Guilty Pleasures

Feb 28, 2011 by

Last night I read a great tweet…”I’m not watching the Oscars – I’m watching Twitter watch the Oscars.” – @ChrisPirillo#Oscars.  It came from Social Media Insider and I thought, “yup…that’s    about right.” I just got a smart phone, thank you, and am finding my way around Twitter, Facebook and other social media that I use.  Watching the Oscars was the first time I tried my had at Tweeting an event while it was happening.  I received tweets from Toby, Jen Bonet, Liz Straus and other tweety-birds. My phone-typing skills are still not great so I want to take a moment to give you my take, as a filmmaker, on the Oscars.  First of all, I love award shows.  I sit and put on my best Joan Rivers dis of the fashions, listen to inside...

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Oh Shut Up About Women Not Being Represented in the Fortune 500...

Feb 28, 2011 by

A recent Forbes magazine article titled Disappointing Statistics, Positive Outlook has me seeing red. My good friend and often mentor, Bruce Peters, sent it to me. He knows I like to follow the current reporting on women’s business issues. The article starts, “As we move toward the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day (March 8), it is clear that the world of business is being transformed by women, but the gender makeup of business leadership has barely changed.” Once again, the focus is on the Fortune 500 – companies that are in the public eye, like PepsiCo. According to the article, “In 2010 only 2.4% of the U.S. Fortune 500 chief executives were female.” Yawn. Are you tired of this, girlfriends? Do you run your own business? Are you and executive of a company...

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Waking Up On The Black Couch

Feb 27, 2011 by

Returning home, the day’s events washed over me like a proper London rain. I was completely soaked in the wet energy of others, their grief and that of my own and could barely walk up the steps to our front door. Throughout the last hours I kept thinking to myself, ‘I have to get through this day, they have to know that they can count on me, be the rock, be the foundation, get this done.’ Upon entering our home, there was a deafening silence. It was so very quiet, void of all of the laughter and filled with the remnants of my rapid departure to the hospital the morning he had slipped from a coma into the beyond. In my haste to find a black outfit, that wasn’t a little black dress, but...

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Gaelic .. Garlic .. It’s All Good!...

Feb 26, 2011 by

When you think of Irish cuisine…well really, who thinks about Irish cuisine? It tends to be pretty bland, and starchy and quite honestly not usually worth thinking about! The one thing we think of as a staple is the king of all comfort food…the potato. Now before you read any furthur, this is not an Irish recipe; it is however my new favorite potato recipe. I borrowed liberally from Giada de Laurentis for the basics then played around a little.  GDL call this Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemon…and while I’ve changed it around a bit, that name still works.           Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemon .. Polli Style! 2 pounds baby potatoes Boil potatoes til tender, about 20-25 minutes. (it helps if all the potatoes are about the same size,...

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Keep Him…Then You Won’t Be Alone...

Feb 25, 2011 by

Max came into my life quite unexpectedly and my life changed. I didn’t know it at the time. How often do we not realize the little moments that ultimately impact our lives? I was enjoying a lazy Saturday when my friend Alf called to tell me that a rescued White West Highland Terrier had just been dropped off  ready to be adoped.  If I wanted the pooch I had to come over to his house right away. I really wasn’t looking for a dog.  I was traveling. I didn’t have a lot of time. But well .. I was curious and it’s difficult to say “no” to Alf so I drove to the other side of Atlanta  “just to check him out.” I wish I could tell you that I instantly fell in love...

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How to Grocery Shop Economically and Well – Part 2...

Feb 24, 2011 by

Go semi vegetarian or just cut way down on meat. I don’t care how great that butcher department sale is, Scarlett, it can’t compete with the price of beans or tofu or making a frittata. A wide assortment of nuts is available and they have become more competitively priced in relation to other groceries. Get worldly. Ethnic markets can have some of the best options for fresh and affordable, not to mention delectable. Some of the items I stock up on in ethnic markets or grocery sections are spices, noodles, seaweed, tostadas, tortillas, sauces, canned beans and the list goes on. At a fraction of the usual grocery price, and often better tasting. The last time I visited the Buford Asian Market they were out of my favorite Pad Thai Sauce that is sold...

