Monthly Archives: December 2015

But Is Is Art?

(Andy Warhol Liz #3 1963) Author’s Note: I’m taking off for the Christmas holidays, Dear Readers.  This will be my last post of the year.  I hope you thought this year’s Letter From Elba has been naughty and/or nice. I’ll … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Art Institute, pop culture | 10 Comments

Surf’s Up!

Now that the Chicago weather is gray and gloomy, it’s time for me to grab my bikini and head for my favorite beach. Movies, I mean. Sun, surf, sand, dune buggies, beach houses, surfboards, bonfires, Dick Dale and the battle … Continue reading

Posted in Movies, Nostalgia, pop culture | 8 Comments

Scents and Sensability

Do you remember owning a bottle of this?  Or giving one to your mother perhaps? And hey, boys.  Do you remember buying these?                         Do the names “Jade East” … Continue reading

Posted in New Trier High School, Nostalgia, Perfume, pop culture | 24 Comments

The Chairman

Author’s Note: This post is dedicated to Bernie Kerman.  Ring-a-ding-ding, baby. As you undoubtedly know by now, this Saturday, December 12, marks the hundredth birthday of Francis Albert Sinatra. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, he died on May 14, 1998 … Continue reading

Posted in Chicago, Music, Palm Springs, pop culture, Restaurants | 14 Comments


Hi, Dear Readers. It’s great to be back.  Hope you all had a marvelous holiday.  I sure did. I went to Seattle to visit my son, Nick, his beauteous wife Missy and the love of my son’s life, Lucy, their … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Seattle, Travel | 12 Comments