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Persian Lit: A Personal Post

20 Oct

Yes, this is a personal note. The author of this book, published by the University of Edinburgh Press, is my son Kevin Schwartz, an Iranian Scholar. You many think that Persian literature is indigenous to Iran, but it has far reaching tentacles. From the Balkans to the Bay of Bengal and crossing the continents to South Asia, Persian literature is prevalent. This scholarly book explores trends in literary culture of the the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Even the war ballads of the first Anglo-Afghan War in oral and written forms are part of Persian Literature. Other cross cultural connections are revealed in Remapping Persian Literary History, 1700-1900.

If you are interested in this topic, this book can be purchased on Amazon or through the University of Edinburgh here.
https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-remapping-persian-literary-history-1700-1900.html

 (You can use the code NEW30 to get a 30 percent discount,)

For more information about Kevin Schwartz, please visit his website https://www.kevinschwartz.org/

Yep, I’m proud.

Covid Consumerism

18 Sep

Now, that some people are venturing out, I’m interested in your shopping habits during these unusual times. Here are my purchases: food, puzzles, comfy clothes (yoga pants, etc.), two new sofas, new towels, hand lotion and face cream. And, yes, MASKS!

I’ve ventured to the local mall, just to feel normal.  It’s not busy, but at least I saw some people with shopping bags. We have a new store Amazon 4, which I will write about in a future post. So, do you have any purchases lately? Please share.

One of my favorite blogs is Lark & Linen.  Here are some of Lark & Linen’s cozy picks. Please click here for a description.

 

Cartoon by Adrienne Hedger

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?

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.”

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

 

The Terminator and Me

29 Aug

You never know who you might meet at the mall. I just met the Terminator. No, not Arnold Schwarzenegger — Jeff Reardon, a baseball legend. Reardon played in Major League Baseball from 1979-1994 for many teams including the New York Mets and Yankees, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox. According to Wikipedia, “Jeff Reardon was nicknamed The Terminator for his intimidating presence on the mound and his 98 mph fastball.” I met him at the mall post office where he was mailing out a baseball.

If you are a Terminator movie star fan, don’t worry. Terminator: Dark Fate with Arnold will be released this November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon”

8 Aug

My friend Carolyn Krieger, a public relations maven and owner of CKC Agency in Farmington Hills, Mich., moved to a lake house after her divorce.

Carolyn is all about bright colors — her fashions and her decor. So it was no surprise that she opted to furnish her home in vibrant hues. The colors just pop!

Krieger shopped locally at Art Van and Leon and Lulu for the exhilarating look.

Writer Jeanine Matlow captured her story in an article in the Detroit News here, with photos by David Guralnick. Krieger describes how the home helped her transition to the next chapter in her life.

A blanket with the message: “Live by the sun, Love by the moon” was a housewarming gift from Fox 2 news anchor Monica Gayle, our mutual friend.

This home just makes me smile!

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