Julie Andrews & Carol Burnett at Carnegie Hall


Recently, I stumbled upon a post about Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett performing at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Somehow in my life I have managed to miss this incredible pairing.

They are known to best friends ever since they started working on Broadway at the same time around 1959. But I did not realize they actually performed at Carnegie Hall together.

The show was titled Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall and aired on CBS in 1962.

The performance is stellar. Both clearly at the top of their game, both with so much potential before their careers really took off.

If you have about 10 minutes, watch their work.

It’s masterful.




Won’t You Be My Neighbor


Won’t You Be My Neighbor is a documentary film about Fred Rogers. Mister Rogers was primarily known for his TV show titled Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

When I was young, my Mom would sit me down in front of the little television, serve lunch on a TV tray, and let me watch Sesame Street, followed by Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, follwed by The Electric Company.

Truth be told I enjoyed The Electric Company first, Sesame Street second, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood third. But that is through the eyes of a 5 year old kid who liked funny things and more energy.

What is so rewarding about this documentary is to witness the pure kindness and consideration he has towards children. His life was dedicated to helping kids better understand themselves and the world.

Something we all need, even as adults.

Quotes by Fred Rogers:

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.






It’s been a while since I have seen such a compelling, well-done biographical documentary. RBG is just that.

It’s at times moving, empowering, and thought provoking. And at the viewing I attended the audience cheered.

Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, you have to admire the sheer will and determination of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. RBG is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

It’s such an example of the best intelligence and leadership the United States can offer from one of it’s own.





The Giving Tree


The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a modern Children’s Book classic. First published in 1964 it has gone on to become one of the best selling children’s books of all time.

It is a simple story of the selfless love a tree has for a little boy. Continuing to give from themself (the tree) whatever resources it has to the little boy as he grows into an old man.

It’s both painful and beautiful to read. Challenging to reader to consider what it means to give, and what it means to receive.

It does speak to something very basic in the human experience. Giving and receiving love. Both painful and beautiful.

From Wikipedia:

As of 2001, over 5 million copies of the book had been sold, placing it 14th on a list of hardcover “All-Time Bestselling Children’s Books” from Publishers Weekly.[9] By 2011, 8.5 million copies of the book had been sold.[7]

In a 1999–2000 National Education Association online survey of children, among the “Kids’ Top 100 Books,” the book was 24th.[10] Based on a 2007 online “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” poll by the National Education Association, the book came in third.[11] It was 85th of the “Top 100 Picture Books” of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.[12] Scholastic Parent & Child magazine placed it #9 on its list of “100 Greatest Books for Kids” in 2012.[13] As of 2013, it ranked third on a Goodreads list of “Best Children’s Books.”[14]



Commencement Speeches


It’s commencement season. Students are graduating from High Schools and Colleges around the country and world.

This seasonal, rite of passage, gives us all time to reflect on the chapters in our lives. The moments when we can celebrate an accomplishment, the ending of a goal, the beginning of the next chapter.

From wikipedia: A commencement speech or commencement address is a speech given to graduating students, generally at a university, generally in the United States, although the term is also used for secondary education institutions. The “commencement” is a ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are conferred upon graduating students.

Here’s to the Class of 2018!

May your lives be full of hope, success, happiness, and love.



Below is a link to an article with the 20 Best Commencement Speeches of all time.(According to Esquire)




We recently rewatched Big starring Tom Hanks and directed by Penny Marshall. It’s one of those rare films that touches on such specific emotions about childhood, growing older, love, play, wonder.

While some aspects are showing age: hairstyles, clothing. The story remains rather timeless: a 13 year old boy makes a wish and wants to be “big”. His wish is granted as he struggles to survive and figure out how to get back to being a kid again.

The film was nominated for Best Actor (Tom Hanks), and Best Screenplay.

It’s a gem of a little film.