How to Avoid Hooking up at the Company Christmas Party

Office Christmas Party FailAh, the proverbial company Christmas party—where one must suffer the indignity of white elephant gifts, off-brand booze and mistletoe hanging over one’s head like the sword of Damocles. Spending an obligatory evening with the water cooler crowd feigning holiday cheer is trying enough, so why up the ante by waking up next to one of them in a cheap motel? A recent survey found that the embarrassment of having had sex with a co-worker ranked only below hangovers and the flu as causes of holiday absenteeism. To avoid an inter-office hookup this holiday season, I offer three simple rules to help keep your Secret Santa in your pants… Continue reading “How to Avoid Hooking up at the Company Christmas Party”

The Godmother: Eleanor Coppola ? Author, Artist & Filmmaker

Eleanor CoppolaSmartly dressed and looking younger than a woman enjoying her seventies, Eleanor Coppola is a portrait of poise. When it’s suggested that she’s the de facto grand dame of Sonoma County’s wine scene?given the epic, family-friendly winery and resort that bears her husband’s name in Geyserville?she doesn’t take the bait.

Eleanor Coppola is far too grounded and earnest to be susceptible to such platitudes. A few moments with her and one realizes she’s not someone interested in the limelight so much as, say, the use of quicklime lighting in 19th-century theater. As an artist, she has more practical concerns. Chiefly, what’s next? Continue reading “The Godmother: Eleanor Coppola ? Author, Artist & Filmmaker”

The Godmother: Eleanor Coppola – Author, Artist & Filmmaker

Eleanor CoppolaSmartly dressed and looking younger than a woman enjoying her seventies, Eleanor Coppola is a portrait of poise. When it’s suggested that she’s the de facto grand dame of Sonoma County’s wine scene—given the epic, family-friendly winery and resort that bears her husband’s name in Geyserville—she doesn’t take the bait.

Eleanor Coppola is far too grounded and earnest to be susceptible to such platitudes. A few moments with her and one realizes she’s not someone interested in the limelight so much as, say, the use of quicklime lighting in 19th-century theater. As an artist, she has more practical concerns. Chiefly, what’s next? Continue reading “The Godmother: Eleanor Coppola – Author, Artist & Filmmaker”

The Top Ten Top Ten Lists You’ve Never Heard Of

About this time of year, most editorial calendars feature an annual “top ten” list. This achieves a couple of goals: Thanks to frequent use of numbers, bullets, line breaks and sundry other non-lexeme typographical devices, lists tend to eat up column inches without burdening the writer with too much writing. Also, lists are like crack on the Internet where these posts enjoy an eternal half-life.
I thought I’d be cheeky and write up “Top 10 Top 10 Lists” but a quick online search reminded me that great hacks think alike. I discovered more than a few Top 10 Top Tenners, which is why I lowered the bar further and decided to write up the The Top Ten Ten Lists of Which You’ve Never Heard. Admittedly, this is a murder of a headline but I can’t stand to a sentence in a preposition, which brings me to number one… Continue reading “The Top Ten Top Ten Lists You’ve Never Heard Of”

The Top Ten Top Ten Lists You?ve Never Heard Of

About this time of year, most editorial calendars feature an annual ?top ten? list. This achieves a couple of goals: Thanks to frequent use of numbers, bullets, line breaks and sundry other non-lexeme typographical devices, lists tend to eat up column inches without burdening the writer with too much writing. Also, lists are like crack on the Internet where these posts enjoy an eternal half-life.

I thought I?d be cheeky and write up ?Top 10 Top 10 Lists? but a quick online search reminded me that great hacks think alike. I discovered more than a few Top 10 Top Tenners, which is why I lowered the bar further and decided to write up the The Top Ten Ten Lists of Which You?ve Never Heard. Admittedly, this is a murder of a headline but I can?t stand to a sentence in a preposition, which brings me to number one… Continue reading “The Top Ten Top Ten Lists You?ve Never Heard Of”