Best Present for Dad is a Visit From Daughter

What is the best birthday present you can give someone? For families far-flung around the globe, just arriving in person is a perfect gift. On February 24th, when we gathered at our friend Michael Ceurvorst's beautiful home on Kauai for his 70th birthday, we were treated to the company of his … [Read more...]

Lee Morey Birthday Party

Thank you to The Beach House for the service and the beautiful setting for our luncheon gathering to celebrate Lee Morey's birthday July 11th. Attending: Lucille Barale Judy Beane Betty Bell Lynn Bingman Alison Dunn Lori Finch Summer Harrison Susan Hutchinson Yunah Joseph Linda … [Read more...]

Gratitude at Thanksgiving – My Top 10

I learned a lot about being thankful back in the day with Werner Erhard. Acknowledging how great my life already is instead of waiting for it to turn out has given me many happy, satisfied years. Like many of you, I have been getting a lot of bad financial news lately. Fortunately, I still have much … [Read more...]

How a Blog Can Be a Birthday Gift

I have a tradition of celebrating birthdays for a week. I believe birthdays are a good reason for being showered in small indulgences. Being single never stopped me from having a full Birthday Week. It helps that I am not shy. One of my best birthday week nights when I was single was at my … [Read more...]

Welcome Prosperity Celebration 888

The Olympics starts on August 8th at 8PM for a reason. August 8th 2008 is an auspicious date. In Chinese, the number 8 is pronounced "fa" or "ba" (depending on the dialect) which means prosperity. As James Fallows noted in the Atlantic Monthly a year ago, many Chinese couples have been planning … [Read more...]

What Will You Do On Leap Day?

February 29 was declared a day when women could propose to men (made famous by cartoonist Al Capp in 1937 as Sadie Hawkins Day) back when that was a big deal. Such a concept is gratefully no longer relevant. But in that spirit, it is a nice idea to give ourselves permission to reach out with … [Read more...]


I will be in the Singelringen booth at Accessories, The Show in Las Vegas greeting everyone with a "Happy Valentine's Day." I will be distributing as many hugs as possible. Please let me wish all of you a Happy Valentine's Day and express my most sincere appreciation for coming to my blog. Please … [Read more...]

No Global Definition of Valentines Day

You may not realize that February 14th is not celebrated universally in the same way. My friend on Twitter Shashi Bellamkonda explains that he had not even heard of Valentines Day before he arrived in America 11 years ago. In Japan, February 14th has been successfully commercialized as the day … [Read more...]