This is a continuation of the blog that appeared on January 4th, which kicked off the 75th Anniversary of this marvelous movie. All the excerpts quoted here are from the book Round Up the Usual Suspects: The Making of Casablanca – Bogart, Bergman and World War II by Aljean Harmetz.

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A couple of months ago I was looking for a movie to watch on TV and decided to check the Free On-Demand offerings that appear on Channel 508.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when Casablanca popped up. And then I said to myself, “You’ve seen this movie at least ten times – why bother?”

 

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As the days and nights get colder, it's that perfect weather to cuddle up on the couch, sip a hot cup of coffee (or hot chocolate or something else just as satisfying), curl up in a cozy blanket and watch some movies.

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In early October I was skimming through my favorite rag sheet, the New York Post when I spotted a paragraph that really caught my eye. It said, “China Machado [pronounced Cheena] – the first non-Caucasian model to appear on the cover of a major American fashion magazine (Harper’s Bazaar in 1959) has loaned 75 pieces from her collection for an exhibit titled Inspiration: A Muse Among Friends: The Personal Collection of China Machado that is opening on October 3rd at the National Arts Club.”

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Xmas Around the World

December 20, 2016

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Like many people, I grew up with a traditional Christmas: a decorated tree in the living room (with strings of lights that didn’t work until one fiddled with them), stockings on the fireplace filled to the brim on Christmas morning and the traditional turkey dinner. With four children my mother started her Xmas shopping early and made a point of hiding everything. Every year we snooped and every year we failed. Mothers love to outsmart their kids!    

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This is a continuation of last week’s blog, Best 24 Hours on Earth, Part I that is excerpted from the October/November, 2016 edition of the National Geographic Traveler. 

 

 

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I saw this astounding roundup in the October/November, 2016 edition of the National Geographic Traveler. I have 13 or more subscriptions to magazines and I have never seen an issue quite like this. Here are brief excerpts:

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There's something special about visiting a fashion exhibit. You get exposed to varying cuts, styles, materials and designs. Each garment offers insight into the inner workings of that period. It's more than fashion, it's history and in some cases art combined.

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The whole entrepreneurial landscape is rapidly changing it seems. The distaff side is entering and succeeding in unprecedented numbers, especially those who have already staked their claim in the entertainment world. Here are succinct descriptions of nine of them – in no particular order.

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Giving Tuesday

November 29, 2016

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Today is Giving Tuesday! Read more about it here: https://www.givingtuesday.org/ and see how you can get involved here: https://www.givingtuesday.org/individuals

#GivingTuesday

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