Yay! A Brand New Year: 2020


“New Year’s Day.

A fresh start.

A new chapter in life waiting to be written.

New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved.

Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery.

Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand.

Only dreams give birth to change.”

Sarah Ban Breathnach


“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Too much Zip in Zappos? Bah, humbug!


Dear Zappos,

Don’t drown me in “Cute” All I want for Christmas is an Answer.

Bah humbug to waiting 35 minutes on hold with Zapposanimal-17474__180-2

Penning a quick email should warrant a quick response, no?

No!  Here is the lengthy, (edited to protect the innocent) ad nauseam, response:

Thank you for contacting the Zappos Customer Loyalty Team. My name is Supergirl…… er I mean Tiffany, and I’d be happy to help you today!  Just don’t give away my secret identity!

I apologize for any inconvenience. Unfortunately, for your security, we cannot assist by email request unless you contact us from the email address this particular order is attached to. If you aren’t sure which email address it was or you no longer have access to it, please contact us by phone .... ( Insert: a Big Ho! Ho! Ho! You’ll be on HOld for 30+ minutes here) 

etc. etc .etc.       I’m off to help Clark in Metropolis.. well actually Las Vegas! Hope you have a SUPER day! Let us know if you need anymore help, we’re here 24/7.

Well, twas days before Christmas and I had an order- too much cute and too much inane and I go right to to the Dalai Lama for a touch of calm in the insanity

Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.

Dalai Lama

Oh! O, Canada – you rock!

We want to have –  the calibre of Cabinet – that Canada has, right?


What’s So Great About This Picture?   Everything!

Minister of Health is a doctor.
▪ Minister of Transport is an astronaut.
▪ Minister of National Defense is a Sikh Veteran.
▪ Minister of Youth is under the age of 45.
▪ Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is a former farmer.
▪ Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness was a Scout.
▪ Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development was a financial analyst.
Minister of Finance is a successful businessman.
▪ Minister of Justice was a crown prosecutor and is a First Nations leader.
Minister of Sport, and Persons with Disabilities is a visually impaired Paralympian.
▪ Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Coastguard is Inuit.
Minister of Science is a medical geographer with a PhD.
New titles include
Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees was an Immigration critic.

There are actual scientists in the cabinet, and it is made up of 50% women.


One girl’s story and rocky relationships…

You could see Pretty Pauline behind the Chanel Cosmetic counter at the famous department store four days a week.

A natural saleswoman, she knew the makeup line inside and out. She could dazzle you with statistics and awesome updates on the latest, best, “new” wonder product.

Every other month, she was on the phone calling her best clients – advising them of a new promotion and the sexy new Gift With Purchase. She seduced the ladies with pretty promises of saving them a “Special gift.”


Women are gaga for free cosmetics and samples. We love tiny little samples of lipsticks, eyeshadows and magical mythical potions to hold back the hands of time.

Pauline had developed a long list of fans. Somedays, it looked like she was holding court with her “work friends,” as she called them at home.

wine-openerShe was home from work at 5 pm. It took an hour to get home and she usually arrived tired and a little cranky. Her husband had several bottles of Chardonnay chilled in the downstairs bar, at all times.

To say Pretty Pauline morphed into Cranky Pauline is accurate.

She arrived home tired, spent and grumpy. The neighbors barking dog bugged her. Not being able to find parking in their cramped neighborhood was a problem – at least one night a week. They had an agreement, she would do all the grocery shopping if he would start dinner. Most nights he arrived home just before her and quickly put a pot of water on to boil and opened bag of lettuce and poured it in a bowl.


After her third glass of wine, she was bit like Elizabeth Taylor in”Who is Afraid of Virginia Wolf?”

Pretty Pauline evaporated into thin air. Moody and generally inconsolable was front and center.

Did the real Pauline show up?

Her husband tried. They tried marriage counseling. Nothing worked. He left. She moved to a studio near Santana Row. She started dating and, in the beginning, men loved Pretty Pauline.

Then, not so much. In time, with help,Pauline learned to “put her fangs back in” and to chill.


Bingo! My very favorite Christmas Carol

Merry Christmas! The Old Hawaiian Way.

Myammy! Moving in together at 50...

holiday resort in thailand

Mele Kalikimaka!

Ho, ho ho! Just like you, I like “Jingle Bells” “Silent Night,” “Frosty,” “Rudolph,” sung by Burl Ives,  Elvis’ “Blue Christmas,” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” but, I love “Mele Kalikimaka!”

  It is quite possibly the happiest-quirkiest-most unsung hero of the Christmas calvacade of songs.

Our family has six grass skirts stashed away – waiting for any opportunity to sing our very favorite Christmas carol.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, Bing Crosby got a bad rap-  for all those bad raps –  but, when the King of Croons stops to sing –  we slip into our neon grass skirts- get ready for Hula Hands- and belt out  the island greeting that we send to you…

 Aloha and Mahalo 

Mele Kalikimaka is the word to say
On a bright Hawaiian Christmas day
That’s the island greeting that we send to you
From the land where palm trees sway


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Chances:Millionaire Paul Ryan gets a clue?


