half a century. makes a girl think.

There's a scene in Billy Wilder's Some Like it Hot when they're on the train to Florida and talking in the bathroom. Sugar (Marilyn Monroe) tells Josephine (Tony Curtis) that she's turning 25 in June. "That's a quarter of a century," she says. "Makes a girl think." In April 2018, I will turn 50. That's half a century.... Continue Reading →

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50 questions: jim luerssen

NAME | James Alan Luerssen Jr AGE | 44 HOMETOWN | Westfield NJ HOW DO WE KNOW EACH OTHER? | we worked together at Defenders   FAVORITE COLOR | green   FAVORITE ANIMAL | blue whale, dog https://youtu.be/bgiPTUy2RqI FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK/EXECUTION MEAL | sushi and ice cream   FAVORITE BAND/MUSICIAN/SONG | Tom Petty https://youtu.be/h0JvF9vpqx8   FAVORITE... Continue Reading →

50 questions: deb houghtaling

NAME | Debra Jean Houghtaling AGE | 49 HOMETOWN | Greenfield Iowa   HOW DO WE KNOW EACH OTHER? | we were both in the Detroit Revitalization Fellowship, Cohort III, 2015 - 2017 FAVORITE COLOR | blue or green   FAVORITE ANIMAL | platypus FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK/EXECUTION MEAL | pork tenderloin sandwich, it’s an Iowa thing... Continue Reading →

50 questions | robin runyan

  NAME | Robin Elizabeth Runyan AGE | 39 HOMETOWN | Cadillac Michigan HOW DO WE KNOW EACH OTHER? | y’all invited me to 8 Mile when I started working at Curbed, I never ended up doing the story but we became friends   FAVORITE COLOR | light bright green, peridot   FAVORITE ANIMAL |... Continue Reading →

50 questions | louisa moore

  NAME   | Louisa Moslyn Moore AGE | 44 HOMETOWN | Warsaw NC HOW DO WE KNOW EACH OTHER? | we worked together at Defenders, early aughts FAVORITE COLOR | black FAVORITE ANIMAL | platypus  FAVORITE FOOD/DRINK/EXECUTION MEAL | cheese pizza, green beans and iced tea FAVORITE BAND/MUSICIAN/SONG | Weezer / Paul McCartney / Up... Continue Reading →

50 works of art | Vermeer’s scientists

  "Vermeer's paintings demonstrate a willingness to be interested in the greater world, both terrestrial and celestial, and an awareness of the knowledge of both spheres needed for navigation—a world beyond Delft."       Louvre show at MIA has Hitler's favorite painting Vermeer's masterpiece, was stolen by the Nazis for the Führer. This is... Continue Reading →

50 books | master list

GOAL = read 50 books (at least) in 2018 I'm keeping track of my books on GoodReads.com, and keeping all the books I read this year on a shelf, year50. If I have something deep and real to say about a book, I'll write a review but I won't force it. Freedom of Speech: Mightier... Continue Reading →

50 books | unoffendable

Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen Paperback, 214 pages Published April 14th 2015 by Thomas Nelson GOODREADS SYNOPSIS Not entitled to get angry? Really? It’s a radical, provocative idea: We’re not entitled to get offended or stay angry. The idea of our own “righteous anger” is a myth. It... Continue Reading →

50 books | the guerilla art kit

The Guerilla Art Kit by Keri Smith Hardcover, 144 pages Published July 26 2007 by Princeton Architectural Press SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS We are living in a golden age of self-expression. The explosion of user-created content on blogs and social networking sites moved Time magazine to name "You" their 2006 person of the year. But while we may be spending... Continue Reading →

50 books | shrill by lindy west

turns out i knew about her impact on standup comedy and twitter without knowing her name and i read the book without knowing what it was about. rifling through one of the many, many, many free little libraries in DC*, i found this bright red book subtitled "notes from a loud woman." i might be... Continue Reading →

50 movies | The Heiress

Watched January 2018 A young naive woman falls for a handsome young man who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a fortune hunter. Won 4 Oscars, 8 nominations This was the first and only time I have seen the movie and had never even heard of it so I went into it with zero expectations other... Continue Reading →

50 questions | 3 generations

January 20, 2018 at the Farm and the first time all my sisters have been together since our dad died in 2011. My mom and one of my many nieces were also in attendance so I took the occasion to play 50 questions with all of them. NAMES | Betty White (mom), Karen Masters, Mary... Continue Reading →

50 questions | patty cramer

NAME | Patricia Cramer AGE | 57 HOMETOWN | Setauket, NY HOW DO WE KNOW EACH OTHER | professional, road ecology, became friends 1 favorite color | turquoise 2 favorite animal | horse 3 favorite food/drink/execution meal | shrimp & polenta 4 favorite band/musician/song | Pat Benatar & Melissa Etheridge 5 favorite movie/director/actor | Princess... Continue Reading →

50 things

As part of my Year 50, I'm giving myself the homework of exploring 50 new things in a bunch of categories: 50 works of art 50 books 50 countries (just read about them, not visit) 50 movies 50 songs 50 days of service 50 vocabulary words 50 questions with 50 friends  

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