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JUNE BEGAN AT THE BEACH…

Thanks to an invitation from Lovely Valerie Foster Hoffman to join her at the Beach Club. It was a bit too cool to eat outside so we had a lovely lunch inside. Carol Soucek King, Veronica, Nancy, Valerie, our hostess with the mostest, me, and dear Vanya, Valerie's...

MORE MAY JOY!

A world of thanks friend Dave, author of Fuzzzy Tale and hooman to Lambert & Dolly, for getting more of my books from the warehouse. Even though Jhonny cleaned out the garage and placed new shelving, books and scarf boxes have to compete with puppy pads! One of my...

IT’S PARTY TIME!

Beginning with the most amazing party hosted by the Hostess with the Mostest, Valerie Foster Hoffman. Words cannot begin to describe the elegant, thoughtful extravaganza Valerie had for me but hopefully some photos will help where my words fall short. The party began...

MORE WONDERFUL MAY

Begins with Amazing Carol Soucek King's Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life, now in it's 27th year and on ZOOM. Carol is so dear to always mention my books and scarves. As always, Janet Martorello's Himalayan Singing Bowls were a wonderful beginning. Curtis...

WONDERFUL MAY…

We began with the Fifth Annual Culver City Nonprofit Convening, hosted by the Wende Museum. We were guests of brilliant moderator Tom Backer. Wonderful talking with Allison Sampson from the Colburn Foundation. Joan Weinstein, from the Getty Foundation was also a...

A VERY SPECIAL ARTS INDEED!

Checking in for the 45th Annual Very Special Arts Festival. It's so inspiring to see all the beautiful children with special needs participating in their very special day. There are many tables on the plaza for them to make various art projects. There's even a booth...

FRIENDSHIP SHOULD BE CELEBRATED

Every time I write a blog, I'm reminded of the great gift of friendship which should always be celebrated. Perhaps I'll title each entry "Friendship!" After the spectacular Colburn Gala where I saw so many precious friends thanks to Lovely Peggy Collins, it was back...

LIFE WITH A GOLDENDOODLE…

...and other wonderful things in April! Somi is the most gregarious puppy ever and she's amassing such a group of friends. Everyone must play with her or we don't hear the end of it! Our darling next door neighbors, Sweet Emilia and Talented David adore Somi and the...

ART, MUSIC and EASTER

What could be better? To begin, I saw the opening exhibition of expressive Brush painter Yoshio Ikezaki at the Kylin Gallery in Beverly Hills. "Condensation" 60 years of his life & art practice into the 10 meter roll paper. Expressing 6 aesthetic elements:...

MARCH CAME IN LIKE A LION…

...in the form of 'Force of Nature' Suzanna Guzmán, who teaches the Music Center's Spotlight 'Classical Voice Mastery Class.' She is an Emmy Award-winning associate of LA Opera, and TIME magazine called her "a fire-eating singing actress."I watched Suzanna in action...
LOVE IS ALL AROUND

LOVE IS ALL AROUND

Love is always all around but February seems to get a blast of hearts, hearts, hearts! And just look what greeted me on Valentine's Day! Somi the Goldendoodle was feeling it too! Somi was crowned Doodle Sweetheart! Awwwww.............. Then it was off to Valerie...

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THE MONTH OF LOVE

THE MONTH OF LOVE

February didn't start off too lovingly for Somi the Goldendoodle as it was time to be spayed and then wear the 'collar of shame' for ten days! Debra had a most delightful luncheon for me and Awesome Terri. Don't you think we should send this photo to Colgate? It was...

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A HEAVENLY CLOSE FOR JANUARY

A HEAVENLY CLOSE FOR JANUARY

Los Angeles Master Chorale's performance in Walt Disney Concert Hall of 'Spem In Alium' was thrilling and inspiring. Watching Jenny Wong, the Associate Artistic Director, conduct the Chorale was mesmerizing! You can hear her on Facebook speaking of the commissioned...

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THE GIFT OF ANOTHER YEAR

THE GIFT OF ANOTHER YEAR

And what better way to greet the New Year than a visit by Kathy Wong, a treasured friend and dear student! Time to meet Somi! Every year, Kathy chooses two of her fine artworks to convert into calendars. DM me if you'd like to order. Selfie time! Kathy feeds my rubber...

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

I'm so delighted...this was the very best New Year's Eve ever! Of course, it started with a lot of planning. Off to Whole Foods to get cheese, pate, and the fixings for a big pot of chili and a smaller vegan chili. Veronica then had to make the labels for the cheeses...

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THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!

THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!

I love Christmas! This YSL Advent Calendar started it off and it was so much fun to open the little boxes each day for a special gift! The Awesome Sarkisyans, my wonderful neighbors, brought this touching gift after losing Kita. Emilia and David loved her so. Jhonny...

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‘Tis the Season…

‘Tis the Season…

The day after Thanksgiving begins the Christmas decorating, making lists, checking them twice, trying not to be naughty! Jhonny is a huge help... Meanwhile, dear Carol and Xavier stopped by with a delivery from Kita the Akita at the Rainbow Bridge. And we delivered a...

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THE BEST THANKSGIVING EVER AND OTHER FUN STUFF

THE BEST THANKSGIVING EVER AND OTHER FUN STUFF

After a teary goodbye to our precious Kita the Akita, we had to do the Huntington's Holiday Market the very next day! Actually, that was a good thing as it got our minds to a busy place! The Market is such a joy because I get to hug so many dear friends! Awesome...

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SOCIALIZING and MAGICAL EVENTS

SOCIALIZING and MAGICAL EVENTS

Hillcrest Country Club was the site for a delightful meet and greet with wine and nibbles! What a wonderful way to begin November! Peggy, you are adorable! You too, Ruth Ann! A private dinner at Abernethy's, on the Jerry Moss Plaza of the Music Center was quite...

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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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