Girls just gotta have shoes

It was love at first sight. As soon as my eyes landed on that incredible pair of Jimmy Choo python pumps in the May issue of Vogue I found myself longing not only for the shoes but for my twenty-year-old feet to put in them. Even though it's been years, or more like decades since I've been able to strut my stuff in killer heels, the old longing and feeling of empowerment bestowed on us by stilettos never leaves us. I could so easily picture my former self wearing those…

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The hairacy of the American election is predictible

Many years ago I read that the presidential candidate with the best hair always wins the American election. The evidence confirms that no bald guys (or gals) since Eisenhower have qualified and everyone from John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton seems to bear this out. More hair = more votes. There has been a lot of discussion about Donald's Trump's hair (or whatever it is) but, surprisingly, not much has been said about Hillary's hair. Ordinarily, as a feminist I would object to too much attention being…

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The Paris Librarian meets his Waterloo in mysterious circumstances

Any book with the word Paris in the title automatically goes on my "To Read" list. This has resulted in my venturing into murder mysteries which is not my normal choice for reading material and The Paris Librarian by Mark Pryor was a nice little break. American Embassy security agent Hugo Marston enlists the help of his librarian friend Paul Rogers at the American Library in Paris, to source rare and affordable books for his collection. When he learns Rogers is curating the papers of Isabelle Severin, a famous ex-pat…

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I never thought it could happen to me . . . but it did . . . and it could be you.

Just the other day I listened sympathetically to the story of how my ninety-one-year-old aunt had her purse stolen as she was loading her groceries into the back of her car last week at the supermarket (hopefully I have those genes that will allow me to still shop on my own and drive at ninety-one). It's a horrible experience for anyone much less someone in their nineties. Sympathetic as I was, I also felt a bit smug because I'm overly cautious about my own purse in public. I use a…

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Liar, liar, pants on fire!

A celebrity interviewer once asked Cher what quality she most detests in other people. Her answer was immediate and simple, "Lying." Cher holds honesty in high regard and the fact that that one question has stuck with me all these years later attests to its profound impact. I have always felt that lies, even tiny "white" ones have no place in daily life. Bear in mind that withholding the truth is not the same thing. For example, in order to not hurt someone's feelings, it's sometimes prudent to not tell…

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Love is challenged during the early war years

Chris Cleave wrote Everyone Brave is Forgiven after finding his grandfather's letters to his grandmother written during World War II. Cleave's grandfather was stationed in Malta with Randolph Churchill, son of Winston Churchill during the siege that left the forces starving and without support. While the story is fictional, it is based on events spanning from the start of the war until June 1942. Mary North is the energetic eighteen-year-old daughter of a Member of Parliament when war breaks out in 1939. She immediately signs up for volunteer duty and…

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