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A PERFECT NEW YEAR’S EVE…

...began with Veronica decorating the house in places I didn't even know could be decorated. No corner was safe! The Ferrero Rocher is from dear Tania! This was at the front door for everyone to get their hat, noise maker and bling! Then a New Year's Greeting! You saw...

THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER…

But wait...I always say that! It just seems celebrating gets better and better as I understand that living joyfully requires full cooperation regardless of circumstances. Besides, I think I'm putting in more of an effort...sort of getting with the program. It's always...

DECEMBER’S JOY

Beginning with Clyde's Insider Night pre-performance reception at Kendall's Brasserie. Here's Sweet Nicole, my CTG person... It was sort of a deli night nodding to the subject matter of Clyde's. Set Designer Akashi Kate was in conversation with Assoc. Artistic...

ABSOLUTELY THE BEST THANKSGIVING EVER!

First Mr. Turkey greeted everyone with a request to sign one of his feathers with a Thanksgiving statement! Wondrous Carol Soucek King... Precious Maryam... Adorable Sam and Maddie... Special thanks Precious Izabela and Wayne for the beautiful floral arrangement!...

MARCHING TOWARDS THANKSGIVING…

Bravo Adrian Spence, Founder and Artistic Director of Camerata Pacifica for the brilliant November concert at the Huntington Botanical Gardens. As always, brilliant pianist Soyeon Kate Lee was flawless! Principal Percussionist Ji Hey Jung is truly a force of nature...

WALK WITH ME…

...in the Garden of Our Friendship,' my third inspirational book published by Benjamin Darling at Laughing Elephant Books had its Zoom launch on November 1st! Dear Carol Soucek King had suggested that I include the meditations that I present for her fine Salon on the...

THREE BIRTHDAYS IN A ROW and OTHER JOYFUL STUFF…

Beginning with Delightful Susi at the Belvedere at the Peninsula which was very belated as her birthday is actually August 24th! Time has new dimensions now... Wishing you a whole year of happy days dear Susi! You even have an extra 'E'! Have you heard about...

A WONDERFUL BEGINNING TO OCTOBER…

I was pretty much in shock over the realization that summer is officially over. Fortunately Center Theatre Group had a delightful brunch on the first of October to soften the blow. Check in please... It's always fun to see Peggy Collins. I told her I want to live in...

A LOVELY REMEMBRANCE and CELEBRATING A DEAR FRIEND

Every year, on September 25th, Wondrous Carol Soucek King remembers my mother's birthday with a delightful celebration. This year it was at the Jonathan Beach Club where we had the loveliest setting and yummiest food. It was a joy to have dear Susi join us! Can you...

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...
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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THE GIFT OF A NEW YEAR…

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....

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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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