HOME & GARDEN
September 28, 1991 |
Is there a more content human on the planet than the appreciated eccentric? It's a tough station to attain. One can be eccentric and be considered an annoying loony, or one can be appreciated for being excruciatingly dull and colorless. But the person who can inspire admiration and respect for acting like a full-steam gonzo crackpot has got it made. People like Robin Williams and Mick Jagger and Madonna know this.
February 23, 2009 |
Michelle Obama joined White House chefs Sunday afternoon for a public preview of the state dinner that night, praising the kitchen's huckleberry pie and confessing that, yes, she might even do the traditional duty of coming up with her own china. "I think that's part of the job," she said, sliding in a joke about the challenge the White House kitchen has in getting her daughters to eat anything green.
HOME & GARDEN
December 28, 1991 |
You're reeling a bit these days, right, guys? You were good all year, so all your friends wanted you to come to their holiday dinner parties (the "extra man" and all that). But it made you crazy. Sure, the chow was first-rate, but ramming it mouthward with the requisite gentility and grace got to be a minor nightmare.
December 17, 1993 |
The opulent Oscar Wilde advised following the Three Bs when making a toast: "Begin, Be Brief and Be Seated." Good advice, but maybe not enough advice when considering making an actual toast. The holidays, particularly New Year's, seem to be a time of wishing well for the future, of proposing a toast. So how do you do it? It's more than standing up and loudly declaring, "Here's mud in yer eye!"
July 25, 1996 |
Booksellers stock new works in all sorts of sections--biography, new fiction, African American titles and even one big department we've seen called People. What they really need is a section called the Kennedys. Another wave of titles about President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is reaching stores.
August 6, 1992 |
There are disagreements among the arbiters of etiquette--but, of course, polite ones.
April 4, 1998 |
As the dust settles from legal decisions involving the president of the United States and the Army's top-ranking enlisted man, women around the country are debating the implications of the highest-profile cases to surface since the phrase "sexual harassment" entered this nation's legal and cultural lexicon. Will the military ignore future accusations of misconduct because Sgt. Maj. Gene C. McKinney last month was cleared of all but one count against him?
November 1, 1993 |
In July of 1992, California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown praised Hillary Rodham Clinton for inspiring women "to be full participants in the power decision-making process instead of the Junior League." But the Junior League, an international women's service organization with 190,000 members, was not amused. So Brown, a powerful Democrat, sent a letter to the group, explaining: "My comment was an allegorical statement."
April 23, 2001 |
During an official trip to India in 1962, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy wore an Oleg Cassini dress and coat of apricot silk for a daytime boat ride on Lake Pichola. "This ensemble brilliantly served Mrs.