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October 2020

The beauty and mystery of the ocean, fills our lives with wonders, vast beyond our imagination.”
– M.L. Borges
“Showgirl on the Go Go”

Once again super proud and honored to co-chair the Oceana Gala this year. But its virtual. Still they did it right and a big shout out to my friend Susan Rockefeller so makes the best events happen because of her passion and her purpose, which I have been thinking a lot about. Joe Biden gave a great speech about him rising everyday with purpose and I do think and have been examining mine that it makes the difficult, shitty things and this year included bearable.

But back to Oceana. They so rightly honored Jane Fonda for her work and the attention she is drawing to the climate crises. Sting performed and it was a fun event. Even though we all did not meet in person in the iconic Rainbow Room as we have, I still wore a little something so everyone would recognize me. Check out their organization if you are looking to donate to a great cause that does make a difference, which is why we became so excited for them. They get legislation passed around the world to stop overfishing, pollution and on and on . . .

I was thrilled to be able to participate in Entity and Entity Magazine (check it out if you have not) the mentor young women about so many things. I spoke about writing and my process and how, a non-college, self-taught writer became a bestseller and highly praised author. The girls were interested and interested, and I love helping the next generation along their path to raising their voice, finding their stories, because they matter. And that is my passion. As you know, I write and direct films about women, mostly marginalized and stigmatized, giving voice to many who are no longer her to say that their lives and their careers – their stories – mattered.

We have just started sending out the flying to my 2021 Mentoring Program for underserved women. Please pass it along. I’m looking to serve 18-28-year-olds in the Santa Barbara area, via zoom. Its gonna be inspired and uplifting for all of us and I appreciate your help. Info at Participants have a chance to be published in Entity Mag which has over 1 million viewers!!! Let’s help give the next generation a chance.

Viva La Granada

Oh my gosh, this event was so fun. Cabaret with Kabaretti and I hope that it will motivate others to get back to live performing. The musicians were social distanced on the stage, the horns behind plexiglass. Everyone was masked. The only one who weren’t was myself, when I was talking to the “audience” and doing a surprise performance and the fabulous Broadway star Lisa Vroman who sings like an angel! You can still check it out, it supports not only the Santa Barbara Symphony and the Granada Theatre. I gave my time, and I also bought a ticket. A worthy event, just to hear live music again!!!
A new word according to several sources came into being during the Siege of Paris in 1870. Starving citizens were queuing for food, bread, meat, rats, cats and dogs (I kid you not, but what would you eat if there was no food.) The Prussians had surrounded Paris and waiting to bombarde them. In the meantime, they made sure precious little food and other supplies reached the city. You’ll hopefully be reading more about all that . . .
Pumpkin in Paris
On a quiet street near the Madeleine (my go-to church in Paris, which was the church of the courtesans) there used to be a restaurant owned and run by a Madame Busque. Her specialty? She served Pumpkin Pie. Inside she decorated her humble – I think- establishment with a coat of arms of America (eagle and arrows, I didn’t know we had a coat of arms) Amongst gingerbread, donuts, apple and mince pies she served a popular pumpkin. Her establishment was popular, especially with visiting Americans such as poets, journalists, members of congress and artists, but also Parisian luminaries such as Balzac who claimed, “few Parisian restaurants are so well worth seeing.” (Side note, ‘cuz I love side notes, I read “mince” is thin in French and “pie” was the name of a special bird. So, if you ordered a mince pie, you might think you were ordering a thin magpie.)
The Witches
Thank you pandemic, but The Witches is out on HBO Max (I think you can get a free 7 days) check it out, it is so good and I’m very proud of hubby and that cast!!! We had our own celebration, mice cookies, witches brew and a red carpet. Not going to let 2020 get us down!!!

Palm Trees
Because this is On Zee Go . . . mama/wife got away to Palm Springs for “me” time. And of course, this being 2020, I got food poisoning the first night and spent most of the next day in bed and elsewhere (TMI). Nice to see everyone wearing masks here, even more than last time. Days are so warm, nights getting COLD. But its good to have my private time, see a few friends for social distance dinners and feel that I’ve actually gone somewhere. And it is the “season” – restaurants full, sunshine . . . the normal California thang.

Two Chefs and a Baker Walk Into A . . .
Meet with my friends Iron Chef Cat Cora (she’s got a new place in Montecito, “Mesa Burger” and my other amazing chef friend David Verzello. We are collaborating on something (two chefs and one baker) more on that later.

Burlesque and Pinup Emojis

Next month I have another book club zoom, this one for “Feuding Fan Dancers.” Super excited for it. If your BOOK CLUB would like me to visit via Skype, I’m available. It’s been fun coming into your homes, sending specialty FAN cocktail recipes before for you all to try, email me at if you want me to join in. A questionnaire is on the website to download for your Book Club

I have really been blasting through books. I read every author I have on my IG and YouTube series “Write for Success.” Every author. Plus, I’m reading for my writing, research, and thrillers cuz I feel violent these days, and good stories. Some of my favorites this month: The Changeling (I did this audio), and I can’t exactly say what it is about and it took a bit to get into it, but I ended up loving it. It’s a modern-day cautionary fairy tale about fathers, secrets and the internet. Loved Searching for Sylvie Lee, takes place in Amsterdam, a young woman searching for her sister. And I will have the author Jean Kwok on my series in December. Another big recommend was And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall, another one coming to my series. A really great book takes place in Los Angeles, another missing woman. I don’t want to tell you too much. Just read it. I’ve surpassed my reading goals of 90 books for 2020 because it was a pandemic year and I needed stories. Stories Matter.
And what I’m reading or recently read
for complete list, I have everything on Good Reads
as I can’t remember them all!
See ya between the pages next month (typos and all) . . . vote. We shall see . . .

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