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Episode 53 - with William Cohan - Lisa Birnbach's Five Things That Make Life Better on July 12, 2019

It’s summer, which some use as a noun, and others a verb.  I just love the summer, and in some ways it’s my favorite time of the year.  I feel most myself.  All it takes is one hydrangea bush and I’m six years old again, walking around the garden with my grandmother.

 
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My grandmother defied expectations and was a very modern woman.My guest this week, Bill Cohan, has also surprised people in his work life.First as a journalist, then he spent 17 years as an investment banker before returning to journalism and book writing.His first book, The Last Tycoons, was about Lazard Freres, where he had once worked.He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and the author of Four Friends - Promising Lives Cut Short.

 

The 5 Things that made my life better this week.

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1. The time to read.  Reading a lot of great stuff.  If you are just joining this podcast anew, I have recommended lots of books throughout the year.  Read Four Friends - Promising Lives Cut Short, the new book by this week’s guest, William Cohan.

 
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2. The smell of privet hedges.  I love it so.  It’s one of those nostalgic scents that takes me back to my childhood.  I also like pansies and honeysuckle, if you want to know.

 
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3. Sitting in the shade.  I’ve been scolded not just by my dermatologist, but by other dermatologists too.  I get it.  I sit in the shade, under a hat, with a minimum spf of 41 covering my body.  But the sun is nearby, and that is what matters.

 

4. Swimming.  I like it.  I really like it.  In a pool if necessary, but I like a natural body of water best.

 

5. Sunglasses.I bought my first pair immediately upon getting rid of my thick prescription glasses and wearing contact lenses.I won’t buy the most expensive designer ones because I tend to lose those.The cheap ones I seem to hold onto for years.

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Photo Credit: Jonno Rattman

Photo Credit: Jonno Rattman

And here are the 5 Things that make Bill’s life better.

1.  My family

2. My homes

3. Traveling/adventure

4. Old friends, new friends, interesting people

5. My work

 

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Episode 52 - with Jamie Lee Curtis - Lisa Birnbach's Five Things That Make Life Better on July 5th, 2019

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If you’ve been on vacation these last few weeks, you may not have heard the story about the journalist who was sexually assaulted by a businessman 23 years ago and told only two people.

That journalist was my friend E. Jean Carroll.  The businessman was Donald Trump. 

I was the friend E. Jean telephoned from the street outside of Bergdorf Goodman, her favorite  department store.

Reliving my friend’s agony was tough this week; reading the nasty and cowardly things that anonymous strangers posted to her made me ill, but I still came away with 5 Things that made life better.

And since it’s our one year birthday, a celebration is in order. So that’s why I asked my friend Jamie Lee Curtis to join me on Episode 52. She’s my gift to you. Click the link above to listen to our discussion.

 
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Lisa and Jamie circa 1989

The 5 Things that made Lisa’s life better this week.

1. Support is support is support….. It’s not quite love, but the enormous outpouring of gratitude towards Carol, the other corroborator and me made my heart swell.  I heard from people from every era of my life, and they were so touched and grateful to have my simple back up.  It was as if everyone was E. Jean last week

2. Friends who helped me make the difficult decisions about the media. I was overwhelmed by the options, and unsure how to proceed, and if I wanted to proceed. Jamie, Maria, Shelley helped me tremendously. Also thanks to Susan, Diane, Star, Shpresa, and my Exhibits.

3. Help.  If you have a friend who is abused or raped, or you yourself are dealing with sexual violence, please know there are lots of resources for you:   National Sexual Assault Hotline Call 1-800-656-4673  Available 24 hours everyday.

4. Get away if you can. We had long standing plans to visit our friends Shelley and Dennis on Long Island, and the timing couldn’t have been better. We went to the beach, which as you might recall, is my favorite place to be. And Saturday night we enjoyed a sunset that looked like it could have been painted by Tintoretto.

5. Honesty.  It’s not the best policy; it’s the only policy. When you are truthful, you don’t have to calculate about what to tell or say or worry about keeping your story straight. There are no alternatives. It’s easy. It’s the right thing to do.

