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Sunday, April 10, 2005
Not too hard to master
The art of losing isn't hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster. Lose something every day. Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. The art of losing isn't hard to master. Then practice losing farther, losing faster: places, and names, and where it was you meant to travel. None of these will bring disaster. I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or next-to-last, of three loved houses went. The art of losing isn't hard to master. I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster, some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent. I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster. ---Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident the art of losing's not too hard to master though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster. -- Elizabeth Bishop, One Art Happy 51st Birthday Dad PS: My hosting gig airs on TV tonight here in Manhattan. (read more)

Posted by Tara at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 4:43 PM PST
Thursday, April 7, 2005
Mr. Softee
I mean the ice cream, not my ex-boyfriend, lol! Cheap joke :) But seriously, have you had the soft-serve ice cream from one of their trucks? I love chocolate but the soft-serve vanilla is to die for.

I was having a hellish afternoon, running around the city in the 75 degree sun, sweating through my new smart cotton dress shirt, trying to get video camera footage transported to VHS. Like a beacon of light I spotted a Mr. Softee truck on the street corner. I said to myself, "Self, you deserve some cold ice cream."

Since I had several bags hanging from around my neck and holding my discarded jacket in one hand, I couldn't eat my ice cream with the blue spoon they gave me. So not wanting to wait, I put my face right into the cup of delicious flavorful fluff while continuing walking. It was heaven in a cup! I finally found a bench outside of a health gym. Needless to say I got angry and coveting looks from the people coming in and out of the gym, who thought I was there to mock or temp them, haha.

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Posted by Tara at 9:01 PM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 11:29 AM PDT
Wednesday, April 6, 2005
Steel Magnolias
The 80s tear jerker film, Steel Magnolias, is now on Broadway and with a GREAT cast playing the six women in a Louisiana beauty salon sharing laughter, tears and strength.

Delta Burke is in the Dolly Parton role
Christine Ebersole (SNL 81-82, Folks, My Girl 2) as the mother of...
Rebecca Gayheart (Dylan's wife in 90210) who plays the Julia Roberts part.
Marsha Mason plays the cantankerous and funny Ouiser.
Lily Rabe is the new comer to town. This is one of her first Broadway roles and she does an excellent job.
Frances Sternhagen, Charlotte's uptight mother-in-law from "Sex and the City," steals the show as the classy Mayor's widow.

I'm a fan of Marsha Mason, which is why I pre-ordered tickets for my mother and me. For those of you who still haven't seen her in the 70s romantic drama, The Goodbye Girl or Max Dugan Returns, then what are you waiting for? Since Mason is no stranger to the theater, she of course did a great job projecting and looked at home on the stage. I just wish her character was in more scenes.

Of course, I was also looking forward to seeing Delta Burke. I loved her in Designing Women, and I thought she did a good job playing the gentle but gossipy hair dresser. She also looked great. At times though she spoke a little too softly but was still very endearing.

Gayheart was OK, but she definitely got overshadowed by the amazing talent around her.

Although I was excited to see the play, I hoped it wasn't just like the movie, which I've seen a dozen times, because that would be boring. It wasn't! The whole story takes place in the beauty salon and none of the male characters appear, instead they are just referenced. There's also a bit more social commentary in the play that I did not remember from the film. Plus the new actresses brought the characters to life in a new way. Oh and you gotta love the 80s hair and outfits... and did I mention the Southern Charm?

I think I cried harder during the ending of the play than I did in the movie, because having the raw emotion screamed at you from a few feet away is very powerful. Also, every woman there was trying to keep the tears in or at least be quiet about the crying, which made it even harder.

Review: A sweet comedy, Magnolia's gets a smashing new run

Posted by Tara at 9:01 PM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 11:29 AM PDT
Tuesday, April 5, 2005
HERE IN SPIRIT(S): ELVIS-INSPIRED WINES MAKING A SPLASH
Cox News Service

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Here's a wine to get all shook up over: It's the Elvis Presley wines produced by Graceland Cellars. The first vintages of Elvis Presley vinos were released last fall and sales have been extremely strong.

"We launched Graceland Cellars as a tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll," said Scott Cahill, president of Graceland Cellars' parent, Signature wines. The winery is in Hayward, Calif., a northern coastal area. "But while the soul of our company is in Memphis, our products are firmly planted in innovative California winemaking."

Getting Elvis Presley Enterprises to allow them to use the trademark took time and assurance of a quality product, he said. "We couldn't ask for a better partner than Elvis Presley Enterprises. People feel a real connection to Elvis and that opens the doors to our wines. The quality in the bottle is what brings them back."

Graceland Cellars is releasing 20,000 cases of the wines this year; area buyers can expect to see them in retail shops within the next month. Blue Suede Chardonnay, Jailhouse Red Merlot, and The King Cabernet Sauvignon will have a suggested retail price of $12 a bottle.

"Wine and celebrations go hand-in-hand," Cahill said, "What could be more fun than bringing Elvis to a dinner party?"

Posted by Tara at 9:01 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, April 10, 2005 1:59 PM PDT
Sunday, April 3, 2005
Strike a pose, there's nothing to it, Vogue!
After a long week, my friends and I had a girls night out yesterday. The bar we went to had a black and white photo booth in the back. After a couple of Tiki drinks, we couldn't resist.

We tried to start with a group photo and then run out of the shot for single photos. I would drop to the floor, my other friend would press up against the side, while my other friend was supposed to make a funny face. Apparently, they got camera shy and couldn't think of what to do when the light flashed, because they are laughing while I was doing wacky things. Maybe that was their plan all along though ;)

Take a look, for one of the shots we were not ready for the camera to flash yet. haha

Attention Fellas! If you are supposed to meet up with a woman or are going out for the evening where you plan to pick-up or hook-up with some random lady, well remember this, BREATH MINTS! Come on, common sense. No one's breath smells good after beer or dinner. I habitually pop gum in fear I'll offend someone, it's not hard to do. Plus it costs less than $1 to buy! Just do it! Personally, I'd rather kiss an ashtray than ass breath.

Posted by Tara at 10:17 AM PST
Updated: Sunday, April 24, 2005 1:30 PM PDT

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