The Birthday Gift That Went for Gold

Jewels: It’s harder (and more expensive) to do memorable birthday gifts for Tatjana as she gets older. Now there’s someone special in her life whose birthday happens to be just a couple days before hers to think of too, so I decided to go for… Keep Reading »

Rock the Westway

The invitation reads “ ‘Rock n Roll’ and ‘Public Library’ shouldn’t mix, one phrase is brash, loud the other sedate and quiet. Yet these two cultures are about to collide. For the first time since the 1850 Library Act that much loved British institution the… Keep Reading »

Prince Still Rules My World

Tatjana and I are beyond bereft with the news. We have all have just lost another of the all-time great geniuses, and my personal favorite. 2016 seems to be the year of the grim reaper, but my lord what a jam is happening in heaven… Keep Reading »

The Life & Times of David Bowie: Act II

I’m still so sad over the loss of David Bowie, both as an avid fan and an old friend. Thank you so much for the sheer pleasure your incredible body of work brought us all, and the warmth of your friendship. I hold so many… Keep Reading »

A First for the First Dinner of the Decade

 When Nick rang to wish Tatjana a Happy New Year, he let it slip that Tatjana is actually a really good cook. I have no doubt this is a skill she was hiding from me deliberately because she loves for me to make all her old… Keep Reading »

Ten Commandments of Healthy Holiday Eating

“Indulgence vs. gluttony does not = deprivation” – the Jewels theory.
Navigating the holidays without gaining weight is difficult, but doable when you know how to make healthy eating choices. Contrary to popular belief, Thanksgiving does not mean you have to stuff your face full of absurd amounts of fat,… Keep Reading »

Whining and Dining

We’ve all been there. Spent a fortune on a meal out on the town with that someone special only to have a screaming child take the romantic out of our rendezvous. What are the parents doing? Ignoring the offending behavior. Trust me, Tatjana had her moments… Keep Reading »

Venezia

Even though I’ve visited Venice several times in my life, I still found that every where I turned there seemed to be another photo op beckoning. I’m convinced I could spend a lifetime here, and still never unravel all the mysteries that lurk within the… Keep Reading »

The Trans Atlantic Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can be confusing in my family, since my daughter and I live on different continents. To complicate matters further, in England they celebrate Mother’s Day in March, so it’s hard for Tatjana to know exactly what day it will fall on in America.
Me… Keep Reading »

Graveyard Grooving on Halloween

Tatjana likes frequenting graveyards. I know she often takes her daily strolls through one in London, and you may recall her penchant for watching films in the Hollywood Forever cemetery.
Tatjana Rhodes & Millie Brown at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
At first I thought, “Oh no! That’s just… Keep Reading »

Friday Food Tips: PCA Cooking for One

I couldn’t be happier or more excited, because my daughter is on a plane headed towards Los Angeles as I write this, but normally it’s dinner for one around here. I know a lot of my single friends think that means it’s not worth cooking…. Keep Reading »

To My Birthday Girl

I am so happy you have someone to love in your life. Better still, someone with a birthday just two days apart from your own – you’ll always have each other to celebrate with. I’m looking forward to a belated celebration next week, but it is… Keep Reading »

Happy Honeymoons, UN-Anniversary, and Birthdays

After five years of writing about my life ‘from VIP entrances in Versace to service entrances in my apron‘ I’m running out of ideas on how to keep you entertained by a wedding that happened three decades ago (wow, another Rip Van Winkle moment). I’m a… Keep Reading »