I like this article because the author Sarah Ruhl points out how friendships rarely get written about because of their very nature - they are calm and loving and can last for years. No drama. And yet, friendships are what sustains many of us. They are my oxygen. I adore them. Friends are for life, not just for Christmas. I always feel better after a good meal or a long walk chatting with my closest girlfriends. We cover life’s essentials and nonessentials. It’s effortless. Conversely I remember a boyfriend where there was always drama. He excelled at playing hard to get, a quality I have no patience for in a girlfriend. And now that I am older and wiser, I have no patience for it in a boyfriend. Maybe that’s the secret to romance, ask first whether you would want that person as a friend. Are they reliable, funny, smart, curious, compassionate, and sensitive? Are they good listeners, interesting talkers? And only when they have passed the rigorous friend test, only then can you ask whether you are attracted to them. https://nyti.ms/2EcAQtR ... See more
What my student taught me about one of life’s most important relationships.
If you had to single out your favourite hormone, which would it be? Why? Randi Hutter Epstein Author #Aroused #hormones http://bit.ly/ElenaAroused
I am not a science person. It was always my worst subject at school. Even the easy classes were hard. So it was with a slight unease that I picked up my friend Randi Hutter Epstein’s latest book, Aroused, the History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything. Fortunately, Randi is a g...
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Nina Campbell who was not only an Annabel’s devotee, but helped decorate the illustrious club with its talented owner, the late Mark Birley. Nina had wonderful stories to tell. Annabel's Mayfair Nina Campbell http://bit.ly/2Al9YUT
Everything—from the iconic Bodhisattva to a porcelain urinal—must go.
Who doesn’t love Michelle Obama? After reading this article in the Washington Post (see below) about her touching and honest memoir, Becoming, I love her even more. Sadly, she has no political ambitions. In her memoir, Obama talks about everything from her deep love for her disabled father who died in 1991to the racist slurs she had to endure as First Lady. When called “an angry black women”, she writes how she wanted to ask her detractors, which word mattered to them the most. Is it ‘angry’ or ‘black’ or ‘woman’? Points that struck me in the book: how important our childhoods are in shaping us - about a third of the book is devoted to Obama's family, her disabled father, her parents' ambitions and love for their kids growing up in a cramped apartment in 1960’s South Side Chicago. She always knew she was loved and that gave her the confidence to believe in herself when others didn’t. When her high school counsellor advised her not to apply to Princeton, where her brother already was a student, she ignored him, applied and was accepted. She is funny about her husband. When she first met him she was struck by how he was “oddly free from doubt, though at first glance it was hard to understand why.” She also writes about how while deeply in love with the man who would become her husband she also worried early on in the relationship that his strong intellect and ambition could swallow hers. In Becoming, Obama openly discusses the strains in their marriage - when she and her husband had difficulty conceiving and he was gone a lot on the campaign trail. She writes that she was “a working full-time mother with a half-time spouse.’ Not wanting her kids to think life started when Dad got home. “We didn’t wait for Dad. It was his job now to catch up with us.” Obama writes about struggles that many women have, whether they are black or not. “When they go low, we go high.” She is one dignified lady. https://wapo.st/2PkOxgU ... See more
The former first lady doesn’t tiptoe around the ugly stuff in “Becoming.”
One of the nice things about my move to the States is reconnecting with old friends... Hardylon Explore Washington CT Freehand New York Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors http://bit.ly/2PqvdPH
One of the nice things about my move to the States is reconnecting with old friends. Take Anne Hardy. Anne lived in London in the nineties where she was the Decorating Editor for British House & Garden. We met at a baby group. Those babies are now 26. In the early naughts, Anne moved back...
I don't often post humour, but sometimes people need to laugh. Beats crying. What Donald Trump Really Said At NATO #donaldtrump #nato #TuesdayThoughts #GoVote https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1weSwmEs18
The panel provide the voices for some footage of the Trumps Catch up now on the ITV hub. The next episode will be live Sunday at 10:05pm on ITV and ITV hub. ...
A Year Later... - Elena Bowes http://bit.ly/a-year-later Shomit Mitter Equinox Bed Bath & Beyond The Womens Room Columbia Journalism School
It’s been just over a year since I moved from London to Manhattan. Death, divorce and moving – life’s big stresses. I’ve experienced all three and with each, time is the great healer. Things that jarred me a year ago in NYC – the constant crowds and the noise, not to mention my eternal que...
Luckily for me, London Art Studies founder Kate Gordon answered my prayers with an online site which is both informative and entertaining. If you can’t beam yourself up to Vienna, Paris, London or any major European capital for that matter, LAS’s videos are the next best thing to being there. http://bit.ly/2J68zpn
When I lived in London full-time I used to love going to London Art Studies’ monthly talks about upcoming exhibitions. The speakers not only were experts in their field, but more importantly,…
The other night I went to a silent auction fundraiser at The Drawing Center in Soho, New York. In this world of big, brazen mega-galleries I loved the intimacy and modesty of the space - one room to view a selection of lovely, disparate, high-quality drawings, many donated by the artists. I ended up taking home a meticulously crafted pencil drawing of a Ford LTD by Robert Davis. Laura Hoptman, ex-curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, has just started as the new director of the space, replacing Brett Littman who now runs The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens, two New York gems I want to learn more about. Photo from left - Me, Erika Scully, Cristina Vere Nicoll & Mary Howard from David Zwirner Gallery. ... See more