Appetizer Networking

September 9, 2017

I decided to have my dinner at the restaurant bar instead of a table. I don’t usually order an appetizer, but I heard the appetizer special was avocado salad and it intrigued me. I didn’t ask the specifics and when it was served it was a piece of art and a taste sensation . The tower of tomatoes were just picked from the owner’s garden. It was stunning and the perfect ice breaker for conversation with others seated around the bar.

We shared introductions, reasons for selecting the...

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September 3, 2017

Evidence that Bushwick, Brooklyn is a hot spot for innovative Art kept creeping on my radar. When I learned that Michael Alan opens on Saturday evenings, I was intrigued enough to arrange a visit.

His canvas on this occasion was the naked body and his approach, multimedia. 

I navigated three trains to get there and arrived in a neighborhood both foreign and eclectic. In his cozy studio Michael painted on and sculpted three subjects who playfully co-created with him. Music and props were...

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Bring a Vase

August 20, 2017

I signed up for a class on flower arranging even though people tell me, this is a natural skill for me. It was in a town I had yet to visit and the class was an immersive 3 hours. Sounded like a relaxing day trip for me.

A bit off the beaten trail, I felt transported during the drive through the wooded area. The class was in a barn and upon entering the focal point was baskets of fresh flowers of every shape, color and texture.

We gathered for tips on growing, cutting and prepping the...

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Audience Celebrity

July 31, 2017

I went to a show, “What’ s Your Problem at an Improvisation Theatre. There were two opportunities for intense engagement - putting a problem in the hat and having part of the show devoted to hearing advice or being a audience guest panel member. As a solo traveler I like the opportunity to actively engage versus being a voyeur.

I entered both lotteries realizing selection would mean a step out of the comfort zone. As we approached the final segment of the show, my name was pulled to...

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Small Town Feel

July 23, 2017

The closest view of Lady Liberty other than from a boat, the famous Steve’s Key Lime Pies and the Red Hook Winery are within a block of one another. Some consider Red Hook as "off the beaten trail" because subway and bus transport options are skinny. But if you are heading there by car, there is ample free street parking. Or if it’s a beautiful sunny day, there’s ferry service from Manhattan.

When you arrive, don’t let the look of the neighborhood fool you. It’s mixed industrial and...

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