Monthly Archives: September 2013

A Cure for the Mondays

Person Sleeping on Desk

It’s Monday.  You’d rather be at home wearing your tiger-print onesie and finishing that 3,000-piece Metallica jigsaw puzzle.  Instead you’re at your desk wondering how you’re going to make it ’til 5 o’clock without vodka.

Mr. Forthright – author of How to Lose Weight Through Hibernation and How to Get Your Neighbors to Move - has the perfect advice for you! …READ MORE!


Fête Paradiso

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This weekend, I took a 9-minute boat ride to 19th century France.  Before you get me a strait jacket, let me explain… …READ MORE!


Junk Drawer: Week of September 27th, 2013

Rat Pack

Happy Friday, everyone!  Is it just me, or has this week been about as slow as a molasses drip?

I’m looking forward to the weekend!  I’m going to check out the Fete Paradiso on Governor’s Island, bake THIS, and – of course – see Don Jon (let’s compare notes on Monday).

Here’s a little link love to keep you cozy during our first fall weekend:

Big announcement – …READ MORE!


Are You a Pizza Purist?

Home Alone Pizza Limo

I didn’t care much for pizza when I was younger – I was that annoying kid at birthday parties who had to have a PB&J made just for me.  But it’s hard to get away with not liking pizza forever – especially in a city of 9 million pizza-eaters.  You will never have a lasting relationship.  You will never hold down a job.  And you will definitely never get invited to Grimaldi’s with Beyonce and Jay-Z.

So as I’ve gotten older, I’ve …READ MORE!


Paris and New York City: A Love Story

Patisserie and Pastrami

4 years ago, I had a short break between tv gigs and spent a summer in France.  To me, France was like one giant pause button in the middle of Europe – I lost all track of time, I consumed troves of art and music, and I fell heartbreakingly, irrevocably in love with French culture (and a few older men).  I like to joke that France is my spiritual home, but – the truth is – …READ MORE!


A Puppeteer and a Prophet

KermitI have always loved the Muppets (and not just for the musical numbers).  Jim Henson created something really magical when he gave us goofy, flawed, hopeful characters like Kermit, Beaker, and Fozzie.  And so this week, when he would have celebrated his 77th birthday, I give you my favorite Jim Henson quotes:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.

It all ends in one of two ways: either someone gets eaten or something blows up.

It has always been difficult to get Big Bird to be very pretty. Big Bird in England is much more gorgeous. …READ MORE!


Take a Deeeeep Breath

Caesar's Last Breath

You’ll never believe what I found out yesterday – unless, of course, you actually paid attention in high school chemistry.  (I did not because I was busy planning my future with Rob Lowe.)  I learned that every time we take a breath, we’re breathing in molecules from Julius Caesar’s last breath.  I will wait while this explodes like pop rocks in your brain.

Don’t believe me?  …READ MORE!


Interrobang Me

Grammar Someecards

While “interrobang” and the “sarcmark” may sound like new nightclubs in Berlin, they are, in fact, …READ MORE!


How to Put the “Fly” Back in Flying

Irazu Air

I spend a lot of time wondering how to cure my plane anxiety.  Thumb-sucking hasn’t helped.  Smooth jazz playlists definitely don’t help. Not even a purse full of candy helps.

But you know what WOULD help?  If flying looked a little more now like it did 40 years ago.

Let’s start with a fashion show after take-off: …READ MORE!


Family Secrets


I’ve been wanting to share this story for several weeks, but I wasn’t sure whether it fit with the content I write here on The Wonderist. I finally decided to throw caution to the wind because the themes of sacrifice and remarkable strength in this story are universal and inspiring. …READ MORE!