 

And the 5 Things that make Jamie’s life better along with a poem that she wanted to share:

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1.    Sobriety

2.    Health care

3.    My healthy and wise children, and man

4.    Creativity - High 5

5.    Her rescue dog, Runi

 

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Episode 51 - with Shannon Watts - Lisa Birnbach's Five Things That Make Life Better on June 28, 2019

I’m just back from a quick trip to California to see Exhibit B for her birthday.  Usually when I visit Los Angeles, I try to see as many friends as I can, going for three meals a day in a frenzy of catching up overeating and overdrinking.

Instead, I was mostly velcro’d to my exhibit and saw her friends and overate and overdrank with them.

The point is my appetite for life experiences is huge, but I just can’t do everything.  Is that a function of age, of resignation, of exhaustion? 

 I’m going to say it’s a function of maturity.  An awareness that there will be a next time and I can have different priorities on another trip.  If I didn’t see you, I’m sorry.

 

I am delighted that Shannon Watts is our guest today. She is a hero to me, for being a concerned citizen who actually did more than tsk to herself or preach to the converted. On the day of the tragedy of the Sandy Hook mass murder, this mother of five decided to organize other moms to advocate for stricter laws that would prevent more gun violence. Seven years later, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has hundreds of thousands of volunteers who’ve helped change laws all around the country. Her new book is called Fight Like a Mother; How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World.

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Photo credit: Chris Langford Photography

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First, the five things that made my life better this week:

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1). The movie “Gloria Bell” which I saw on a plane last week.  It’s a remake of a Spanish language Chilean film called “Gloria”, and the English language version stars Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Michael Cera, and Holland Taylor.  It was written an directed by Sebastián Lelio, who made the original Spanish version as well.

I related to it, and I enjoyed it.Here is a divorced woman living alone, working in a meaningful job, but clearly lonely.Her 2 grown children are wrapped up in their own lives, and Gloria enjoys going out to clubs for a drink and a dance.That’s all I will tell you, because I think it’s work seeing.

 
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2. The proliferation of healthier food choices at airports.  It’s not your grandma’s food court anymore.  Well, yes it is, but there are more options than either Caesar salad or a chicken Caesar salad.  I am pleased to report that you can buy all sorts of other salads, non-dairy, and gluten-free foods, now that we all have leaky guts and newfangled food allergies.

 
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3. Flat and low-heeled shoes.  Doesn’t sound sexy, but it’s nice to be able to walk a good distance – let’s say 6000 steps -- without experiencing agony. I see young women wearing stilettos – even Meghan Markle or Melania Trump, and yes, their legs look great, but they cannot be comfortable.  That’s inconceivable to me.  If I could wear loafers or clogs all day, every day, I would.  You get the idea.

 
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4. Exhibit B’s birthday.  A happy, happy experience.   We had time alone, we had meals with with various people who are close to her, and a fantastic dinner with her besties at Tallulah’s in Santa Monica.  My girl said it was the best birthday of her life.  They have a photobooth!

 
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5. “The Investigation”, the reading of the Mueller Report (a callback to my former #5). Last week many of theater’s masters – Kevin Kline, John Lithgow, Annette Bening, Michael Shannon, and Jason Alexander, made up part of the cast of a dramatic reading at Riverside Church. The words were directly from the report, and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (“The Kentucky Cycle”) Robert Schenkkan turned it into something incredible. John Lithgow stunned as Donald Trump. Watch it.

 
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And here are the five things that make Shannon’s life better.

 
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1.            Noise cancelling headphones

 
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2.            Frank Ocean

 
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3.            The RealReal

 
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4.            The Real Housewives franchise

 
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5.            Moms Demand Action volunteers

 

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Episode 50 – with Amy Peterson and Jessica Mindich – Lisa Birnbach’s Five Things That Make Life Better for June 21, 2019

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I just returned from a spectacular 8 days in Italy.  I feel so refreshed, and so lucky.  It’s true what they say:  travel is broadening – and I’m not referring to the 3 pounds I gained from eating all that spaghetti cacio e pepe, but about learning how to successfully manage in a country where English isn’t universally spoken.  You have to not make any assumptions of any kind.  People may not think the way we do, or like the way we make our ways into the world.  We were in a small town in Umbria; English was rarely heard, and my instinct was to try to speak Italian, based on little scraps of the language I know, and trying to Italianize my French.  It was primitive; occasionally it worked. 

Being an American abroad makes one think a lot about being an American; what it means to one’s self, and what it means to others. The world gets smaller, and we are all citizens of the world. Suddenly you must deal with kilometers instead of miles; of Euros instead of dollars.

As a city dweller, being in the country was a treat.  Yes, we woke to the sounds of roosters, and also woodpeckers and mourning doves.  Birdsong!  It gave our mornings a dreamy quality.   You feel away-away.  In any case, I want to thank my friend Marsha for inviting us to her place.  We enjoyed her company and that of her guests.

 

I’m joined today by Amy Peterson and Jessica Mindich, both former corporate women who met in Detroit and now run creative non-profits in the jewelry space. Amy’s organization is Rebel Nell and Jessica’s is Caliber Collection.

But first, here are the 5 Things that made life better for me this week.

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1. A fresco. My friend Diane alerted me to the existence of a famous Piero Della Francesca fresco of the pregnant Madonna in a small town near the house where we stayed. The town, Monterchi, is walled and tiny – a population somewhere between 1-1800 inhabitants. Yet it has 2 museums. One dedicated completely to the fresco – (you don’t run into many pregnant Madonnas) and one dedicated to scales (ancient and old fashioned weights and scales). I have to confess that after the first room, I’d seen enough balancing scales for a lifetime.

 
 
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One ticket gets you admission to both.  The young woman behind the counter at the latter museum said she liked living in a small town where she knew everyone and everyone knew her.  Which was great because at dinner much later that night in the little town of Anghiari, the ticket taker and I recognized one another and gave each other a warm hello.  A few people asked me who she was.  Someone I met earlier in the day.  I felt connected.  And of course, I wondered – as I always do when I’m not home – “could I live here?”

 
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2.   One thing Tuscany and Umbria have in abundance is Jasmine.  If you haven’t gotten a whiff of that blossom lately, I urge you to find some to sniff.  It’s heaven.  It was everywhere.  I sighed with pleasure at every encounter.

 
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3.  We met a lovely man in Rome at his elegantly simple clothing shop – one of those places where you have to touch everything.  (And I did.) Michele Am Russo spent time showing us his work, his fabrics which were extraordinary, and told us his story.  He spent a few years in America as a child when his mother owned a shop in Soho in the 1980s.  They moved back to Rome to this shop.  Now he’s in charge, and takes great pleasure in the exquisite textiles he has made in India, Japan, and at the best mills in Italy.  The store is called Bomba, the street is Via dell’Oca, and it felt like another special moment in time. 

 
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4.  European pharmacies are the best.  First of all, the products all look exotic and appealing in their foreign packaging.  (Oh this beautiful tube of face cream is actually for your feet?). If they sell product lines you buy here at home, they are much less expensive in Europe.  And, if you need a prescription filled, there’s a chance that the medication is considered over the counter.  Note to American girls in Assisi:  Except Aderall.  They were onto you.

 
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5.  The novel Normal People by Sally Rooney.  I had first read a short story by this very young (born in 1991!!) Irish novelist in the New Yorker in the last year.  This novel is told in a way that is both emotionally urgent and emotionally detached.  It’s a love story with a protagonist who growing up sees herself as damaged and unlovable.  She resigns herself to a life without much pleasure, save for academic success.  It spans three years.  That’s all I will say, but the author seems to understand her characters in a breathtaking way. 

 
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And now, please welcome my two guests today, Jessica Mindich and Amy Peterson!  Two dynamic, hard-working women, who after careers as lawyers began to give back.  I can’t wait for you to meet them.

 

Amy’s 5 Things:

1.  My son's daycare.  They allow him to wear costumes on a regular basis which makes him happy and my mornings less stressful

2.  Podcasts.  They are an outlet and also a new way to learn on the go

3.  Daily Harvest: works for our family

4.  Running my own company and being surrounded by amazing women

5.  Wine

 
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Jessica’s 5 Things:

1.  Being near water

2.  When my teenage sons and their friends camp out at my house

3.  Being a redhead

4.  French fries.

5.  Having the power to transform pain into hope. 

 

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EPISODE 49 - WITH ALEX MALLICK and ADNAN KHAN - LISA BIRNBACH'S FIVE THINGS THAT MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR JUNE 14, 2019

I finally feel my age when I see young people I’ve known for a long time become their adult selves, where the choices they have made help codify them as the people they have always meant to be.  So it is with one of our guests today, Alexandra Mallick, whom I have known from the time she was a college student dating the son of very close friends of mine.  I always liked her verve and style and sass.  At one time she even worked for me while I had a daily radio show.  I knew wherever she would end up, she could make a real difference.

