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YES IT’S STILL MY BIRTHDAY AND OTHER STUFF!

Thank you dear Kathy and Clara for the splendiferous birthday dinner at the Peninsula's Belvedere restaurant! Of course it's all about the cake but the amazing Plant Based Tasting Menu was wonderful! It's always time for a stop at Monte Carlo Deli... But the truth is...

JOY SEEMS TO BE OVERFLOWING

There's no better way to begin the second half of the month than with Inimitable Carol Soucek King's "Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life." This month's theme was "Kindness" and the main presenters were Ruth and Rick Megiddo with their fine documentary "Kind...

AUGUST BEGINS GRANDLY AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL

Thank you Amazing Debra Beadle from the Music Center for including me in such a magical evening. I'm embarrassed to say I had not been to the Hollywood Bowl since Charles and I were dating. Well, no surprise as I always thought of the impossibility of...

AND THE BEAT GOES ON…

Beginning with Master Calligrapher Qingnian Tang's class on the third Saturday of the month in the Nan Rae Studio. We all worked very hard... But this 'lefty' worked the hardest of all! After class it was a mad dash for Veronica and me to get ready to go with...

RUSHING TOWARDS CHRISTMAS!

That's right, don't laugh...haven't you noticed how the days are flying by? We're into the second half of the year and the train doesn't seem to be slowing down! However, I will say that 'Dear Evan Hansen' at the Ahmanson was a perfect way to begin July. It was a...

THE BEST FOURTH EVER!

Thomas Aquinas said "Joy is the human's noblest act" and as a 'human' I second the thought! Living Joyfully in the long run is the ultimate best way to be and this blog is all about my attempt to do so. Since the 4th of July is a perfect time for fun and merriment...

JUNE JOY CONTINUES…

It was so wonderful to have the Music Center's 'SPOTLIGHT' event back in person. Celebrating 34 years of guiding young artists to develop their talents, to strive and succeed. This life-changing program provides artistic development through workshops, mentoring, live...

JUNE REALLY IS BUSTIN’ OUT ALL OVER!

Starting with a 'Happy Birthday to Me' at the Castaways thanks to Lovely Marine, her adorable daughter Alyssa and Sweet sister Eliza! And White Peonies...imagine that! Brilliant Gallerist Maryam Seyhoun, whose mother was Massoumeh Seyhoun, famous Iranian artist and...

IT’S STILL MY BIRTHDAY!

Lovely Maggie stopped by with birthday wishes....books and homemade Biscotti! Kita was sure she came for her! Center Dance Arts had the most marvelous Salon in Beverly Hills with guest speaker Elizabeth Kaye who spoke on "The Choreographic Genius of Wayne McGregor and...

MORE FLOWERS THAT BLOOM IN MAY

Dinner under the stars at the Music Center's Jerry Moss Plaza for a Donor Appreciation celebration dinner. First, there was lots of meet and greet with drinks and tasty nom noms to nibble. I used to think I was tall! With Steven T. Benson, President of the Music...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

Veronica is quite possibly the most creative and certainly the most thoughtful and always manages to pull of amazing birthday surprises. At the stroke of midnight on the 18th, I was called to come into the studio. There were balloons up to my knees, streamers of...

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THE FLOWERS THAT BLOOM IN MAY

THE FLOWERS THAT BLOOM IN MAY

All of my precious friends are like beautiful flowers in a garden and May is the wonderful month when I get to be with many of them. The month started off wonderfully with an invitation to a LA Phil event held in the loveliest private home. The custom wood details in...

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VERY SPECIAL ARTS FESTIVAL

VERY SPECIAL ARTS FESTIVAL

A world of thanks to Debra Beadle for inviting me to this amazing event. Yes, "The Arts Heal L.A." Bravo for the Music Center's 43rd Annual "Very Special Arts Festival" held at the Jerry Moss Plaza. There were ten different art making workshops and I'll share a few...

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FOOD, FLOWERS AND FUN!

FOOD, FLOWERS AND FUN!

I absolutely love going to Prosecco Trattoria, the charming Italian restaurant in Toluca Lake. As one of the reviewers said, "Prosecco is filled with kindness, warmth and delicious food!" I have so many wonderful memories through the years but mostly it’s because,...

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EASTER JOY

EASTER JOY

Dearest Izabela and Wayne delivered a touching Easter blessing with these beautiful flowers. That really inspired us to begin creating little gift bags for everyone who would be at delightful Carol Soucek King's Easter gathering. Along with the boxes of Nan Rae Fine...

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A MAGICAL EVENING

A MAGICAL EVENING

...began the month of April thanks to Lenore "Nino" Wong, Head Docent in the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Botanical Gardens. There was a lovely reception for ''A Garden of Words," the second part of "The Calligraphy of Liu Fang Yuan." Here's yours truly with...

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MORE MARCH JOY

MORE MARCH JOY

And what could be more joyful than the privilege of giving the Meditation for dear Carol Soucek King's "Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life". The theme for March was "Possibility" with three visionary sculptors speaking about their work. Brilliant Tolanna began the...

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HALFWAY THROUGH MARCH

HALFWAY THROUGH MARCH

I'm continually amazed and delighted with all the wonderful things that continually happen. Considering that, I thought it would be best to have two blogs for March starting with a talk I gave to the Zamorano Club on "Understanding Chinese Painting Through Western...

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A MONTH OF LOVE

A MONTH OF LOVE

February is over almost before it began being the shortest of months. No matter, it was jammed packed with Love! Bravo Tammy Huang-Anacleto, President of the East Meets West Parent Education Club on your 2022 Lunar New Year Gala "Rejoice & Reconnect" fundraiser on...

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THE GIFT OF A NEW YEAR BEGINS

THE GIFT OF A NEW YEAR BEGINS

January was here and gone way too fast. Korean dramas were put on the back burner in order to watch every single James Bond Movie from Dr. No with Sean Connery to the 27th Bond film, No Time to Die with Daniel Craig. It was equal to doing a 'Evolution of Man' Master's...

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WELCOME…

to my personal blog where I’ll be sharing adventures and how I determine each day to live joyfully as an Artist, Teacher, and Author. My latest book “What If… We Have the Power to Change Our Lives” an inspirational book that hopefully will empower you to live your best life! You can find me and my work at nanraestudio.com My hope is that this blog will inspire you to find joy everywhere and in everything and that is what I wish for you!

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