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PINK’S IN A WHITE SHIRT

Someone once wrote, “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothesKeep reading »

Sandra on her Scooter at Gelson's Market

They Called Me Mountain Mama

That’s what my family called me. No hike in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho was too daunting for this woman.    Keep reading »

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What To View With The Flu

It all started with a tickle in my throat but, I thought, “Not me.” I had been a very responsible person and gottenKeep reading »

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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 »

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 »

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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 »

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 58 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 »