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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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

THE GIFT OF A NEW YEAR…

...began at the Peninsula Hotel. Thanksgiving was so delightful there so I booked another Villa for New Year's planning on having a small party in the suite. Well, the best made plans...covid seemed to be in charge so the party plans were cancelled but not the stay....
THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER

THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER

It's interesting that everything in life is a decision. Knowing that I just decided to make this the best Christmas ever and began with getting out all the toys! Jhonny helped with getting all the boxes down from their various hiding places and then setting up the...

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A QUITE DIFFERENT THANKSGIVING…

A QUITE DIFFERENT THANKSGIVING…

This year Thanksgiving took a different turn because of the pandemic. First it would be at the house and then somehow this idea of being away for a couple of days, sharing Thanksgiving with dear friends at the Peninsula seemed just right. Kita checks in... This trip...

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HEADING INTO FALL FULL SWING…

HEADING INTO FALL FULL SWING…

Delightful Carol Soucek King had the loveliest birthday party for Sweet Patricia Ferber, ceramicist extraordinare, outdoors at the Athenaeum. It was so much fun...a perfect evening. Of course if we're talking about parties we have to remember the hostess with the...

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SUMMER INTO FALL

SUMMER INTO FALL

The months are streaming by in fast forward and looking back from my vantage point of November I see there was a lot of food and puppies in September and October. Perhaps I'll just skip all that...One of the most memorable days was spending time at the Jonathan Beach...

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A WONDERFUL SUMMER

A WONDERFUL SUMMER

I was determined this year not to miss summer and it turned out to be absolutely delightful with celebrations and trips to the beach! Quite possibly too much eating was involved! It's always wonderful to catch up with Monique Schenk, my amazing architect and we had a...

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KITA THE AKITA’S WEEKEND AT THE PENINSULA

KITA THE AKITA’S WEEKEND AT THE PENINSULA

Kita decided it was time for some R&R at the Peninsula in Beverly Hills and was quite excited about checking in.. After baggage inspection it was time to check out her room. Kita's special bed met with her approval, especially because there were also doggie treats...

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BUT WAIT, THERE’s MORE…

BUT WAIT, THERE’s MORE…

Everyone seemed to be off to Armstrongs and Home Depot for plants, plants, plants. I got the bug as well although I'm not quite sure why. I keep buying plants but they seem to last a nano-second thanks to all the creatures that come out at night to nibble on them!...

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MAY WAS MY BIRTHDAY MONTH

MAY WAS MY BIRTHDAY MONTH

...but that doesn't mean I don't want it to continue into June! Veronica started it off at Midnight on the morning of the 18th with a balloon extravaganza! That girl sure knows how to party! After 2 A.M. cake and a little sleep it was off to the Huntington Botanical...

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THE DAYS ARE FLYING BY

THE DAYS ARE FLYING BY

It's hard to believe that I haven't written anything for the blog since February...me bad! Honestly, it seems like last week which I guess is a good thing. Life is good, things are busier than ever and now before I turn around it will be May! Where to start.....Thanks...

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FEBRUARY WENT BY WAY TOO FAST…

FEBRUARY WENT BY WAY TOO FAST…

I've decided that the month of love... of expressing love to those we hold dear... should continue throughout the year. Valentine's Day is wonderful but maybe we need a special day each week, perhaps with different names, that we could send out special 'love you's' to...

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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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