All over our country households and people are busy preparing for the quintessential American holiday.
From elaborate meals and complicated family arrangements, who’s bringing the pies, who doesn’t eat yams, who is not speaking to whom, who must have mashed potatoes, to a more simplified, “Did you confirm the reservation?” to a lonelier frozen dinner for one and what’s on TV?

What time do I get off from work?
What’s the weather?
What are travel conditions?
Is the world safe? 
Fasten your safety belt.

Winter is coming on and we have a whole lot of holidays to defray the dread of Mother Nature’s onslaught, at least until early January.

Time to look within.
To ask ourselves for a definition.
Who am I?
Where did I come from?
Where am I going?
What am I going to do when I get there?
How do the people around me define me?

Embrace the holidays as part of a group or alone, solitarily.
Know that we have it in our power to improve our own lives and the lives of people we love.

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, 1897,  Paul Gauguin oil on canvas, 139 × 375 cm (55 × 148 in), Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA  Some inspiration for a bit of soul-searching.

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, 1897,
Paul Gauguin
oil on canvas, 139 × 375 cm (55 × 148 in), Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Some inspiration for a bit of soul-searching.

Tagging Today
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
My 223rd consecutive posting.
Time is 12.01am.
Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 42* under partly sunny skies. Wind will make it feel like 35*. Chance of a flurry late afternoon. Night time will be very cold.

Dinner is undecided: Thinking butter-glossed lasagna noodles wrapped around scallops. Kat home from college and she like seafood.

Question of the Day:
What is Woody Allen’s movie that ends on Thanksgiving Day?

Hint : 

The story of “Broadway Danny Rose” (Woody Allen) is told in flashback, an anecdote shared among a group of comedians over lunch at New York's Carnegie Deli.
Second from left:
Woody Allen as theatrical agent giving client last minute tips on his performance.

Second from right:
Theatrical agent running from the mob, explaining to client’s girlfriend that having his legs chopped off was not in the original contract.

After nursing client from has-been to a hot talent, Broadway Danny Rose is fired in favor of a well-known agent connected to the mob and friend of client’s girlfriend.

Love your notes.
Contact me @

Only one of our Southern friends could have written this post: Tommie Toner. 

Tommie dressing for a visit to the Museum of Art

Tommie dressing for a visit to the Museum of Art

If the temp drops below 80, my feet and hands turn to ice.

Don bought me a bed warmer two years ago and it is be best material gift I have ever owned.
I preheat my bed every night starting in September when the weather cools.
My bed is toasty when I get in it.
Of course, I have on socks and flannel pj's. . . then I turn off the warmer control.

I once used electric blankets, but read that may not be healthy, so don't use them anymore because I would forget to turn them off.

The bed warmer I now use fits over the mattress, then the mattress pad, then the sheet.
It stays on my bed from September til May or maybe June. Ha!

If I could, I would live in the tropics. . . where the sun shines most of the time and shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops are the fashion year round.

Yesterday, I joined two friends at the Columbia Museum of Art for a "Write-Around" - two authors selected paintings, researched the history, and then wrote poems relating their lives to the paintings.
It was an interesting presentation. But it was also interesting to note that my friends and I had on layers of clothes along with scarves, jackets, and boots - it was 68 degrees!

We would have died as pioneers! 😑

My grandmother would heat a brick and wrap it in towels or a blanket and put it in my bed when I was a child.
We didn't heat our bedrooms so the sheets were icy.
That brick was the "real deal."

Stay warm!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Web Meister Responds: Great stuff, my dear. Loved the poem-writing excursion. And note, when it is so warm, I still carry a sweater, against the air conditioning which I dread more than nature’s cold.
And Happy Thanksgiving back.

A funny, poignant movie.

A funny, poignant movie.

Answer to Question of Day:
Broadway Danny Rose is a 1984 American black-and-white comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen.
It follows a hapless theatrical agent who, by helping a client, gets dragged into a love triangle involving the mob.
The film stars Allen as the titular character, as well as Mia Farrow and Nick Apollo Forte.

Broadway Danny Rose was screened out of competition at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival and received positive reviews from critics.
It is considered one of Allen's stronger efforts, being praised particularly for Farrow's performance.

The story of “Broadway Danny Rose” (Woody Allen) is told in flashback, an anecdote shared amongst a group of comedians over lunch at New York's Carnegie Deli.

Rose's one-man talent agency represents countless unorthodox, unsuccessful entertainers, including washed-up lounge lizard Lou Canova (Nick Apollo Forte), whose career is on the rebound.
On those rare occasions any of Danny's acts do succeed, they invariably leave him for better representation.

Lou, who has a wife and three kids, is having an affair with a woman, Tina (Mia Farrow), who had previously dated a gangster.
Lou wants her to accompany him to a big gig Danny has landed for him at the Waldorf Astoria, where he will perform in front of Milton Berle, who could potentially hire him for even bigger things.

At the singer's insistence, Danny acts as a "beard," masquerading as Tina's boyfriend to divert attention from the affair.
Tina's ex-boyfriend is extremely jealous, and believing Tina's relationship with Danny to be real, he orders a hit on Danny, who finds himself in danger of losing both his client and his life.

Danny and Tina narrowly escape, as Danny at gunpoint says Tina's real boyfriend is one of Danny's clients who Danny believes is on a cruise for a few weeks.
Danny and Tina escape and show up at the Waldorf to find Lou drunk and unprepared to perform.
Danny sobers Lou with a unique concoction that he has come up with over the years; Lou sobers up, and gives a command performance.
With a new prestigious talent manager in attendance at the performance, Lou, in front of Tina (and with her encouragement), fires Danny and hires the new manager.
Danny, feeling cheated, goes to the Carnegie Deli where he hears that the client he ratted on to save himself was beaten up by the hit men and is now in the hospital.
Danny goes to the hospital to console his client and pays his hospital bills.

Lou, who has left his wife and kids to marry Tina, becomes a success.
Tina, feeling guilty for not sticking up for Danny, is depressed and they eventually split up.

It is now Thanksgiving and Danny is hosting a party with all of his clients there.
Tina shows up to the door and apologizes, asking Danny to remember his uncle Sidney's motto, "acceptance, forgiveness, and love."
At first Danny turns Tina away, but later catches up with her and they appear to make up.
During this closing shot, the voiceover of the group of comedians talking about the story is heard.
They praise Danny, and say that he was eventually awarded Broadway's highest honor: a sandwich at Broadway's best-known deli was named after him.

Guess where I put my frozen turkey to defrost?

Guess where I put my frozen turkey to defrost?


Good morning on this Wednesday, November 21, day before Thanksgiving.

We talked about the impact of the holiday season on us, particularly Thanksgiving, publishing Wikipedia’s review of Broadway Danny Rose. We looked at some nice images.

Che vuoi? Le pocketbook?

See you soon.