Keep Writing…

“Hello, Miles. It’s Maya. Thanks for your letter. I would have called sooner, but I think I needed some time to think about everything that happened and… what you wrote to me. Another reason, um, I didn’t call you sooner is because I wanted to finish your book, which I finally did last night. And I think it’s really lovely, Miles. You’re so good with words. Who cares if it’s not getting published? There are so many beautiful and… painful things about it. Did you really go through all that? Must have been awful. And the sister character – jeez, what a wreck. But I have to say that, well, I was really confused by the ending. I mean, did the father finally commit suicide, or what? It’s driving me crazy. Anyway, it’s turned cold and rainy here lately, but I like winter. So, listen, if you ever do decide to come up here again, you should let me know. I would say stop by the restaurant, but to tell you the truth, I’m not sure how much longer I’m gonna be working there, because I’m going to graduate soon. So, I’ll probably want to relocate. I mean, we’ll see. Anyway, like I said, I really loved your novel. Don’t give up, Miles. Keep writing. I hope you’re well. Bye.”


Diamonds Make a Difference

Picture 6Michael C. Fina and TACORI have partnered to host a diamond scavenger hunt in Manhattan on September 12 – “Diamond Dash: Dash for a Diamond and a Cure.”  Proceeds will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, of which Michael C. Fina is a National Supporting Sponsor.

While helping an amazing cause, participants can also win some AMAZING prizes.

Grand prize – a handcrafted $20,000 Tacori engagement ring set with a Tacori Diamond, a honeymoon at the Waikoloa Beach Resort in Hawaii, and the ultimate proposal opportunity!

The first couple to reach each destination along the way will also receive a special prize.  All participants will receive prizes from partners, including Tumi, Godiva Chocolatier, Kleinfeld, John Allan’s, Town&Country Weddings, and Ron Ben-Israel.

Please visit to learn more about the Dash and to enter!

Can’t Wait!

There have been reports that they are going to be filming Jim & Pam’s wedding in Niagra Falls! It is apparently going to be happening early on in the season…one of the first few episodes.
I seriously can’t wait for this wedding! I really want to see how their relationship develops with the baby and the marriage.

Pam: Hey! This is not halfway! I did the math, I had to drive way longer than you. Montclair would’ve been closer, so you have to buy lunch.

Pam: What are you doing?

Jim: I just… couldn’t wait.

Pam: Oh my God.

Jim: Pam, will you marry me?

Pam: Oh my God.

Jim: So?

Pam: Yes.


The Wall

I share a room with my sister, so it has always been difficult to agree on what we want decorating the walls of our room.  We have different styles for the most part, so I always enjoy imagining what my room will look like when she goes away to college and I move her stuff out. (Just kidding, B!)

Love Birds Wall Art by Geninne Zlatkis

I am terrified of birds, but this adorable piece doesn’t bother me at all. So innocent and quaint, I wouldn’t mind seeing these birds every day.

Paper Dolls Wall Art by Alexander Girard
How cute is this? It is such a simple concept, but it can make a wall really pop at the same time. This is also something that could easily transition from a young girl’s room into a more adult one.

Dandelions Wall Art by Devyn Waitt
Make a wish! This piece reminds me of a scene in Beauty and the Beast, my favorite Disney movie. (I know I am in my early 20s…don’t judge.)

“Your Love Glass is Half Full”

Everyone seriously needs to go see this movie, especially those skeptical about love.

Paper Heart follows Charlyne Yi on her quest to find out what love is and if it truly does exist, even if she hasn’t found it yet. A non-believer herself, she interviews people across the country about their own meanings of love and their love stories. All the diverse stories are truly touching. (One of my friends cried during the movie…even though she will not admit it.)

On her quest, Charlyne finds a romance of her own with Michael Cera. This awkward friendship turns into an even more awkward love…and it is amazing.

Paper Heart is playing in select theaters, so go find one and see it today!

Unloved Ones…

I’ve found almost everything ever written about love to be true. Shakespeare said “Journeys end in lovers meeting.” What an extraordinary thought. Personally, I have not experienced anything remotely close to that, but I am more than willing to believe Shakespeare had. I suppose I think about love more than anyone really should. I am constantly amazed by its sheer power to alter and define our lives. It was Shakespeare who also said “love is blind”. Now that is something I know to be true. For some quite inexplicably, love fades; for others, love is simply lost. But then of course, love can also be found, even if just for the night. And then, there’s another kind of love: the cruelest kind. The one that almost kills its victims. It’s called unrequited love. Of that I am an expert. Most love stories are about people who fall in love with each other. But what about the rest of us? What about our stories, those of us who fall in love alone? We are the victims of the one sided affair. We are the cursed of the loved ones. We are the unloved ones, the walking wounded. The handicapped without the advantage of a great parking space!

~Iris, The Holiday