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And now it is clear, that after a decade that included working in an art gallery, working in non-profits as a fundraiser, working for Spin, and owning an art gallery, Alex has found her mission.It is to help reform the way justice is meted out in California, it is to help youth who are incarcerated and neglected, and it is to promote restorative justice.She is my guest today along with the co-executive director of Re:Store Justice, Adnan Khan. I think you will understand why I wanted to talk with these two powerful young advocates.

 
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1. Finding parking in Manhattan on the weekends in the summer.

 
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2. Cotton eyelet fabric.  Cool, pretty, and a good word in Spelling Bee.

 
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3. Hot dogs.  Don’t scream at me.  I know they’re terrible and have nitrates and filler and all that.  But in the summer, on a grill a beef or turkey hotdog is a special treat.  And I even like them with baked beans.  I’ve eaten one already over Memorial Day, and I am sure I’ll eat another before the summer is over.

 
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4. Straw hats.  It took me years to get over my hat shyness.  I never looked good in hats and always felt like I was wearing a costume. Oh Look, Lisa thinks she’s in a production of Oklahoma.Now I wear them a lot. For shade, for my skin, and always on a long walk or at the beach.Big brim or small, I appreciate the hard work of the summer chapeau.

 
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5. Shannon Watts. the Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Shannon Watts is a mother of five who, prior to founding Moms Demand Action, was a stay-at-home mom and former communications executive. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Shannon started a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence. The online conversation turned into a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country, with more than 5 million supporters. In addition to her work with Moms Demand Action, Watts is an active board member of Emerge America, one of the nation’s leading organizations for recruiting and training women to run for office.

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And now, a very thoughtful five things from Alex Mallick and Adnan Khan.

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1. Cappuccino (with foam art)

2. Soft Shit. Pillows, towels, goose down comforters, cozy sweaters, couches, cashmere, etc.

3. Privilegesplaining (variation of mansplaining).

4. Comedy and humor as a survival tool.

5. The idea that an individual can change things.


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Episode 48 - With Lisa Grunwald - Lisa Birnbach's Five Things That Make Life Better for June 7, 2019

Hi Kids.  It’s June!  I’m wearing white jeans like it was a job requirement, and ketchup stains notwithstanding, it makes me happy.  Our guest last week, Kim France, wrote in a recent blog that she is cursed with spilling her coffee on her summer whites, but proactively carries a stain stick with her.  You can see it at her Girls of a Certain Age.com.  With this job of blogging and podding, you’d be amazed how many hours I need to put it all together.  I used to have a daily radio talk show in which I touted myself as “the best dressed woman in radio.”  Most days I’m the least dressed woman in radio, but considering there are a bajillion podcasts and that many of them originate at home, I’m sure that’s not true.  I come to our studios at The Fieldtv.com, and I assure you, I am fully clothed.

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Lisa Grunwald is our guest today.  It amuses me no end that we might not have met had it not been the friendship of my ExhibitC™ with her son.  My daughter kept telling me all the similarities we shared – not the least of which is our name – careers, foreign born fathers - many friends in common. When I wrote to her,  it turns out we even went to the same sleep away camp in the Berkshires – possibly the same summer!  And now Lisa has stealthily written a novel that I read and loved.  Published next week it is called Time After Time.  You can listen to Lisa and me on my podcast - link above - (or on apple podcasts, stitcher, spotify, google play and youtube) , as we chat about her new book and talk about her five things.

Onward to the five things that made my life better this week.

 
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1. Say Something Bunny, the play. I made reservations for this tiny, indy off off off off Broadway show when Meg Wolitzer put it in her top 5.What it is is watching a performer, the marvelous Alison Kobayashi, who in real life had to play archeologist in order to figure out who made 2audio tapes that a friend bought for her at an estate sale. And it’s so much more! There are only 20 seats in the theater and it’s a moving trip through nostalgia and a family you grow to care about.

