Remembering Gary Shusett

Gary Shusett

Sadly, this past week on August 9th, 2013, Gary Shusett passed away after an illness. He was a lovely person, with a sweet and gruff disposition, and to those with Hollywood dreams, he was an important beacon of light. We met Gary a few years ago at his school, the Sherwood Oaks Experimental College, which he ran with the help of Christine Owens in its later years. Gary was a source of delight to us. He was enthralled with movies. At the Director's Guild Awards that we attended with him as … [Read more...]

Breaking Rules

Marilyn Monroe Rules

There are many women who are naturally rebellious and constant rule-breakers, there are also those who break them occasionally, and then there are those who never break them at all. Breaking rules can be fun, and at times, completely necessary. It's important to know when to follow your instincts and to do what's best for you when you're not hurting anyone else, even if that does mean ruffling a few feathers when breaking other people's rules. Was there ever a time when you broke the rules … [Read more...]


Marilyn Monroe Dreaming Quote

It's very important to get things done, to sort out logistics, and to cross items off our to-do lists, BUT it's equally important to stop doing so much and to allow the subconscious to take over. Magic happens when we dream, so let's try to make more room for daydreaming in our lives and enjoy where it takes us. … [Read more...]

Make Peace With Your Choice

Jodi doing yoga

I had always heard that, when practiced regularly, yoga can change your life, but it took me a long time to see and experience the changes that result from practicing yoga, and when it did, it took me completely by surprise. I had practiced yoga, on and off, for a few years, but didn’t find that anything in my life really changed. Other than getting a good workout and feeling calm, I didn’t really feel any different post-yoga class than I did post-treadmill run. I always chalked this up to … [Read more...]

Hitting the Pavement

Ever since high school, I’ve been a jogger. An outside jogger that is, although lately that’s included treadmill running, which does the job, but is far less enjoyable. I began my love affair with it in high school when running to High Park and back seemed like no big deal, when it was at least three miles, all in the space of a single gym class. Over the years, there have been times when I run, and times when I don’t. It’s never a good thing when I stay away from running, and … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day For One

Valentine Heart with caption: Be Your Own Valentine. Why not?

Valentine's Day irritates many people--mainly, single people. And in addition to being an irritation, it is also a sore spot, a reminder that one is alone, with the message being that they are unworthy, unloveable and unnoticed. Even if someone has determined to ignore Valentine's Day, it is still difficult to get away from it entirely, because reminders, big and small, are everywhere. So why try to ignore it? Why not embrace it? If you are single, it does not mean you are … [Read more...]

25 Things About Us

25 Things

In the spirit of re-launching our blog, we've come up with a list of 25 things about ourselves as a re-introduction. 1. I generally get very uncomfortable talking about myself. 2. I love winter almost as much as summer. 3. I learned how to swim in the Atlantic ocean. 4. One of my earliest memories is of stomping on grapes to make wine during the harvest. I wasn’t allowed to have wine, but now I am :) 5. When I was seven, I began translating for my parents, their friends, their … [Read more...]

Sensible Advice

William Morris Quote: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

We really like this quote because it helps keep our view of consumer culture in perspective. It’s a nice reminder to only have things that are useful or beautiful and not to get caught up in just having stuff for the sake of having stuff. … [Read more...]

Welcome Back!

Welcome to our new site! We’ve had our site up for about a year, and although we tweaked this and that on it, we weren’t totally satisfied. We wanted to bring our readers a site that was enjoyable and easy to use, so we decided to pause on our posts and improve on our blog. Many thanks to our readers for their patience, good wishes and interest. We look forward to your comments and hope you enjoy your experience here.  … [Read more...]

Sorority Stories

Marilyn Raiding House

Both of us joined sororities while attending university.  Isabel pledged Tri Delta, while I pledged Gamma Phi Beta (that's me in the picture above, far right, with some of my sorority sisters, after raiding a fraternity house. We were caught, and had flour and water thrown at us). When we tell people that we were in a sorority, we often get mixed reactions.  Typically, people are misinformed as to what actually goes on in sorority houses (no, we never had any naked pillow fights with each … [Read more...]