Tag: UK

Ode to the Power of The Fingers

Recently while at a jewelry auction, a lady standing nearby exclaimed, “I would NEVER wear ANYTHING on my ring finger,” while indicating her left ring finger.  It struck me as a rather emotional response to a seemingly innocent gesture by a salesclerk.  I know of course, that many ladies consider it bad luck to wear

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I Don’t Get It Danny Boyle!

The Summer Olympics are here again and every four years I look forward to watching my favorite Olympic sports; swimming, gymnastics and track and field. But before the athletes begin competing, the games officially opened in London with a spectacle, which I could at best call a carnival or parade of random people moving about

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Blood Diamond Jubilee

Yes, it’s time once again for me to sharpen my claws on the British royal family. The queen’s celebration of the 60th year she has been allowed to keep her “job,” has once again prompted me to comment on the amazing audacity of the British royal family, and to wonder why, oh, why does the

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Final Farewell

My mother's Day card from my son Samuel

Yesterday, moms in America were honored by the celebration of Mother’s Day, a holiday established by Anna Jarvis in 1912. What I love about this holiday is that it celebrates the significance of mothers and their contribution to a strong family unit. Women all over the country were celebrated and honored by their families. On

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India…here I come!

There’s a reason I’ve been so quiet—I’ve been getting ready for an adventure.  I’m leaving this week for a 35 day trip to India.  While I have been to India before, I’ve never been on a trip such as this one.  I’ll begin with a few days in Mumbai, then south to Pune for four

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Why I will Not be Watching Will and Kate Tie the Knot

In just about six days, the world will experience a royally induced economic blip, because every television channel will be tuned into the royal wedding. The sponsors of channels that will not be carrying the wedding will shell out millions for unwatched television ads. Shoppers will not be spending money in malls or grocery stores.

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The Vain Vegan

My mother did much of her schooling in the UK and taught me excellent etiquette. Good manners are disappearing faster than Ted Danson’s hairline, but even so I have taught my sons to write (not email!) but—write-using-pen-and-paper-envelope-with-address-and-stamp, thank you cards for each and every present, bring a hostess gift when going to a dinner or

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EU ♥ Obama!

When President Obama made his tour of Europe soon after his election, he was greeted with open arms, cheers, welcoming placards, parades and smiling children.  For many Americans it was a relief to gain favor in the eyes of our European neighbors. The election of President Obama, agree or disagree with his political agenda, was

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