 
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2. Alex Trebek – I can honestly say, I have spent almost no time in my life consciously thinking about the host of Jeopardy.  I did once have a dream in which I the bride came down the aisle and was surprised and embarrassed to find that he was our officiant, I woke up after saying “What is I Do?”  But now that he’s announced his illness and has brought his huge audience with him as he bravely works during treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer, I am only filled with admiration for this guy.  SNL used to parody him and I don’t know what his other accomplishments are other than being handsomely paid to host a game show for years and years.  But his humility and gratitude for the support of his fans has turned me into one too.

 
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3. Bandolier. The good news:  Two of my best friends have been wearing their cellphones like a cross-body bag for years.  At various times they recommended I get one.  They are made by a company called Bandolier.  I never wanted that much equipment, but after a couple of close calls when I almost lost my phone, I decided to try it out.  The bad news:  the Internet kind of figured that out all by itself because one day I started receiving emails and promotions about Bandolier even on Instagram, the app that costs me the most money.  Reader, I think I like it.  It makes the subway hands free.  I also like very much my old holder, which held more cards and tickets than this one, but nothing’s perfect.

 

4. People who respond to emails in a timely fashion.  That is becoming rare. I even enjoy a rejection email if it comes quickly after the proposal.  It just seems kind and thoughtful. Some big whigs in the media business don’t bother responding at all, whatsoever, ever.  I consider that rude or no very rude.

 
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5. Graduation Ceremonies.  I am so touched by all the people I’ve been seeing in New York the last few weeks in mortarboards and gowns, trailed by family members and friends. I think of how hard it is to head off to school some days, when you know you’re going to have a hard day.  You know your classmate is mad at you, or you could have written a better paper, or they’ll be a popup quiz, or a head lice outbreak, or an embarrassment in gym or the locker room.  Every day is challenging.  And then there’s a ceremony to celebrate the end.  I’m tearing up.

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And now, Lisa Grunwald’s Five Things:

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1.  Coffee.

2.  Treasure Hunts – searching and finding.

3.  Giving presents.

4.  Finite accomplishments.

5.  Upside of the internet – connecting with people.

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Episode 47 - With Kim France - Lisa Birnbach's Five Things That Make Life Better for May 31, 2019

I don’t even technically have an exhibit™ in school this semester, but my body is still hard-wired to respond appropriately to the universal school calendar.  Therefore, it feels like I’m rushing to finish up a lot of projects now, as I’m getting ready for end-of-the-year exercises.

Weird, right?  I have no exercises – not even Pilates lately.

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But I digress.  I’ve been eager to speak to today’s guest, writer and editor Kim France for a while now.  She is the creator of the now mourned Lucky Magazine that I’m sure many of you remember.  And she has been writing a blog, Girls of a Certain Age since 2012.  I read it slavishly.

 

Five things that made my life better this week:

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1.   Generosity:  Just after we finished last week’s podcast I had a V8 moment.  I forgot to mention the generosity of graduation speaker Robert F. Smith, the billionaire investor ambushing the Morehouse College graduation with his excellent news that he and his family decided to pay back every single outstanding student loan for members of the class of 2019.  That could reach as high as $40 million dollars.  Mr. Smith, a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Business School said, "On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we're going to put a little fuel in your bus. This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans," Smith said. "I know my class will make sure they pay this forward ... and let's make sure every class has the same opportunity going forward, because we are enough to take care of our own community."  Incidentally, Robert Smith is the first black man to sign Warren Buffet’s Giving Pledge.  Wow.  What a guy!

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2. GENEROSITY:  You don’t have to be a billionaire to be a giver.  Case in point, altruist Courtney Holmes, a barber in Dubuque, Iowa, has been giving free haircuts to kids who will read to him.  That’s right.  He’s helping kids get interested in reading, in becoming better readers, and feeling like their winning something at the same time.  Kudos to Mr. Holmes, who is now receiving unsolicited donations from strangers, as well as boxes of books for the children.

 
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3. What the Constitution Means to Me play.

I dare you to find an evening at the theater that sounds more like a homework assignment than this (more or less) One woman show, but the writer/performer, Heidi Schrek, spent her teens giving speeches with just this title at Elk lodges and Kiwanis and so on all over the northwest and midwest.  With great presentational skills and confidence she won enough money to pay for her entire college tuition.  The play is 15 year old Heidi giving one of those talks along with 48 year old Heidi of today. And today’s Heidi feels disenfranchised by the words she has come to care deeply about.  Her own feelings of disappointment and despair are pretty raw and moving.  As a bonus, everyone gets a pocket-sized copy of the Constitution.  Maybe after we read it, we should send it to Lindsay Graham or William Barr?

