Saturday, June 30, 2012

Market Totes And Checkout 'Knockouts'
I was truly surprised and disappointed at the New York Times for publishing Jane Herman's article on the prices of ‘market totes’ and ‘checkout knockouts’ that cost from $32.00 to $495.00 (!!!) with $68.00 and $195.00 in between?!  NY Times 6/3/2012, http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE2DC1731F930A35755C0A9649D8B63 Is she with ‘the Times’ (pardon the pun) or out of synch with today’s real world?! Perhaps Ms. Herman only keeps wealthy (still) friends?

Attached is the photograph I took of 3 gorgeous and huge (14” x 16 ½”), bright/splash-colored totes of fruits and olives that are also sturdy/waterproof (I used it in the rain!) and cost me a ‘whooping’ 0.96 (96 cents euro) EACH!!! I bought these at the Spanish department store chain, El Corte Ingl├ęs, http://www.elcorteingles.es/ in Spain when I was there this May.

Another wonderful PLUS – it became my consolidated ‘1-piece carry-on’ (fit my messenger bag, full size/frame Nikon camera and camera bag, snacks, book, etc.) for boarding flights that now only allow 2 piece carry-on’s! I also took my travel group to buy them and they’re eternally grateful for the “cheapest, best quality and most popular/practical ‘souvenir’ for friends and family!”

I offered the NY Times that I'll be happy to send in and submit write-ups of more truly 'priceless' treasures to share with the paper and its readers but haven't heard back.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Nora Ephron - a rich and creative life


Ms. Nora Ephron at Seattle Arts & Lectures, 11/18/2010, to promote her book, I Remember Nothing.
 
My floral arrangement for the occasion: red roses, white callas, NW cedar and holly.
I was sad to hear Nora Ephron's passing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nora_Ephron) this morning on NPR after driving my daughter to work in Atlanta. I had the honor of making the floral arrangement when she spoke at Seattle Arts & Lectures 11/18/2010 (www.lectures.org/). By sheer coincidence my daughter was just asking in the car why I haven't started to write yet; I will now after listening to Nora Ephron's recorded voice of not to wait and regret it ...  The floral arrangement I made for Ms. Ephron consisted of red roses and white calla lilies with Northwest cedar and holly. By mere coincidence the NY Times profiled her in the following Sunday's View section with photos of her in her apartment and guess what was on the table? A bouquet of roses ...