Sunday, December 10, 2017

Top Fragrance Favorites 2017 & Season's Greetings

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I can't remember what perfume or body mist I put in this unlabeled rollerball I found, but I've been wearing it. It could be Chopard Wish or the now rare & discontinued Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Hot, Delices eau Fruitee de Cartier or Avril Lavigne Black Star. It could very well be a Bond No. 9 scent, named for a neighborhood I can't recall. Most likely, it's not one of my Bath & Body Works mists that lately I find too harshly aqueous (sporty scents perform better in the heat), but in a whiff it resembles Tutti Dolci White Mocha Kiss (and it must be noted Honolulu Sun still rocks my world; piña coladas for life!). The spirited floral fruity patchouli composition could be Vera Wang Princess, or any one of a billion Thierry Mugler Angel clones that are supposed to smell like Alsatian Christmas. I shouldn't have been so cocky as to think I'd recognize a long lost fragrance forever. Tastes change. Memories can also change over time. I'm not talking frogs-on-atrazine-level drastic change, though that can happen to some people as well...but that change is part of life.

The holidays are here, just 2 sundowns till Hanukkah and a fortnight till Christmas. I'm almost done buying gifts for my kids, and can't help but reflect on the big changes this year, like my son transposing every note of his favorite melodies to sing an octave down, or my daughter trading in her love of vivid Jeffree Star palettes for more subdued tones inspired by "Gigi Hadid runway looks." I've eschewed more perfumes in favor of Chanel lipsticks, myself. Adrienne is my top choice, and I don't think I'll find a better your-lips-but-better neutral brown shade (or a better quality lipstick), anywhere ever again, but I sure felt the same way about those ubiquitous woody florals that were both seemingly gentle yet increasingly brusque, once upon a time.

I will leave you with one last holiday suggestion before I present my 2017 Top Fragrance list of favorites. The only way to tolerate Limoncello liqueur, which is VERY medicinal-tasting, not what I was expecting, is with copious amounts of milk and honey. I will not go as far as to say locusts would taste better. I added the mixture to coffee, and voila, I ended up with something akin to lemony tiramisu or a Nikoleshka drink, which I'm not even sure if there are still places that serve it in the Village cafè where some new-ish immigrant date, on a date that went nowhere, once took me. In retrospect, maybe those are the best ones.

Here's what I enjoyed the most this year:

Bath & Body Works Honolulu Sun
Bath & Body Works Summer Coconut
This scent I'm wearing...which I just figured out is most likely:
Bond No. 9 Bryant Park. OK, so I AM good.

They're mostly cheapies this year! But a variety of mists, soaps and shower gels add up over time, too. What I gleaned the most from this year is that I'd MUCH rather consume nice things than fall prey to anti-consumerist trends, some of which are quite scary. I wasn't wrong about those posters on makeup forums having a political bend, what with their no-buy abstinence programs on commercial boards, and countless suggestions to appreciate libertine France and music and books unsolicited. It still feels like the way it was described by the author of Magic and Loss (which I haven't read but seems like a veritable new The Fountainhead), Virginia Heffernan, in this New York Magazine article entitled, Commie Chic; so appropos, it seems. Yet, authoritarian tactics to sell ideas don't work too well here, at least not forever. Shoulda known this is the WORLD wide web, but onwards.

Happy shopping! Thanks to the GREAT ladies who said, "More is more!" and Earth, Wind & Fire who sang, "Stay young at heart!" And do share this season with loved ones!

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Trump to Keep Embassy in Tel Aviv, but Recognize Jerusalem as Capital

Naysayers around the world aren't a surprise, but the American Jewish voice of dissent against our support of Israel on this issue is shocking to hear. I think this is a fine move, since Americans ALREADY SEE Jerusalem as the capital of Israel for 70 years. A physical move of our Embassy won't change this fact. President Trump's decision to recognize Israel's point of view as the legitimate one officially here seems to have been more of a test to see who our friends in the world really are. Trump to Keep Embassy in Tel Aviv, but Recognize Jerusalem as Capital - No president, Republican or Democrat, has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel since the state was established in 1948. By Mark Landler and Julie Hirshfeld Davis December 1, 2017

Friday, December 08, 2017

Seinfeld - The Puerto Rican Day

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Still one of the best sitcoms - and this is the funniest episode!

We hope our friends who are still traveling back and forth to PR find normalcy soon.

