On Being a Late Bloomer

I never thought I'd be a late bloomer. Growing up I always had great plans for my future. From movie star aspirations (not actress, mind you, movie star) as a little girl, to goals of being a great litigator as a young woman, I always thought I'd be able to answer the question "What do you do?" … Continue reading On Being a Late Bloomer

In Memoriam, Rufus

Last September Rufus ambled his way into my life. With his long, lanky Basset Hound body, his ground-grazing ears, and his insouciant air he found his way quickly into my heart as well. In part I was looking for someone to take care of--I was getting a little lonely without a dog around--and an older dog seemed … Continue reading In Memoriam, Rufus

Dinner in Barcelona

Dinner at eight is lovely. It's also been tradition in my family; sometime between 8:00 and 8:30 pm is when we have gathered at the table for dinner for as long as I can remember. I guess it's a carryover from our Italian culture. Inevitably we would take our time eating and talking around the … Continue reading Dinner in Barcelona

The Proust Questionnaire, Racing Edition: H. Allen Jerkens – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation

The Proust Questionnaire, Racing Edition: H. Allen Jerkens - Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps - Horse Racing Nation. He's known as the Chief. Sometimes, he's called the Giant Killer (which he does not like, by the way). Otherwise, it's just Mr. Jerkens. Whatever you call him, he is a Thoroughbred racing legend--2011 marks his … Continue reading The Proust Questionnaire, Racing Edition: H. Allen Jerkens – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation