Yet another author found me on linked in and we connected and exchanged books.

I have met more interesting people in the past 6 months since I published my book!  The author of this book, Sylvie Heyman comes from my hometown and we share a lot in common.  So, here is to another fringe benefit of publishing!

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Publishing brings unexpected benefits…

I “met” author of Bandstand Diaries, Sharon Sultan Cutler, on linked-in.  We were on the phone for an hour and found out we have much in common.  If you have any BANDSTAND fans, check out her book which is loaded with photos.  Of course we exchanged books!

Four more just sold…

This book is an easy read but makes you think.  Please take it with you to the beach or pool or consider giving as a gift.  My book goes great with summer.

I talked stocks to my 6 year old grandson!

I watch Jim Cramer whenever I can and I listen to him.  I do not buy stocks based on his recommendations BUT I listen to his advice.  I am a teacher, like him.  He tells us to get kids interested in stocks at an early age.  And the way to do it is by asking them what products they know and like.  Well,  after a sloppy explanation of what a stock is, and even I cannot wrap my head around what a stock actually is, I asked my grandson if he would be interested in the Walt Disney Company.  He said he did not like Frozen, so he would pass on that hypothetical stock.  But then he said he would like Netflix.  Now why didn’t I ask him 2 years ago, when Netflix was still affordable?  Then he thought:  What about a company that makes…you guessed it:  CHOCOLATE?

Wayne Thiebaud is my grandson’s favorite artist so…

I watch Jim Cramer whenever I can and I listen to him.  I do not buy stocks based on his recommendations BUT I listen to his advice.  I am a teacher, like him.  He tells us to get kids interested in stocks at an early age.  And the way to do it is by asking them what products they know and like.  Well,  after a sloppy explanation of what a stock is, and even I cannot wrap my head around what a stock actually is, I asked my grandson if he would be interested in the Walt Disney Company.  He said he did not like Frozen, so he would pass on that hypothetical stock.  But then he said he would like Netflix.  Now why didn’t I ask him 2 years ago, when Netflix was still affordable?  Then he thought:  What about a company that makes…you guessed it:  CHOCOLATE?

This is the Garden – page 98 in my book RAGING AGAINST AGING

I started this perennial garden in 2002 – the summer after 9/11.  Sixteen years later – and this is what it looks like.  This is the first time that ALL THE FLOWERS BLOOMED SIMULTANEOUSLY.  I call it my Garden Symphony!

THIS IS MY GRANDSON’S FAVORITE ARTIST! And you can figure out why!

My grandson is learning about Wayne Thiebaud IN KINDERGARTEN!  I found an exhibit of Wayne Thiebaud’s work at the Morgan Museum at the Morgan Library so I took my grandson in to the city to see the originals.  Of course we had to head to the cafe after going through the exhibit twice, and of course , we had to eat dessert first!  My grandson got the milkshake complete with whipped cream and I ordered the sorbet.  

IF the Morgan Library was less stuffy, they might have considered calling their desserts the Wayne Thiebaud specials.  That would have lightened the mood and connected the cafe to the exhibit.  

They also had a Medieval Monsters exhibit, that unfortunately was closed to the public when we happened to be there.  Wouldn’t a Medieval Monster Costume Ball in the cafe be a fun thing to offer?  Wouldn’t that lighten the mood, make the museum more inviting and fun?  In fact, the Medieval Monsters remind me of Maurice Sendak’s  Where the Wild Things Are.  Wouldn’t that have been a blast to have his illustrations on exhibit at the same time?