 
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4. Levi’s 724 high waisted jeans.  Like buttah.  I live in jeans – something I want to talk to today’s guest Kim France about, but first my number 5.

 
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5. Coyo non-dairy yogurt.  Hurrah!  I found it!  Something I can eat without grimacing about the lack of dairy.   I fear I won’t find it again.  It’s like all those indy bra companies that spring up online.  I don’t feel they’ll still be in business next week.

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Since 2012, my guest Kim France has written and put together a great looking, and user friendly blog and shopping site called Girls of a Certain Age.  From her I’ve learned about Cocofloss, and the Israeli designer Nili Lotan.  Prior to that Kim was the founding editor of Lucky magazine – one of the few living people whom Si Newhouse allowed to start an entirely new title that ran for 5 years.

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Kim France’s Five Things:

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1. Pasteis de Nata (a Portuguese custard tart)

 
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2. The band Yo La Tengo

 
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3. The commenters on my blog, Girls of a Certain Age

 
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4. My dogs, Sammy and Mister

 
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5. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator of Killing Eve and Fleabag

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Episode 46 - Lisa Birnbach's Five Things that Make Life Better for May 24, 2019

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Just when I thought I’d have to keep my parka on all year, the weather changed, and so did I. I put that thing in the back of my coat closet, sorted out my cold weather clothes, got strict with myself about what I didn’t need, wear, or like any more (not to mention what didn’t fit). And I gave it all away. I thought about thanking the clothes that had served me well, but let’s face it; didn’t I serve those clothes too? Who should be thanking whom? I wore them; they didn’t wear me. You know who gets my thanks? Doctors, nurses, servicemen and women, police officers, firemen and women, and teachers. They spark gratitude, if not joy. Goodbye old clothes! May they suit another woman and make her happy.

 

HELLO SPRING/SUMMER.  OR AS BARBRA STREISAND SAID IN FUNNY GIRL:

 There’s a 14 second “Hello Gorgeous” clip from Funny Girl on line.

 

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1)    

Simon.  In personal family news, my g g g grandson is out of the hospital and just his mere existence is providing joy to our extended clan.  When I spoke to his mom earlier today I could hear his tiny little coos and grunts, and whispers, and I have to say they are delicious!  These sounds couldn’t be replicated anywhere but in nature.  No instrument or computer can come close.  

 
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2)   Tradition.  We celebrated the baby’s bris this week.  As my longtime friend Elise said to my happy tears, “it’s a tsunami of emotion, isn’t it?” It was and I barely knew what hit me. But let me say this:  we held it at my mother’s apartment, where my brothers and I were raised.  I was so grateful that my mother could witness this milestone.  And tremendously moved by the outpouring of her friends, all of whom had attended my own Exhibit A’s™ bris.  They connected us all back to my dad, whom I miss every day and would have been so proud.  The point of traditions; they link you back to your past.  It was an epic experience for me.  I only wish that #ExhibitB and my brother Norman had been there.

 
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3)   Animals. We capped the night off at a benefit for ANIMAL HAVEN, a great rescue and rehabilitation for pets in New York.  The turnout was huge.  It is clear that people have a large place in their hearts for animals.   I know quite a few individuals who seem to prefer animals to humans.  I would never go that far. I love dogs so much.  I can’t wait until we have another.  

 
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4)   Via.  This is a car-sharing app that is way cheaper than Uber and Lyft most of the time. It’s even possible to get a private ride.  When I was commuting south and east to the hospital to see the bebe, it was for more affordable to go by Via.  Also, going from upper west side to lower east side took about as long as it takes to get to Kennedy Airport or Greenwich, CT from where I live.  CRAZY.

 

5)    Jennifer Hudson singing the theme song for the Jeffersons live.  Full of joy and nostalgia and obviously lots of rehearsing and preparation. I am not a Jeffersonsologist, but I think the theme song to that Norman Lear show was prerecorded, as all theme songs were.  I only saw that single clip, introduced by Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear, of Jennifer Hudson shimmying and singing her spectacular voice.  It made me happy.  And what about 96 year old Norman Lear?  Am I right?

 

Have a great week.  Be cool and act natural.

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