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Is Susan G. Komen for the Cure Getting Too Big For Her Britches?...

Feb 24, 2011 by

A Review of Promise Me, by Nancy G. Brinker with Joni Rodgers After reading this book, I came to the conclusion that Nancy G. Brinker and I probably would not be girlfriends. And, as much as I thought I was going to admire her for the incredible job she has done bringing national attention to breast cancer, the book left me questioning if she is more like Mark Zukerberg or more like the Winklevoss twins. “I’m not everyone’s cup of tea.” Brinker shares in the book. She goes out of her way to paint as realistic picture of herself as anyone can do.  If most of us are honest, we tend to like ourselves, weaknesses and all.  I assume Brinker is the same way. Nevertheless, she gives us a glimpse of her personality by...

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Visualize The Bell Curve: Single Girlfriend Style...

Feb 23, 2011 by

That’s how I start my spiel about my single status.  It qualifies as a kind of default statement until another theory replaces it. But it has worked as an explanation for some years and I share it with you in the hopes it provides an explanation as opposed to an excuse for your unpaired situation. And before I go farther, I have to admit I am math phobic, so any corrections based on real math will be appreciated but useless.  It’s the idea here, not the details, that matters. Here we go: Visualize the Bell Curve (also known as standard distribution).  You remember it, two tiny ‘tails’ on each side with the big bump in the middle. The big bump represents 95% out of the 100% whole. That leaves 2 ½ % on each...

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Cosmetic Surgery .. You, Only Better...

Feb 23, 2011 by

It’s all about light reflection – not lines and wrinkles so..whatever you do… keep smiling to keep your natural good looks! Did you know that there are new “non-invasive” dermatology techniques that fill areas where there is less light reflection – which is a measure of “youth” according to Erin Myers-Albaridi, Physician’s Assistant, Connecticut Dermatology Group.  Erin says it’s not really about the lines it’s about filling in to restore the facial contours that allow us to achieve a seamless transition from one area of the face to the other. So, goodbye “nip and tuck”..hello facial rejuvenation.  At least for the kinds of “work” that helps us keep our natural good looks as we age and save for retirement. In other words, it’s not the nip and tuck that we know is going to...

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Single: Addressing the Professional Stigma...

Feb 22, 2011 by

The single state, at least for women, is a mixed bag professionally. Sure, on the one hand, employers discriminate favorably in hiring and promoting single women.  They recognize the advantage of having on their team those of us who have few pressing family obligations, bring in that paycheck, and a strong work ethic. There are now a number of discrimination employment lawsuits in professional services such as law contending the employers demoted or terminated those who acquired family responsibilities. On the other hand, once we’re hired, the workplace can be a tricky environment for single woman.  Some of us are resented because we have the scheduling freedom to accommodate the employers’s or clients’s needs, even whims. The hostility can be palpable.  Some are treated with condescension.  One boss invited me to be “with his...

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Ladies Welcome

Feb 22, 2011 by

As a frequent single traveler, I must admit that finding an appropriate form of evening entertainment while on the road in an unfamiliar city can be a challenge. Let’s face it – a Single Girlfriend in a bar or a restaurant always looks somewhat suspect, although that never stops me. My primary motive is to have a nice night out on the town and perhaps meet new and interesting people, while practicing a certain amount of discretion to insure that I return to my hotel in one piece. That was my intent when I was in London several years ago for an art workshop, which was held at a artist’s studio in a residential neighborhood. On the way from my B&B to the studio, I noticed a pub that looked rather inviting so I...

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Cutting the Cord

Feb 21, 2011 by

Yes, apparently that’s the term for canceling cable and watching TV programming over the “air”, over the net, or some combination of the two with emphasis on the online sources.  So, there is a lot being written about this in terms of “the truth” about cord cutting….either it is true that hundreds of thousands of people are doing it or it’s not true, a myth. Or not only is it not true, the opposite is true….more people are signing up for cable. And if those truths don’t work, there is always, it’s true but those who cut the cord are in for an unpleasant surprise and will soon re-attach the cord. Girlfriends, I am here to tell you none of that truth matters….what matters is, does cutting the cord make sense for you? And...

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