Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Tips on How to Make the Best Ice For a Prettier, Better-Tasting Cocktail


Just saying the word “ice” is cooling, crunching, crackling, isn’t it? 

It’s a kind of sound symbolism or onomatopoeia ~ or at the least a phanopoeia! 

The snap, or ting, ting, ting of the ice dropping and hitting the inside of a glass is our aural cue that a happy hour is about to launch.

But ice ~ good ice worthy of a good cocktail, that is ~ appeals to more of our sense of sound. There is their sight and taste, too.

Ice is an artful, sensual ingredient in your cocktail confections. 🧊🍸

Here’s how to shake up memorable mixology:  

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

A Silver & Gold Holiday Tablescape to Give Thanks For, Day & Night


If Thanksgiving’s gray November skies make you think of gloomy, think again when setting your table. Gray is a classic color theme to add elegance to your tablescape ~ a perfect canvas or backdrop for adding gold and silver elements to shine both day and night.

Here’s how I layered the glittering look:

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Sneak Peek: New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show® Brings Back the GLOW & Magic: How to Plan Your Visit


In the town so nice, they named it twice, it’s only fitting that there are no less than two Holiday shows at the New York Botanical Garden.

NYBG's Holiday Train Show® returns for its 32nd Year, with more model trains and an all-new outdoor display.

Night and Day: The incomparable show “leaves the station” Saturday, November 18, 2023. 

I suggest you get there as soon as you can. And you may want a return trip. Or two! 

Plus, there's the NYBG outdoor Light Experience, GLOW to dazzle your senses, galore, Friday, 11/17.

Here's what the magic is all about:

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

One Woman's Personal Journey to Find Happiness & Love After the Deaths of her Son & Husband - Six Months Apart


This is a touchy subject.  Death almost always is… While we may intellectualize the unwelcome fact of it and recognize that it will happen to all of us and those we love, it’s also true that we are never, or rarely, prepared for it.  Especially when it strikes at your heart twice. Within six months of one another. 

My recent Ladies Who Lunch Conversations guest, Susan S. Warner, got the one-two, gut-wrenching punch of losing her son and, while still reeling; whipsawed when her husband died shortly thereafter. 

To help herself and others heal, Susan has written a tender, heartfelt, intimate book about her journey from the depths of despairing grief to one of hope and love. 

It’s more than thoughts and prayers…