New Quarantine Addictions

13 May

So now that we all have sheltered in place. What are your NEW quarantine addictions? If you always had a happy hour, please don’t list it. Please share something new. So here are some of my new habits — the good, bad and the ugly!

  1. Online gaming– Not gambling yet. But I love the apps Canasta Junction and Real Mah Jongg. Seriously, I can play for hours and with friends or even strangers.
  2. Baking — I’ve tried recipes I have never attempted before. Without bragging, I’m getting quite good.
  3. Yoga pants — I’m not sure I have worn anything else in 2 months. I’m frightened to put on pants with a waist and a button. Yikes!!
  4. Organizing — I’m going through old photos from my parents and grandparents, rearranging drawers and yes more cleaning.
  5. Hoarding– I want to hoard paper towels, Kleenex, wipes, toilet paper. But I can’t find enough. And since I know it’s wrong I will not. But, I have an urge because it’s in short supply.

So please share your newly developed addictions. Let’s all hope we won’t keep them.

 

Cartoon by Adrienne Hedger

My Al Kaline Moment

9 Apr

When I was editor of Style magazine (no longer published), our team picked 20 iconic Detroit Stylemakers for the 20th anniversary issue.

I had the opportunity to interview Al Kaline in 2005. He chose Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers. We met in the stands, while the team practiced. He was nice, gracious and humble. He talked about how much he loved baseball and the Detroit Tigers. In 2005, he was the special assistant to Dave Dombroski, then president of the Detroit Tigers.

But in his opinion, his proudest accomplishment was not his baseball prowess — it was being married 50 years to his high school sweetheart. We both teared up when he said it.

The photo above is a picture from the magazine.

What a special baseball player and special person!  RIP no. 6.

 

Photography by Glenn Triest.

Meet the Good Book Fairy

5 Mar

Did you know there is a book fairy? I met her the other day when she spoke at the Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens. Her name is Lauren Margolin (left), and she has a fabulous blog www.goodfairybook.com where she shares her love for books and book clubs.

She gave some great advice for book clubs. Here are some of her tips: Choose books two to three months out, mix genres and locations in books, have the facilitator gather info on the internet, pull some good quotes from the book for discussion, coordinate the food and drink to match the book’s locale, meet at a bookstore for a change, authors love to be contacted and perhaps you can set up a Skype interview.

Then she listed several great book club choices in her presentation, which she gives all over the country.

Killer of the Flower Moon by David Grann; Educated by Tara Westover; Limelight by Amy Poeppel; Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran; The Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See; Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens,;Moloka’i by Alan Brennert; Harry Potter by J.k. Rowling; The Kite Runner by Khaled Kosseini; Before we were Yours by Lisa Wingate; Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors; Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross; The Rent Collector by Camron Wright; Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick; Close Range by Annie Proulx; The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J.Ryan Stradal; The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristen Harmel; The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris; Midnight of Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew T. Sullivan; The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin; Hum if you Don’t know the Words by Bianca Marais, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood; The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.

 

Please go to her blog that is filled with information for book lovers. You can click here.

What is your book club reading?

Shameful Stuff

2 Mar

In the last week, I have heard two excellent speakers talk about sex trafficking — one is an internationally recognized attorney and the other is a best selling author.

The attorney is Lauren Hersh who is the founder and national director of World Without Exploitation, the national coalition to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation. She spoke to a group of men and women at a NCJW luncheon in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In addition to being a lawyer, she is an activist and educator on combating violence against women and girls. It was so scary to hear her talk about young women being recruited via social media especially on Instagram.

At the next Palm Beach Gardens event, Conversations with Jewish Women Authors, I heard Talia Carner (photo below), author of The Third Daughter. The Third Daughter is a historical fiction novel exposing a shameful secret about the trafficking of young Jewish women from Russia to Argentina in the late nineteenth century. Men would pose as wealthy grooms promising to give a prospective young bride a better life in America. The new husband would then enslave her into a life of prostitution.  According to Carner, this true, ugly scheme operated for more than seventy years with impunity. When Carner was doing research in Argentina, suddenly people would stop talking when she mentioned the historical facts of sex trafficking in the Jewish community. When asked about the evolution of the book, Carner replied, “I could not not write the book.”

I am proud to be a member of JWF,of the Greater Palm Beaches, where we work to advance the status of women and girls in the US and Israel through strategic grantmaking, advocacy and education, and leadership development programs to create long lasting social change.