WATCH Seinfeld Season 9 Episode 20 @ dailymotion (Video is sped up but more or less intelligible)

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Netanyahu applauds U.S. decision on Jerusalem

A historic moment, indeed! May we celebrate a most Happy Hanukkah this year.

CBS News
Published on Dec 6, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called President Trump’s announcement Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “courageous and just.” CBS News correspondent Seth Doane joins CBSN with more on reaction to the announcement.

Celebrating 175 Years of the New York Philharmonic With a December 7 Concert

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Celebrating 175 Years of the New York Philharmonic With a December 7 Concert By Rebecca Winzenried Dec. 05, 2017
The milestone birthday celebrates a legacy of innovation and invention.

Monday, December 04, 2017

‘I Thought I Was Lazy’: The Invisible Day-To-Day Struggle For Autistic Women

"The stereotype with autism, women including, is that they are really neat and tidy.’

"Different executive abilities particularly hurt those socialized as women or who identify as such. “Women are expected to just pick up daily skills naturally. You’re tainted as a moral failure if you can’t get organized,” says Becker." Read the article: ‘I Thought I Was Lazy’: The Invisible Day-To-Day Struggle For Autistic Women - Adapting to daily life is not often factored into the diagnostic process for autism. It should be. By Reese Piper, The Establishment

Someone Asked My Son With Autism Why Eye Contact Is Hard. This Was His Answer.

"A seat on the side keeps me focused on your voice and not on visual distractions. I am assessing many sounds too. I have to erase some stimuli to access my answers to people’s questions and meet their demands. That is why I don’t make eye contact. I am always listening." Someone Asked My Son With Autism Why Eye Contact Is Hard. This Was His Answer.January 27, 2015

Sunday, December 03, 2017

1% chocolate milk back on school menus as Obama-era rules are eased

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Dear ABC News, since when is 1% milk 'regular?' Reduced fat milk should never be called regular, as regular milk is whole milk. Praising Trump for undoing what Michelle "Cruella deVille" Obama did isn't addressing that Trump only brought back 1% milk fat chocolate milk. You don't usually praise a person for going just half way. But it's an improvement from total deprivation for the non-lactose intolerant being the norm. Regular chocolate milk back on school menus as Obama-era rules are eased by Stephanie Ebbs and Erin Dooley Dec 1, 2017, abcnews

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Yentl: The original Mulan

Barbara Streisand sings "Where Is It Written?" from Yentl (film)

Before Disney's Mulan, the story of a tomboy princess in love with a cause in pursuit of an ideal, there was Yentl. With song and performance this powerfully moving, if only all musicals lived up to this standard! From Wikipedia: "Based on Singer's short story "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy," it centers on a young girl who defies tradition by discussing and debating Jewish law and theology with her rabbi father. When he dies, she cuts her hair, dresses as a man, and sets out to find a yeshiva where she can continue to study Talmud and live secretly as a male named Anshel. When her study partner Avigdor discovers the truth, Yentl's assertions that she is "neither one sex nor the other" and has "the soul of a man in the body of a woman" suggest the character is undergoing a gender identity crisis, especially when she opts to remain living as Anshel for the rest of her life.

"After eleven previews, the Broadway production, directed by Robert Kalfin, opened on October 23, 1975 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, where it ran for 223 performances. The cast included Tovah Feldshuh, John Shea, and Lynn Ann Leveridge.

"As early as 1968, Barbra Streisand had expressed interest in a film adaptation of Singer's short story. Using the Napolin/Singer play as her source material, she wrote a detailed forty-two page treatment, the first to conceive of the movie version as a musical. The resulting 1983 production veered dramatically from the original short story and play by allowing Yentl to reveal her true feelings for Avigdor and having her return to her female self and sail for the United States at the end." Read the article: Yentl - Wikipedia

Monday, November 27, 2017

Prince Harry will marry a divorced American — and the church is fine with it

It's so nice of CofE to decide not to cockblock another heterosexual couple. God Save the Queen, and England, keep rockin'! From USA Today: "The sticking point in 1936 was the rule on divorce and remarriage in the Church of England, of which the monarch of the United Kingdom is head. The church’s ban on remarriage for a divorced person whose previous spouse is alive applied to King Edward, and still held for Queen Elizabeth’s sister, Princess Margaret, in 1953. She was told she could not marry the man she loved, Capt. Peter Townsend, because the Church of England would not countenance it.

