Isa Genzken: Retrospective









The first major U.S. retrospective of the inventive artist’s work opened two days ago at MoMA and continues through March 10, 2014. “…her work accumulates with an insistent force and momentum that will keep you alert…”

The New York Times
You will see almost 150 objects spanning more than 40 years. “From monolithic concrete sculptures to assemblage works with spray-painted parts and blinking lights to astronaut suits floating above the galleries, Genzken’s art is curious, bold, and spectacularly unconventional.” The artist, born in 1948 in  Bad Oldesloe, Schleswig-Holstein, is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Berlin.

Scandinavian Christmas Markets in London






This week is Christmas Fairs week in London. Nordic ex-pats look forward to these cordial get togethers with delicacies such as squeaky cheese and rye pastries with egg, cinnamon buns and Glogg mulled wine plus lots of hand knit gifts and Christmas decorations.

See dates and venues here:

Warm Weather Resorts Aren’t Just For Honeymooners

smith-naladhu-the-maldives_vertAs the holidays fast approach, we might turn our thoughts to calm, sunny beaches … and to taking a new love interest there.

Martha Stewart Weddings shared a list from boutique hotel authorities, Mr & Mrs Smith, of gorgeous beaches and jungle getaways for winter escapes. Starting with The Betsy in Miami and ending with Naladhu, Maldives pictured above, the list includes spots in Thailand, South Africa, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Brazil and more.


Make Someone Really Happy This Holiday

For those who love art, a membership at The Museum of Modern Art is the happiest holiday gift of all! For $85 your recipient will enjoy: unlimited free admission to MoMA and MoMA PS1, seven exclusive preview days of all major exhibitions, $5 guest tickets, exclusive content in the Digital Member Lounge, discounts at the MoMA cafés, MoMA Stores and and more.


Boomers, You Are The New Economic Dynamo

cq5dam.web.420.270Pictured above are Halsbrook CEO Halsey Schroeder and her model. The newly founded online retailer caters to the older retail market offering chic, high-end attire. Halsbrook joins fashion chains Chico’s and NYDJ in marketing to women who’ve moved beyond their 20’s.

These companies have seized upon the opportunity which American Baby Boomers present by holding 80 percent of the country’s personal net worth. John Burgess writes in the latest AARP Bulletin, “Imagine an economy that ranks No. 3 in the world, after the United States and China. It’s got more than 100 million consumers generating $7 trillion a year in goods and services. They’re generally better off financially, with special interests in health, exercise, leisure travel, Internet shopping and digital gadgets. Every year, their numbers and buying power expand.” Burgess calls the American 50-plus population the “longevity economy” because they are working longer and spending more, especially in entertainment and apparel.

Despite these numbers, the country’s 50-plus group does not receive the attention it deserves in this economy. Jody Holtzmann, a member of an AARP campaign to change this perception, portrays this market as one which will enrich the corporations which cater to it. Companies need to focus on the buying power of this group by creating new lines focused on them, as Schroeder did. Not only the traditional concerns of health care but new technologies, which Boomers have embraced, as well as fitness, travel, clothing for younger looking older people, dating concerns, etc. Holtzmann is leading the charge to change the 50+ public persona. “A key objective: Build interest among the country’s venture capital firms, which have hatched many breakthrough technologies. He’s pushing investors to pose a particular question to every start-up that comes calling: ‘What’s your 50-plus strategy?'”

5 Reasons To Retire To A Small Town

1052_1Many of us fantasize about retiring to a small town. Peaceful, quiet, walkability are all adjectives which appear on my inner screen. Pictured above is my birthplace, Signal Mountain, TN, an absolutely beautiful place, replete with history. Maybe I’ll check it out after the holidays. Meanwhile, here are the five rationales offers up for moving to a small community, each with an example.

First is a walkable community, illustrated by picturesque Old Saybrook, CT, founded in 1635. You will find many homes and condos within walking distance of its shops and restaurants and, often, a short walk to where the Connecticut River meets the Long Island Sound, as well.

Second is the ease of social networking which you’ll find in Port Townsend, Washington, boasting many Victorian homes and the proud artists living there. Much of the town is preserved as a national historic district.

Third is “so pretty it hurts,” which small towns often are. Beaufort, SC with is moss-covered trees and horse-drawn carriage rides is lovely. I recently toured the historic district and photographed many of the stunning antebellum houses. The Big Chill house is a must-see. Unknown






Evergreen, CO, an affluent suburb of Denver boasts easy access to recreation with Evergreen Lake and its acres of surrounding parks. And Mount Dora, FL has abundant cultural locations, including two theaters, the Mount Dora Center for the Arts and many other events and festivals on the Town Square.

Five more towns, exemplifying a combination of these reasons to select a small town for retirement are included. For example, On Top of Old Smoky – Signal Mountain, Tennesee. As the name implies this town on top of a hill was a signal outpost during the Civil War. Then people came here for their health. Today this small town atop the Tennessee River is home to 7,400 mostly affluent residents who come for the views and outstanding community resources. The Signal Mountain Playhouse presents 2 plays per year including an outdoor musical every summer in the natural amphitheatre. The Mountain Arts Community Center offers classes in music, dance, and visual arts from its historic building.”