Fashionably Modest

21 Jan

Ladies in Leadership of the Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens hosted a fashion show and champagne brunch at Bloomingdales. New York fashion influencer Adi Heyman (right) attended the event and conversed with the audience during a question and answer session led by Rebbetzin (Rabbi’s wife) Chana Vigler. Heyman is a modern Orthodox Jewish woman known for her fashion forward style and how she embraces dressing modestly to honor her faith. Heyman’s fashions are in sync with a Jewish lens.

Vigler explained that covering elbows and knees are not necessarily modest but fashionable. All the runway looks exhibited that theme.  Trends included flowing skirts and leather jackets.

Vigler also stressed how empowering these fashions can be. “Women are so much more than their bodies.”

Perfectly Pink

13 Jan

It was an amazing evening at the Breakers in Palm Beach this past weekend to benefit the Promise Fund.  Every guest who attended the benefit received an autographed copy of The Queen of Soul by my friend Linda Solomon (top right, with husband Barry). Of course, if you are a Motowner, you know there is only one queen of soul — Aretha Franklin.

The weekend started out with a live radio show from Florida with broadcaster Michael Patrick Shiels, host of Michigan’s Big Show, interviewing Linda and Promise Fund founder Nancy Brinker. The Promise Fund, founded by Nancy Brinker, Detroiter Julie Fisher Cummings and Laurie Silvers, works to eliminate barriers to quality healthcare for Palm Beach County neighbors to save lives due to late stage breast cancer and cervical cancers. It was announced at the event that a hologic (3D) mammography machine with be housed at FoundCare, a non-profit federally qualified health care center, where thousands of women come for primary care.

Many of the attendees attended wore pink including myself (lower right).

Thanks to AutoNation Cadillac, West Palm Beach, for donating books. Kudos to all the supporters!

Chanukah Page Turners

12 Dec

I just published an article on books for the entire family for the  gift guide in the Detroit Jewish News. I’ve included some adorable children’s book as well as books for parents, grandparents and a surprise pop-up book for the entire family. Enjoy!

Here’s the link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love is Complicated

5 Dec

Film producer Marra B. Gad wrote the poignant book The Color of Love, a story of a mixed-race Jewish girl. It’s a powerful memoir chronicling the racial injustice growing up and how one family handles it. A crazy aunt, among others, creates havoc in a loving, Jewish family.

Gad’s prose and poise wowed the crowd at Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens Florida recently where I and Penny Beers (left) co-chaired the Mandel JCC’s “Celebrating Sisterhood Author Event.”

Spoiler alert: Love wins!

 

Couture Celebration

27 Nov

Detroiter Sandy Schreier can’t remember a time when she did not love fashion. She collected couture as a toddler, and in her teen years she drove to the tony,  auto magnate Detroit suburbs of Bloomfield Hills and Grosse Pointe.

For Schreier, fashion is not clothing — it’s art. And the experts agree. As part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s (MET) Collections Initiative celebrating the museum’s 150th anniversary, “In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection” will be on view Nov. 27-May 17.

According to the MET website, “The Costume Institute’s fall 2019 exhibition will feature promised gifts from Sandy Schreier, a pioneering collector, who over the course of more than half a century assembled one of the finest private fashion collections in the United States.”

There are some wonderful articles about the exhibit including the one in the New York Times by Vanessa Friedman and the one by a former colleague, Suzanne Chessler, in the Detroit Jewish News.

I was lucky to interview Schreier several years ago, and view her fabulous collection. She’s a walking encyclopedia of couture. In an article I wrote, I believe I called her a local treasure. Well, let’s amend that. She’s an international treasure.

Photo of Isaac Mizrahi and Sandy Schreier

I Spy

15 Nov

 

 

The Mandel JCC of Palm Beaches kicked off their book festival with best-selling author Pam Jenoff (right). Jenoff spoke about her life abroad as a junior diplomat in Krakow, Poland and segued into her newest book The Lost Girls of Paris.

Jenoff was just as engaging as her book about women secret agents during World War II. Let me share the opening teaser: A woman in Grand Central Station finds a suitcase of a dozen photographs. She takes the suitcase and becomes obsessed with finding out the truth about the women.

Don’t you love books about powerful, intelligent women?

 

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