"In 2005, the situation was different for the divorced Prince Charles, who wanted to marry the divorced Camilla Parker Bowles. He was free to remarry as a divorced man, because his first wife, Princess Diana, had died. But Parker Bowles’ first husband was still alive. The prince married Parker Bowles in a compromise: They tied the knot in a civil ceremony and then had an Anglican blessing for their marriage in St. George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle, conducted by then-Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. By then the Church of England had agreed that in certain circumstances those divorced could marry in church, but not if the relationship of the couple wishing to marry had caused the divorce, or if the latest wedding could cause public scandal. On those grounds, the church felt it was inadvisable for Prince Charles and Parker Bowles to have a full church wedding.

"Today, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby revealed no qualms about Prince Harry marrying a divorcee, a sign of how the Church of England has changed. “I wish them many years of love, happiness and fulfillment and ask that God blesses them throughout their married life together,” said the archbishop.

"He also said, suggesting that the couple have already settled on an Anglican wedding ceremony: “I am so happy that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have chosen to make their vows before God.”" Prince Harry will marry a divorced American — and the church is fine with it by Catherine Pepinster, USA Today

Related articles:

"The English church renounced papalauthority when Henry VIII failed to secure an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon in the 1530s.[9] The English Reformation accelerated under Edward VI's regents, before a brief restoration of papal authority under Queen Mary I and King Philip. The Act of Supremacy 1558 renewed the breach and the Elizabethan Settlement charted a course enabling the English church to describe itself as both Catholic and Reformed:

"Catholic in that it views itself as a part of the universal church of Jesus Christ in unbroken continuity with the early apostolic church. This is expressed in its emphasis on the teachings of the early Church Fathers, as formalised in the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian creeds.[10]

"Reformed in that it has been shaped by some of the doctrinal principles of the 16th-century Protestant Reformation, in particular in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion and the Book of Common Prayer." Church of England - Wikipedia

Friday, November 24, 2017

Trumps set to launch two real estate projects in India, despite conflict-of-interest concerns

From The Washington Post: (...)"Real estate experts in India have offered differing views on whether Trump will still appeal to affluent Indians after his immigration stance and other controversies. Branded properties — such as those endorsed by a sports team or Bollywood stars — don't always perform well, Kapoor noted.

"Kolkata, also known as Calcutta, is a place apart from glittering Mumbai or the power enclaves of New Delhi. It's a city of 5 million, chaotic, vibrant, lined with colonial-era mansions and abandoned factories turned mossy black from humidity. There is money here, to be sure, largely from old mercantile families, but it's a very niche market, experts say.

"Kolkata, frankly speaking, is one of the poorest performing markets in India," Kapoor said. "I don't know why he's considering Kolkata — he's not being advised well."" Read the article: Trumps set to launch two real estate projects in India, despite conflict-of-interest concerns by Annie Gowen October 28 The Washington Post

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Music of Jon Hendricks

Jazz singer, lyricist Jon Hendricks (September 16, 1921 – November 22, 2017)

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross performing " Airegin" (music by Sonny Rollins, additional lyrics by Jon Hendricks)

"Cottontail" (music by Duke Ellington, additional lyrics by Jon Hendricks)

"Four" (music by Miles Davis, lyrics by Jon Hendricks (music is credited to Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson at Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Four LIVE 1961 posted by Westcoastpaeb on Youtube))

// Of the wonderful things that you get out of life there are four.
And they may not be many but nobody needs any more.
Of the many facts making the list of life,
Truth takes the lead.
And to relax knowing the gist of life,
It's truth you need.

Then the second is honor and happiness makes number three.
When you put them together you know what the last one must be.
Baby so truth, honor and happiness
And one thing more,
Meaning only wonderful, wonderful love
that'll make four. // repeat

Meaning love and that's the real score and more than enough when times are tough and poor.
They may not comprise a lot
Still (you) only got those four.
And there ain't no more.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Holiday Gifts 2017

CHANEL Collection Libre 2017 NUMÉROS ROUGES Limited Edition

Four numbered lipsticks, reinvented by Lucia Pica, in a rare red-lacquered click case.

CREED Viking: A new fragrance for Men. Watch the film:

Yves Saint Laurent Chinese New Year Face Palette Collector

Celebrate the year of the rooster: a year of confidence and talent.

Combat One Tactical Bath

Alex Jones' 'perineal wipes' as seen on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Unleash the power of one with this broad spectrum hygiene tactical bath.

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