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THE LAST BOOKSTORE

Confession: I am a book junky. No apologies, no excuses. I give my father a lot of the credit. From a relatively youngKeep reading »

Sandra on swing at the Allegretton Hotel in Paso Robles

England and Italy, Nope. Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo, Sure.

The good news is that my husband and I are really good at planning interesting trips. The not-so-good news is thatKeep reading »

Sandra in front of marble bust

Return to Hearst Castle

In the early 1960’s,  when my husband and I were newly married . . . . . . we drove leisurely up spectacular Highway 1Keep reading »

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I Love a Mystery

Guilty, your Honor. I can’t get enough of John Grisham, Patricia Highsmith, Michael Connolly, Elizabeth George and,Keep reading »

Sandra Sallin at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

Thinking Outside the Bachs

Where does creativity come from? In my family,  my fourteen-year-old sister was the artist. At least that’s what IKeep reading »

Sandra in Artfulhome.com

From Shtetl to Jello

Kopaigorod, a shtetl in Ukraine.  My father, Simon, grew up there in the early 1900’s. It was a good place to beKeep reading »

IT’S NOT ABOUT AGE, IT’S ABOUT ATTITUDE

When I started blogging, I had no idea how many new friends I would make. One of my nearest and dearest new buddies isKeep reading »

A view of the skyscrapers in the Dubai Marina. UAE

I’m A Star In Dubai. Can You Believe it?

I don’t usually get a lot of emails from the United Arab Emirates. So when I got one recently from Karen AnnKeep reading »

Sandra standing in front of angel painting.

Oops, I Did It Again!

As Mary Martin once said, “After sixty. it’s patch, patch, patch.” But I think I’ve taken that thought to a whole newKeep reading »

There's no business like show business

CLASH OF THE GRANDMAS: Part 2

That was what popped into my head when the casting director for a show on the Food Network called me for the umpteenthKeep reading »

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CLASH OF THE GRANDMAS: Part 1

Someone once said that serendipity was finding something good without looking for it.  That’s what happened to me aKeep reading »

Huge Pine trees falling

TREE-MAGEDDON

If a 125-foot pine tree crashes down a hillside… …topples over three enormous neighboring pineKeep reading »

Rio-2016 Team GB Oympics

SWIMMING WITH CHEESECAKE

A little while ago, I posted a blog about my mother, Anna’s cheesecake recipe. I wrote at the time that it wasKeep reading »

Queen Elizabeth II looks out from the window at Buckingham Palace, central London, ahead of the Patron's Lunch in honour of the her 90th birthday.

WHERE’S SANDY?

I wasn’t on the balcony with the Queen when she celebrated her 90th birthday. I didn’t schlep along withKeep reading »

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THE BEVERLY HILLS LADIES’ DIET

Take it off. TAKE IT OFF. TAKE IT ALL OFF! It’s that time of year isn’t it? Noble resolutions, staunch pledges, goodKeep reading »

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THE JOY OF BLOGGING

When I started on this blogging escapade, I had no idea where it would take me. I didn’t think beyond the idea ofKeep reading »

World's Best Guacamole

THE WORLD’S BEST GUACAMOLE RECIPE. EVER.

Avocados never had it so good. Chocolate Souffle, Easy Peasey Minestrone, Duck Lasagna, my mother’s secret cheesecake.Keep reading »

Wonder Woman

I’M BACK!

Back in February of 2014, I had two major surgeries in one day: two benign tumors removed from my lungs, two ribsKeep reading »

A photograph of Carol Burnett pinching her ear.

CAROL BURNETT and TOM SELLECK ––– A FLASHBACK

We celebrated Carol Burnett’s birthday at UCLA. She is an old friend of ours. I swooned meeting Tom Selleck.Keep reading »

WOW! WE’VE BEEN MARRIED 53 YEARS AND IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER

The secret to our 53 years of marriage. How we met and married. Enjoy.Keep reading »

Chocolate Soufllé finished and in the oven

IF YOU CAN’T MAKE THE BEST CHOCOLATE SOUFFLÉ WITH THIS RECIPE –– BUY DOUGHNUTS

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” ― Charles M. Schulz A chocolateKeep reading »

A hand drawing a hand by M. C. Escher

MAGIC! NOW YOU SEE IT. NOW YOU DON’T.

Step right up for a magical visit to the Escher Museum with me.. His works will amaze you plus they’re in aKeep reading »

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas On location shooting the movie Indiana Jones

AT SEA WITH STEVEN SPIELBERG & GEORGE LUCAS

How I learned to take photographs for my paintings, but when the chips were down…Keep reading »

Anna's World's Best Cheesecake

THE WORLD’S BEST CHEESECAKE RECIPE

This is the story of how my mother acquired the secret recipe for her famous cheesecake. We think it’s the bestKeep reading »

The evil queen at her mirror

MIRROR, MIRROR

Evil Queen in Snow White isn’t the only one with “beauty” issues. I must confess that I am on a never-ending quest forKeep reading »

THIS BAND OF BLOGHERS ’13

My first BlogHer conference and my award as one of the 100 Voices of the Year, presented by Queen Latifah.Keep reading »

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I’m Going to the BlogHer ’13 Conference!

Actually, it’s a miracle. Maybe not a miracle, but the result of a lot of hard work. And not just on my blog.Keep reading »