The media is ablaze with stories about Millionaire Paul Ryan’s goal to murder Medicare

In  the Washington Monthly, Ryan is caught in a boldfaced lie

“It is important to note that Ryan doesn’t want to engage in that conversation in his zeal to privatize Medicare. As we saw in his discussion with Brett Baier, he has decided that it is preferable to lie to the American people in order to convince them to accept his position. When Baier asked Ryan about the Republican plans for entitlement reform, the Speaker took the conversation back to their plans to repeal Obamacare and said:
If you’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare, you have to address those issues as well. … Medicare has got some serious issues because of Obamacare. So those things are part of our plan to replace Obamacare.
Ryan went on to say that, “Because of Obamacare, Medicare is going broke.” That is a lie.
Health reform, along with other factors, has significantly improved Medicare’s financial outlook, boosting revenues and making the program more efficient. The HI trust fund is now projected to remain solvent 11 years longer than before the Affordable Care Act was enacted.”sheep-1246204__340

Baaa Bad idea?

“The Affordable Care Act has served as a pillar of economic and health security for millions of Americans across the country since its enactment, ensuring that health care is a right, not a privilege. Despite its undeniable success, Republicans continue their reckless assault in an attempt to repeal the ACA – an agenda that will harm hard-working Americans and their families, seniors, hospitals, doctors and other health care stakeholders.


20 million previously uninsured Americans now have access to affordable health care
95 percent of America’s children are now covered with health insurance
Up to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions now have protection and health security
55 million seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in the Medicare program now receive free preventive services, such as cancer screenings and wellness visits
2.3 million young adults have benefited from the ACA’s provision allowing children up to the age of 26 to stay on their parents’ insurance plans
15.7 million more people have Medicaid coverage
Over 11 million Medicare beneficiaries have saved more than $23 billion thanks to the ACA’s closure of the prescription drug donut hole
Every woman benefits from the fact that being a woman is no longer treated as a pre-existing condition and women no longer are being charged more than men for the same coverage.”

Anti Trump? Pro Trump? Sheepish Paul Ryan

From MSNBC.com

It was a turnabout from just two months ago, when Ryan disinvited Trump from a Wisconsin GOP event a day after The Washington Post published the infamous video of Trump bragging about grabbing women by their genitals…. Ryan was again scheduled to appear with Trump just days before the election. That rally also was canceled.
That, of course, was when the House Speaker assumed Trump would lose. But now that Trump will soon take the oath of office, it’s amazing to see just how quickly Paul Ryan can abandon any pretense of principle.
Asked about Trump’s many conflicts of interest, Ryan has said he doesn’t care. Asked about Russia’s alleged role in helping get Trump elected, the Speaker has said he’ll defer to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee – who happens to be a member of Trump’s transition team. Asked about Trump choosing an obviously unqualified Vladimir Putin ally to be Secretary of State, Ryan said yesterday that he thinks it’s a great idea.
Indeed, as far as the far-right Speaker of the House is concerned, Donald Trump can effectively do no wrong. Every controversy is deemed unimportant, every question is carelessly dismissed.
It’d be less offensive if Paul Ryan hadn’t already made clear that he knows better.
Ahead of the election, when the Speaker saw Trump’s defeat as inevitable, Ryan publicly rebuked his party’s presidential nominee – repeatedly. In early October, after Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women, Ryan told GOP lawmakers he would no longer defend Trump or campaign with him. A week before the election, the Wisconsin congressman was reluctant to even say Trump’s name out loud during a television interview.
And yet, Ryan now seems quite eager to defend Trump and even introduce him at a public rally.


Chances: Narrow to None that Ryan thinks 

for himself.


Christmas and what to buy him?


Every year, it is the same old thing: the Classic Christmas Conundrum.

Mr Right, my beau du jour, is a bon vivant, man around town, who attends myriad social events, parties, sporting events (season ticket holder extraordinaire) all year long. The very big bonus – I get to Go-With.    

(I gracefully bow out of boxing and wrestling.)

Mr Sort of Saville Row has been single for a very long time -and thrives on shopping at all the finest stores. He wouldn’t think of a stroll through “Merely Macys.” He has a very smart, very professional, Personal Shopper at Norsdtrom at Valley Fair.

He loves the famous men’s store in Sausalito, Gene Hiller. Men in the know, flock to this emporium of sartorial delights – for the finest suits, stunning leather jackets, the most exquisite dress shirts in a calvacade of gorgeous colors. 

However, I recently learned his real shopping Achilles heel.

 The Online Shopping Mecca: Daly’s 1895

They carry the finest assortment of All Things Men – from pocket squares to beautiful leather belts, handsome luggage and carry-ons, messenger bags…cufflinks, leather bracelets…

(Dear Santa, girls like bracelets and messenger bags and pretty pocket squares, too!)

My Christmas Shopping just got easier for my bespoke bon vivant!