✢ Sunnylands, Southern California ✢

We all day dream at times, right? Some of us more than others, admit-tingly. As summer approaches, and it’s time for some much needed R&R, I run right to Sunnylands (in my mind, anyway).



Nancy and Ronald Reagan







Designed by A. Quincy Jones in the mid 1960’s for Walter Annenberg and his wife as a vacation home. It quickly became a haven for presidents and diplomats as a retreat for meetings and discussions. Who could not be at peace in Sunnylands?

With the design eye of William Harris and Ted Graber, they fused pinks with green, reds with yellow, florals and cheeky accents. Oh, I’m liking this Sunnylands dream, alright. Beats the office any day.  ❈

✢ Yogurt and Yields


The children got a few funds, with which they were nudged to learn about stocks and investing.  Overwhelmed myself, we made an appointment with our friends at Family Asset Management here in Charleston.  Dan Russler gave homework for each child to record information on five companies of their choice.   Being that the word “homework” is seemingly tabu among this crowd, I thought this was going to be a chore.  We took off to Tutti Frutti to grab some frozen yogurt inspiration.

We had a great time.  Long after we devoured our treat, they were glassy-eyed but still at it.  They seem to be Wall Street junkies in the making!  Retirement here we come! (Well, one day) ❈

✢ The Launch!


What Inspires You?

I imagine it is as unique to each of us; as unique as we are created to be! I, for one, am consistently inspired be folks born way before me. Sometimes I wonder if I should have been born in a genre prior. I do not have a TV, I like simplicity, and I am a quirky old soul. With that said, I am in awe of my precious Grandmother (now 94). She has more grace, style, and loveliness in her pinky finger than I can imagine emulating. Continue reading