I recently received a phone call from a friend in Chicago who began with,
“Congratulations on writing 100 blogs for Adea over the past two years.” As we chatted he mentioned that he had been talking with a buddy about the economy – always a hot topic – when his Midwestern pal said, “Well, I hear that the Broadway theaters are doing well.”

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"Wilderness is more than a natural place, more than a place for recreation. It is a place for inspiration." - The National Park Service

Although I had lived near National Parks before, it was only a few years ago that I really came to appreciate National Parks.

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Like most of us, I feel as if I’ve been buying Ralph Lauren apparel and home goods forever so it came as a shock to read that in a two-year period sales and profits for the company have fallen by 50%.

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I recently came across a list of 30 Lessons I’ve Learned – In Honor of My 30th Birthday, written by Robert Cocuzzo. I think it’s terrific, so I retyped it and made minor edits -- plus I’ve added a few personal comments.

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Shortly after the end of the 2015 Tour de France, it was announced the 2016 edition would begin at Mont-Saint-Michel. At that moment, I knew I had to go. Although I had been watching cycling on and off since the time of the Lance Armstrong era, I had been avidly following it the past few years.

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On Friday, July 1st we decided it was time to see the current exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum with the provocative title, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology before it ended on August 14th. It’s not smart to delay these things because there is so much to do in New York that a date can just fly by without one noticing.

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On Saturday, June 4th I decided to see an exhibit at the Jewish Museum located on Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street in Manhattan. Why was I interested in doing this? Number One, I’ve always been interested in Isaac Mizrahi, who is often described as an American fashion designer, artist and entrepreneur.

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Just before the end of the 19th century, César Ritz, unveiled the Ritz Hotel in Paris, which is located at 15 Place Vendôme and whose guests have included Coco Chanel, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Ingrid Bergman and the list goes on and on. Now, after a four year renovation, the Ritz has reopened.

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Many months ago, I received an email from a friend who sent me a picture of her delightful five-year-old daughter in her karate uniform. “She absolutely loves her classes,” said her mother. Since I have never been part of this world I no idea a child that young could be involved in this activity. This got me thinking: how about a blog about females of all ages in this sport?

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I came across the name Antonio Lopez in a recent issue of Elle Décor and immediately said to myself, “I haven’t heard that name in years.” When describing this talented individual the magazine posed the question, “Was there ever an artist who captured the in-your-face glamour of the 1970s and ‘80s quite like Antonio Lopez?

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