Friday was anything but black for me. In fact it was extra colorful at the Whitney Museum. I decided to forgo a day of Black Friday shopping choosing, instead, to see the Frank Stella Retrospective. I hadn’t been down to the new Whitney in the Meatpacking District since it opened in May. I love the Renzo Piano-designed building, as well the new exhibit spaces within the building. Despite some of the harsh reviews of the Frank Stella Retrospective, I really enjoyed it. Stella’s earlier work is considered by most critics to be more impressive and groundbreaking than his more recent works. However, you should make it a point to go to the show and judge it for yourself. It is located at Gansevoort and Washington Streets.
Guest Post by Josette
It has been nearly 400 years since the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth, seeking religious freedom and a better life. All of these years later, many people continue to arrive in the United States, , pursuing the same goals and dreams as those early settlers. Sometimes we forget to give thanks for the simple things in life: freedom, hope, love, and family. It takes a federal holiday, once a year, on the fourth Thursday of November to remind us to take pause and give thanks.
The holiday, however, has morphed quite a bit since the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags sat down for their celebratory feast. While the festive meal remains the cornerstone of most families’ Thanksgiving celebrations, parades and sporting events have become part of the tradition, as well. In New York City, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, which began in 1924, draws large crowds along its parade route and is seen on television by tens of millions of people, world-wide. Happy Thanksgiving!
Mayor DeBlasio has backed off of his campaign promise to ban horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. I guess that he came to the realization that there are more pressing issues in New York City than horse-drawn carriages. In fact, these carriages have been an institution in this city, probably since the founding of this great city, and tourists come here expecting to take a spin around Central Park in one of them. Hopefully, there are proper safeguards in effect that will ensure the safety and well-being of these horses. So go ahead and enjoy a ride around the park this holiday weekend.
The City of Light may temporarily be dimmed, but it can never be extinguished. The heinous acts of terrorism and violence in Paris and elsewhere around the world have brought out love and compassion among peace-loving people everywhere.
My heart goes out to all of Paris!
A controversy over a cup? I must say that the Starbucks holiday cup is a little bland this year, but it is certainly not an assault on Christmas. There are so many ills in the world: disease, terrorism, and poverty, to name a few. I wish that the boycotters would devote their time and energy toward eliminating these devastating problems and leave the coffee cups alone.
I took up cross country running because it is a life long sport that I can do anywhere that life takes me. It requires no special equipment, nor expensive court reservations. I can do it with a friend, a team, or on my own.
Running has many health benefits*, both physical and mental. It improves pulmonary and cardiovascular health, strengthens and lengthens the legs and other body parts, and it relaxes and clears the mind. Some people truly love running; others tolerate it, but all benefit from it. Running in the woods, as we do, can be tricky as one navigates rocks, tree roots, and other obstacles. Races are usually no more than 5 kilometers, which is not especially long, but when participants race on hilly, uneven, obstacle-laden courses, 5 km can be grueling. The sense of accomplishment, at the end of a race, is immeasurable.
* Always consult a doctor before engaging in any strenuous, physical activities.
Recently, there has been a movement underway that is encouraging men to let their facial hair grow out during the month of November. The goal is to raise awareness and funds for cancers affecting men, such as prostate and testicular cancer. To learn more, go to www.no-shave.org
My wardrobe generally consists of neutral colors such as grays and blacks, and my lip products tend to be colorless. Recently, I have begun experimenting with reds. I feel a little self-conscious wearing red, but I also feel a bit bold and daring. Find the shade that suits you. It doesn’t have to be fire engine-red; it could be wine, maroon, or burgundy, too.