Mural by Jackson Pollock

Atoms of Gratitude: Enduring Beauty

I stole a couple hours with my “Aunt” (close family friend) Mary Pappajohn to tour the Des Moines Art Center while I was home last week. As we ate lunch, I looked out over the building I took art lessons in as a child from… Keep Reading »

The Life & Times of David Bowie: Act II

I’m still so sad over the loss of David Bowie, both as an avid fan and an old friend. Thank you so much for the sheer pleasure your incredible body of work brought us all, and the warmth of your friendship. I hold so many… Keep Reading »

The Frequent Flier

If I had a dollar for every mile I have traveled I’d be on the Forbes Fortune 500 list by now. In an earlier post I mentioned that I missed my flight home from London. Virgin Atlantic mercifully put me on a flight the next… Keep Reading »

Yoko Ono & Kitchen Spring Cleaning

We met Yoko Ono at dinner one evening many years ago in New York. We offered her a lift home, and she invited us up to the apartment in the Dakota. Nick reverently played John Lennon’s piano, while I accompanied Yoko to the kitchen to… Keep Reading »

Born Again Art, Friends, & Food

We’d all had dinner at our usual fav, Mr. Chow in New York. “…Then all the wives – Julie Anne (Rhodes) and Teresa (Scharf) – got up and went to Nell’s in one car, knowing the husbands would have to follow, they wanted to kick… Keep Reading »

Christie’s, Warhol, and What’s In It For You?

It was an intensely exciting experience to watch the record breaking Post-War & Contemporary Art auction at Christie’s. Not only was it the first time I’ve sold a painting – it was also my first auction, so I picked a doozy to attend. The proceeds on… Keep Reading »

Andy Warhol & The Art of Business

In a blog post entitled Bag Lady Chooses Art Treasures Over Home I proclaimed ” I’d end up homeless before I would sell, but at least I’ll have cool artwork in my bag lady bags.” Well… all I can say is it is woman’s prerogative to change her mind, or… Keep Reading »

Friday Food Tips: Cooking With Herbs

I like to think of cooking as painting with flavor. Herbs and spices are part of those hues (that if used properly), can accentuate and elevate a simple recipe from ordinary to sublime. Here are a few of my tips on how to use them… Keep Reading »

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Birthday Memories and Milestones

You’d think by now I would’ve developed a little more “cool,” if not downright mystery about my birthdays, but I still get as excited about them as a three -year-old would. My parents are driving in from Palm Springs today to spoil me all weekend,… Keep Reading »

Sobriety’s Pleasure Groove

I know this may sound strange, because I had absolutely nothing to do it, but I was so proud to watch my old partner in well, you know…. John Taylor presented with the  2013 Writers in Treatment Experience, Strength, & Hope Award for “demonstrating character,… Keep Reading »

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Let’s play a game! My ex and I used to play “guess who’s coming to dinner.” You can have ten people for a sit down dinner, dead or alive (from any period of time). It should be people you don’t know, but would like to meet…. Keep Reading »

Bag Lady Chooses Art Treasures Over Home

After my last blog post, a man asked me if I still had my Keith Haring artwork? My reply was, “Of course – they are like family heirlooms. I’d end up homeless before I would sell, but at least I’ll have cool artwork in my bag… Keep Reading »

The World According to Andy

At sixteen I inherited some money, and promptly spent it on Andy Warhol’s Wicked Witch from the myth series. I had no inkling that a few years later this girl from Iowa would be rubbing shoulders with my favorite artist – regularly dining at Mr…. Keep Reading »