"To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent -
that is to triumph over old age." Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Leaving you in suspense! I will share that I had a wonderful treat, and pajama party, in my New Home with my two favorite people. Katie had a two week break from her stint in Sierra Leone, and came back to the US for much needed R&R. Due to yet another storm in Boston, her flight from Newark to Boston got cancelled. I got her for a day and night! My Angel gypsy cab driver was literally waiting for her at Newark and drove her right to my door. (Thank you so much, dear man.) Katie and I had a lovely long chat. She napped. Kristi came and we watched cheesy tv and ordered in sushi as good New Yorkers do. It was nice to taste the great food from a restaurant in my new ‘hood, Ko Sushi.
Eve Ensler and VDay celebrated One Billion Rising for Justice in glory on February 7 th at Hammerstein’s Ballroom again. It was an evening of intense “conversation” and performance, surrounded by beautiful art, voices, joy, and dance. Again, I was proud and honored to act as Volunteer Coordinator. There were many special moments, surrounded by dear people who have become friends. (It was a special treat to have Kathy Najimi sit next to me, and Rosie O’Donnell in front of her, and be a very small part of their conversation!)
|From its website|
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|A gallery in The Frick (from its website)|
As the month progressed even more visitors came to play. Some stayed with me, others in a special hotel. Funny, I hadn’t been to The Frick in almost a year and I found myself there twice in a week with my Guests. I love The Frick. The art that that not so nice Robber Baron collected is amazing, and more than a little impressive. From there I shared The Boathouse with my special Friends and Cousins.
|Kim Nalley (from her webssite)|
|A piece of Maggie's work.|
A couple of days later, we met in Chelsea at Freight and Volume Gallery to visit a special exhibit indeed. A family friend’s daughter had her first show; Margaux Ogden and her “Down the Rabbit Hole”. What a thrill! From there we poked around some other galleries, thoroughly enjoying the balmy day, 28 degrees. We actually walked up to Midtown as it felt so good to be outside, and enjoyed a pre-theatre cocktail at Bar Centrale.
|Constellations (from its website)|
Kristi was able to meet us for yet another special treat: Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson in “Constellations.” Being at a loss as to how to begin to describe it, I thought this description by The Hollywood Reporter summed it up well, for me, “Exquisite, hypnotic, & richly affecting.” It was a wonderful weekend of playing, exploring, and being in my NYC with very special people! Thank you, again, my Dear Cousins, for sharing so much, especially your precious time with me! Xoxo
|Manhattan Cricket Club (from their website)|
Lunch with a Dear Lady who started our Library writing group at a neighborhood fav of hers, Pesce Trattoria (www.trattoriapescepasta.com); Oscar party at another dear friend’s home with “the Girls”; wine tasting preceded by dinner at my dear FFF friend’s Burke & Wills/Manhattan Cricket Club; seeing another FFF friend play in Chekov’s “Three Sister’s” at the The Stella Adler Studio (For my writing class at Gotham I wrote a review of it!) all rounded out the dreary, cold month of February.
Of course, it wasn’t all play and frivolity as many CPR classes were taught from Manhattan to Brooklyn to Astoria to New Jersey. One of my favorites so far was putting a “babysitting” class together for some Girls Scouts. It was a compliment, indeed, when a science teacher who had taken one of my classes in the fall asked me to teach her Girls a class!
Thank God for all these events and adventures, as even though I hibernated a lot from the cold, I did make myself get “out there.”