Sunday Stories

A cold, rainy Saturday was the perfect time to read this classic for the first time.  I also watched the brilliant, stylish Kenneth Branagh movie on my flight home on Friday night.  Loved both the book and movie!


“The Americans” final season coming next month.  Will miss it when it wraps, but that agree six seasons is about as long as even the best series can go.

A new rule of New York City real estate: “When the designer pups arrive, rising home prices may not be far behind.”

Having started my business after age 35, some good food for thought here.

Baking these this weekend.

Now that I reflexively write in APA style for graduate work, I am firmly in the “pro” camp on the Oxford comma

More than once, I have refrained from buying a handbag or other item because it has a logo on it.  Your thoughts?

Have a lovely week!

Happy Holidays from NYC!

Since I get into the Christmas spirit well before Halloween costumes go on sale, I love that by the day after Thanksgiving, most of the country is draped in festive trees and holiday bling. 

As magical as New York is at Christmas, the Monday after Thanksgiving always marks the beginning of several weeks of busy travel.  So, for the next few weeks, I'll share thoughts about the season and, of course, festive trees that I spot in airports, TV studios, and other places around the country.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from New York City!


A Very Merry Halloween

Each Halloween, we love hosting trick-or-treaters at our apartment.

The way it works in our Upper East Side apartment building is that residents sign up at the front desk to let them know that trick-or-treaters are welcome.  A list is then distributed to families, and children who live in the building (and a few friends) come by.  The later it gets in the evening, the older - and louder - the visitors get. 

If you come by, we always give out the good stuff - things like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  Kit Kats.  Snickers.  Our next door neighbor does, too, so people always leave our floor feeling very happy and looking like they just won the lottery.


The tiniest princesses and superheroes come by with their parents early in the evening.  While I ooh and ahh about how adorable they are and admire their costumes, the parents often look warily over my shoulder.  Not because there are any ghosts and goblins here - or because Scott looks scary - but because our Christmas tree is usually up.

That looks pretty scary to some people, I know.  But decorating early gives me time to enjoy the lights on the tree, since I am out traveling on TV tour most of November and December.

Early Christmas trees notwithstanding, that doesn't stop us from also decorating a bit for Halloween.  I load up on tiny pumpkins and gourds as soon as they appear in September, and keep bowls of them around to decorate through Thanksgiving.

Here are a few ideas I am sharing on behalf of several companies on Halloween TV segments this month.  There is no reason kids should have all of the fun on Halloween, and it's easy and affordable to stock up for a grown-up gathering!

Skeleton and coffin candy dishes, and a spider lace table runner, from Target's Hyde and Eek collection.

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Exclusive candies from Target.  Noticing the peanut butter theme here?

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That chocolate is a nice match for the smooth finish of Hob Nob's Wicked Red or Wicked Chardonnay

For a refreshing, low alcohol beer, Schofferhofer Grapefruit even fits in with the Halloween decor!


I don't need a holiday to brew up a cup of piping hot Pumpkin Spice Coffee or Hot Cocoa on my Keurig.

Who says flowers are just for Valentine's Day and Mother's Day?  Love these arrangements from Teleflora!

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When do you put up your holiday tree? 



* Product photos courtesy of featured companies.

Sunday Stories

This Sunday Stories feature has been on a bit of an unplanned summer hiatus.  Between being on the road for work most of the summer, and hitting the books for my own graduate classes each and every day, I've fallen a bit behind on this.

As summer vacation for most people winds down - and I have a week before fall media tours and classes begin again - Sunday Stories returns this week, and hopefully for many more Sundays to come.  Instead of focusing exclusively on stories from the last week, here are a few highlights from the last couple of months.

Alley outside Brattle Book Shop, West Street, Downtown Boston.

Alley outside Brattle Book Shop, West Street, Downtown Boston.

Do your reading habits change with the seasons?  I don't think mine depend so much on the season as much as what I need to focus on for work and school.

Books are also top of mind for colleges that distribute summer reading lists to their students.  Here are the most popular books that appeared on those lists this summer.

Did you take a summer vacation?  Scotland is high on the list of places Scott and I want to go.  If this post from Aspiring Kennedy doesn't make you want to drop everything and trek to the Isle of Skye this very minute, I don't know what will.

Srsly?  I don't know one person who will hire you if you do this.

Lemon desserts are my fave, and my mom's lemon bar recipe is one of my favorites.  But this one looks like it will become a new addition to my recipe collection.

If you blinked, you missed The Spotted Cheetah - a Cheetos pop-up restaurant.  Because we all need to eat more junk food, right?

Your guide to popular places to Instagram from in New York City.  You're welcome..

Apparently, I am not the only person who tries to figure out the floor plans of fictitious homes and offices on movies and TV shows.

Finally, you can definitely count me in the category of people who just love it when autumn rolls around.

Have a lovely week!


It Was 20 Years Ago Today

Growing up in Missouri, I always knew I wanted to move to New York City - even though I had never been here, and my vision of the city was entirely formed by fashion magazines, TV shows, and Woody Allen movies.

Twenty years ago today, I finally moved here.  Each August 30, I celebrate my "New Yorkiversary."  Many New York transplants celebrate their date of moving here; just Bing or Google the term!  I would say that I bought a one-way ticket here, but my work frequently takes me elsewhere.  Even after 20 years, though, I am still excited to see the Manhattan skyline when flying out or returning home.