course baseball on the radio...


 September in New England should not to be dismissed, the skies are glorious and the weather rides the change toward sweater weather.  This weekend, however, is a marker, closing the door on "true summer" the season that gives us permission to Go Play Outside.  With Labor Day we have to come in, toss the flip flops aside and put "practical shoes" on--we have to Go Back to School and back to our desks piled high with all the things we said we would get to "after Labor Day". Just this week there  have been subtle signs of the season changing ...a few dry leaves turned on the trees, Mums filling the nurseries, Halloween cards on the racks and my favorite-the "plunking" of acorns as they fall and hit my neighbor's deck.  Mother Nature is serious about her calendar even if I am not.  I cling to summer well into November!



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Don't get me wrong, I adore  the fall- crisp air, glorious colors, tweeds,and crunchy knits, the scent of cinnamon and  apples, piles of pumpkins, the whole New England bit.  Soon I will start digging out the tired blooms and replace them with  happy faced fall pansies and curly pink flowering kale.  I might even run for the needles and cast on some cables!!

Labor Day, however, means we have to be grown ups again, not such a bad thing but you sort of get used to wearing your summer brain.  The new season also means a new start-every one of us remembers what the day after Labor Day always meant-new shoes, a fresh box of crayons, a new teacher and a brand new year--much more fun than New Year's Day!



 No reason Fall can't welcome in a whole new start-I like the idea!---after this grumpy summer how welcome hitting restart would be-if only!!  but if its OK with everyone I'll delay rowing the boat ashore just yet, and leave my flip flops by the back door for at least a few more weeks.


 “All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery

25 August 2018

A Once in a Century Life -Happy 100th Lenny

"...everything my father did, in any aspect of his life, was always in the context of love. If he could have, he would have hugged every person on the planet — and he kind of did, through his music." 
~ Jamie Bernstein on her Father, Leonard Bernstein

 On a Sunday afternoon, November 14 1943, at Carnegie Hall, Leonard Bernstein, at just the age of 25, entered the world's spotlight. He was brought in to conduct the New York Philharmonic at the last moment and with that his magnificent ride began. He was a conductor, composer, teacher, mentor, humanitarian, political activist, and ambassador for the arts to the world. He LIVED with every pore of his being. Larger than life to be sure.

"I'll do it as Bernstein,or not at all."

His own singular complicated, exuberant, passionate, political, Peter Pan-esque existence is legendary.  He could be a "handful" as his daughter describes, but no one lived bigger or left such gifts to the world.  Legend indeed.

"A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future."

 It was as if he had so much to share and had to get it out or he might burst-be it for the ballet, the Broadway stage, the conductor's podium with every major symphony orchestra or the timeless and marvelous Young People's concerts.  

"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."

Most lights that shine so intensely burn out and cease. No one remembers too much about them, but Leonard Bernstein's light was so immense that it could never go out-never die. It will always shine, like a beacon of sheer joy,of promise and hope. 



 "It is the artists of the world, the feelers and the thinkers who will ultimately save us; who can articulate, educate, defy, insist, sing and shout the big dreams."
  
Last weekend while sitting at Tanglewood, the place he adored, and where he conducted his last concert, listening to Andris Nelsons conduct the BSO perform, along with Yo-Yo Ma, a new John Williams' piece, "Highland's Ghost", composed in part to celebrate Bernstein's centennial and the "spirit" of Tanglewood, everyone in that huge crowd felt a presence.  The music Williams wrote is "...a little haunted by Lenny." No doubt.  Through his music, and his work,the light that is Bernstein haunts us all, pushing us, moving us, beckoning us to go forward...to create, to heal, to help, to sing, to love, to live! and oh what a light he left us. Happy Birthday Lenny!
  
"We're neither pure, nor wise, nor good We'll do the best we know. We'll build our house and chop our wood And make our garden grow. And make our garden grow!"
~ Leonard Bernstein's Candide



  Bernstein Playlist via NPR

Visit The Bernstein Experience

16 August 2018

R.E.S.P.E.C.T!

Photographed by Wayne Maser, Vogue, March 1988 via

“It’s important for people. Not just me or the civil rights movement or women—it’s important to people. And I was asked what recording of mine I’d put in a time capsule, and it is ‘Respect.’ Because people want respect—even small children, even babies. As people, we deserve respect from one another...” Aretha Franklin on "Respect"

In a world of imitation, knock-offs and banality, there was, and always will be an oasis.  A singular voice that no one can imitate, from a woman who defined Diva, a drop your mink as you go Diva,who could and did, sing any wannabe Diva into the next century. When she sang you stopped, you pulled over, you tuned everything and everyone out because Aretha was singing!  R.E.S.P.E.C.T ...and everyone did.

She would be our soundtrack whenever we needed that voice, the voice that became the anthem for power, strength and pride... and oh what a voice! overflowing Heart and pouring Soul!  Listen-The Queen! is singing.

If you need to smile, if you need to dance, if you need to find strength, if you need to feel like you can rule the world, if you need to put the top down in your car and sing your lungs out, or if you just need to hear the best there ever was, or ever could be...Aretha! 

 I will forever regret that I never saw her perform live but I have four favorite performances:

*Murphy Brown and Aretha sing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" 1991

* "Nessun Dorma" Filling in for Pavoratti at the Grammys in 1998 


 “Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R. & B., rock and roll—the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope... American history wells up when Aretha sings." Barack Obama