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Friday, June 17, 2016

While I’m in Vienna, my designing friend Stacy Lomman has been petsitting all the “animules,” as we call them. She’s their aunt, after all! Stacy told me that she took Edward the Dog to the dog run (Gigi the Dog stayed at home, because she hates most other dogs) and, on the way out of […]

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

My parents, GeorgeB and BarbaraB, will be married for 50 years on December 26. For half a century of marriage, you deserve more than a one-day celebration, so we kicked off the fun early. First, my mother received her Wendy Brandes anniversary ring in October.  Then, for Thanksgiving, my parents took the entire family went […]

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Ten years ago this month, on a visit to Scotland, I learned it isn’t always wise to grab a bull by the horns. Meet Hamish. Hamish the Highland cattle was one of several interesting animal-related sights in Scotland. I immediately sought out the statue of Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye terrier who supposedly spent 14 years […]

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

If you want to shoot a lion, shoot him with your camera. That’s what I did when I visited South Africa’s Thornybush Game Lodge in 2013. Look at this handsome fellow with the huge balls and silky mane! This dude’s hair was so on fleek. I mean, he was on fleek a full year before […]

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

FitzRoy the cat is closing in on 10,000 Instagram followers, so it shouldn’t surprise you that he and his younger brother, Purrkoy, have fans who are interested in meet-and-greets! Actually, cat-loving Kelli and Aaron have visited before. They were in New York again this weekend and came bearing gifts, including one of the weirdest cat […]

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

I really need to get back to writing my history-inspired posts! Here’s a throwback one in honor of the Chinese New Year. One of my favorite badass royal ladies was Empress Wu, as she’s known now. When she ruled China in the 7th century, she used the name Emperor Shensheng (spelling may vary), making her […]

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I was looking for Purrkoy the kitten recently. FitzRoy, his older cat brother, was like, “Kitten? What kitten? We have a kitten?” I think Fitz is tired of PK’s big butt blocking his view of the pigeons.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

November’s Jewel of the Month has come a few days early because, this week, the Pink Elephant and Tipsy Writer ring won honorary mention in the Amerian Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards eveningwear category! This ring is the sixth in my Maneater ring series (because of the AGTA award, the elephant has jumped ahead of […]

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Monday, October 6, 2014

FitzRoy and Purrkoy — my exotic shorthair kittehs — met two of their out-of-town fans this weekend.  “Stratsquam” (Kelli) and “WitnessTheThickness” (Aaron) are a lovely young couple who attended medical school together and who came to New York to interview for a residency. They’re also two of FitzRoy’s most ardent Instagram followers. Last week, Fitz […]

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Last month, I laughed out loud when I saw this “Bust the Myth” promotional campaign for shelter pets. “Shelter pets are not broken. Shelter pets are not damaged goods,” declared Adopt-a-Pet.com on Facebook, next to a cartoon of an adorably disintegrating cat-and-dog pair. It’s true that, if you’re sensible, you can pick out perfectly healthy […]

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