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Giving Thanks and Other Games

This was our third annual hosting of Thanksgiving with friends (second in Garrison).  It's such a wonderful thing to do, and enjoy;  Spending the holidays with friends.  After I moved away for college and worked my way to the West Coast, my thanksgivings were split each year between my father in California, or going to Virginia to see my mom. When she moved to Germany for 3 years, it was either spend it with father, if he was in town, or quite often spent with a friend and her family.
    As quite often predicted, those dinners can be fun, but awkward. Being a stranger at someone's table presents interesting opportunities...  questions.  Things to be answered or quietly redirected.  Usually the color of my hair was a hot topic.  These were good times and bad.
   When I moved to New York with my german boyfriend, I started to do Thanksgivings with my Manhattan friends.  Not a unique thing for young manhattanites.  These are usually a group of 20something couples and singles …

The Ladies' Night Out with Lady Rizo Unescorted at Joe's Pub

I don't know if this ever happens to you... but it does happen to me... sometimes. I get invited to an event, or show, and I don't know anything about it. I assume it's one thing, and it turns out to be completely something else.

Well that's what Friday night was for me. I expected some Mediocre burlesque show that involved torchlight songs to a lonely audience. Part of the problem was, I'd never been to Joe's Pub, even after 18 years living here. Shit, has it been that long already? Yes, actually, I moved here the day after halloween of 1992. Oh.. I digress. The other problem is I didn't bother to look into who Lady Rizo was. But in retrospect, I'm glad I didn't. Because the surprise of seeing someone so absolutely engaging, fabulous, talented and charismatic as this, was better to be experienced than explained.

So without further ado, I bring you Lady Rizo!





There were many costume changes...



And a little gaga thrown in...




Thankfull…

Devious Daughters of West Point...

Well, I guess you could say, I'm a devious daughter of West Point.   My father went there, and graduated in '54, with honors, and at the top of his class.  That little bit of information, explains a lot about me. Why I'm a fuck up in school, and why I'm incredibly anal and technical.
From a very, very early age, I wanted to be a soldier and I spent many hours in front of a mirror with dad's military hats pretending.  I'd stuff my white button down shirt with tissue, so I could be the ann margaret of cadets, and stuff my long stringy blond hair up into the military cap.  I'd throw on some of my dad's funny 70's glasses, and cock my hip out to the side, pretending I had such things as hips, and put my hand in salute.  Aye aye, sir!
But I never really considered the whole picture. To me it was about dressing up. Playing with the boys.  Being tough, but feminine.   It wasn't until I was about 15, when we moved back east from our ideal west coast life,…

I Wanna be Where the Boys Are... and kick butt!

I've been meaning to publish this post for quite a while. Really, right after I saw the movie about the Runaways. But for one reason or another, I kept delaying it.
Maybe because, I felt... jealous. How do I explain this?

Well, I was listening to the Runaways when I was a kid.. when they were playing live. I didn't know how cool or interesting they were... I just knew I loved their songs. I gleefully watched Suzi Quatro on Happy Days when she played Leather Tuscadero. Leather was the younger sister of Fonzie's girlfriend, hot-rod driver Pinky Tuscadero. I just thought she was the coolest. Laying there on my stomach, with my chin resting in my hands, elbows propping me up. I absorbed her swagger, her clothes, her attitude. Little did I know, that Quatro was vital to Joan's career, and Joan adopted many of Suzi's qualities including her shag haircut and style. But I recognized that they had the same style. Not knowing that who influenced who. Or f…

An Evening at the Spa with Tata Harper, Hosted by Tina Bech Lipman

Last Thursday Victoria, Rikke, and I headed to our friend Tina's Tribeca loft for a party she was hosting for Tata Harper, a friend of hers who does natural beauty products.


Basically, that's all I knew; a great excuse to get gussied up and go out!  (Even if we had to bring the kids with us, for lack of sitters.)  However,  so as not to appear clueless, I did some fast research beforehand.  I also wanted to know a bit about the products.  Everything I read was positive and fantastic.   A Vermont based skin care line that uses 100% Natural and Non-Toxic ingredients?  Terrific!   All from her own farm, in Vermont!  Tata felt compelled to offer woman safe, 100% natural products that at the same time lift your spirits as well as your skin.   There are no Parabens, no sulfates, and no pthalates.... whatever that is. But whatever it is, I don't want it on my face.  All the products are made and distributed from Julius Kingdom Farm in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.

So, now that…