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There was a moment watching the news on Wednesday night that between the coverage of North Korea and Cuba, I felt like it was the late '50s or early ’60s. At any moment, I was expecting Ricky Ricardo to walk in and say, “Lucy, I’m home!” Years ago, I went on a business trip to the Caymans. As soon as I got off the plane, I was approached by people offering trips to Cuba; it was like it was the Wild West. Hmmmm…does this mean Cuban cigars will be legal? I have a number of friends whose families were part of the flight from Cuba, and I look forward to hearing what they have to say about this. We had the Cold War years. Are we now into the Cyber War years?

I had a great birthday last weekend, the celebration of which extended well into the week. I love the flowers above that were brought to me by my friends Cathy and Sarah (I am very into Ball jars and want to try chalk painting on some clear ones)! And my burger at lunch on Sunday arrived with the above blue toothpick; Tom and Cory’s burgers had red and green toothpicks, thus I know I must have been exuding turquoise thoughts. Greg was in Florida on a lighthouse trip and brought me a fabulous painting of a fish whose frame was made from used lobster traps. Really unusual and fun!

Yesterday afternoon, I went to a screening for Still Alice, which is based on Lisa Genova’s bestseller of the same name, the story of an Ivy League linguistics professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. It’s opening in New York and LA today, and goes wide (how Hollywood am I?) on January 16th. I loved it. It’s a very faithful adaptation of the book, which I first read in manuscript months before it was published. Considering how many books to films have been disappointments, I am happy to share that I would change nothing here. Julianne Moore is brilliant as Alice, and there is a moment close to the end when you really see her acting chops.