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searching for tires & finding a star

during my recent quest  for free tires, and before manifesting the tires in a completely bizarre and unexpected way (which you may read here), i began my search on craigslist. sure that i would find someone in nyc looking to unload 3 tires – i did not.  what i did find, was a salon in soho looking for a haircut model and i was in need of a free haircut!

it’s been years since i was in the industry, but back in a previous life, i was the manager for a high end hair care line. i spent 4+ years travelling around the country visiting the top salons, selling hair products and getting to know  stylists in the best of the best salons in the united states.  occasionally, some of the country’s top talent would offer me a complimentary cut or color. a pretty awesome perk, i know. . . .

back to craigslist.  the salon was sam brocato, located at 42 wooster street, in the heart of soho.  in the last stretch of her two year apprenticeship, a beautiful young woman named christina was in need of hair model for a short cut, and along with 3 tires, i also wanted a new short haircut.

i felt like i won the lottery when christina responded to my e-mail letting me know i had been chosen for the free haircut.  not powerball or anything, but at the very least a good scratch-off ticket.

by the time she was done, it was apparent that her talent was as large as her heart.  if it’s what she aspires to, one day i’m sure i’ll see her name in the style magazines along with the likes of frederick fekkai, oribe & christophe – at least i hope so.  i can do my small part by introducing christina to you today.  you can do your part by booking an appointment with her – you wont be disappointed – and . . .  you’ll have an amazing new style!
to christina, i thank you –  for your time, for your talent & for picking me! may success follow you always.

christina morr sam brocato salon (1a) copy

sam brocato salon ~ christina ~ (212) 334.3777

“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.”
 ~ Alan Cohen

making tables – part one

years ago my friend ellice and i were wandering around soho and saw a ‘tire table‘ on display in an art gallery for a ridiculous sum of money – at least we thought so at the time. the table consisted of a round piece of glass set upon two stacked tires.  freshly sprung from college, i suspect any amount of money for a piece of furniture may have seemed ridiculous back then, but we both really loved that table. right away, ellice and i set out on a mission to acquire free tires and made our own tire tables for the cost of a piece of glass.

recently, i was in need of a table with a large working space. as luck would have it, someone left a giant round glass table top downstairs in the basement.  i put the word out for a table base and my mother suggested another tire table, which i thought was a perfect idea.  i immediately put an order out to the universe for 3 tires so that i could make a new, larger version of my old beloved tire table.  i was so excited, that i forgot to include any details with the request  . . . .

shortly after i placed the order, on my way home from nj, my car fell into an enormous black hole in the middle of route 78 and blew out the right front tire. after 2 1/2 hours of waiting for roadside assistance, my brother thomas, a state trooper and a flatbed tow truck showed up all at about the same time.  my brother and the tow truck driver both told me that my spare tire was leaking and it was not going to make it back to the city –  i would have to follow my brother to his house, spend the night there and deal with the tire in the morning – which i did – sort of . . . .

tire 1

02-07-15 thomas flat tire


my brother woke me in the morning, asked for my keys and told me he was taking my car to the tire store, where he was meeting my dad who was going to pay for my new tire (thank you, dad!).  i asked thomas if he wouldn’t mind asking the guys at the tire store if he could have 3 old tires so that i could make my tire table.  he was not looking overly pleased with my request as he walked out the door around 9:00 am on a freezing cold sunday morning, but i knew he would come through.  3 hours later, thomas arrived back home with my sparkling clean car (he had taken to the car wash), sporting 4 brand new tires and my other 3 good tires all wrapped up in plastic bags in the trunk.

tire desk at 350 e 52nd st (1)

my next shout out to the universe is to send me a husband who is a perfect mix of my dad and my brother, thomas – no additional details required.


“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”
 ~ Dalai Lama



i believe in miracles

even though it’s down-pouring outside, it feels good to be heading back towards the city today.  i’ll leave  susan’s secret retreat  today, spend 2 days in jersey, and wake up in my own bed on east 52nd street on sunday morning.  :)

it’s been raining here for the last 3 days which means no cell phone service, and intermittent internet.  i have to keep watching the modem – and if the green light goes on, i make a mad rush to the computer to check my e-mail.  sometimes i can get through 3 or 4 before the internet goes out again. although this may have been the quietest summer i’ve ever experienced, i did manage to meet 2 people and several hundred animals – all of which i will tell you about when i get back to civilization.  in the mean time, i will leave you with some pictures of this amazing place in upstsate ny.


here ivan is enjoying the view from the deck at sunset:

ivan enzer deck (1)

the local cuisine:

colored eggs farm fresh (4)

interesting reading material:

old man xing sign (2)

outstanding views:

sun setting landscape (88)

some of my new friends:

hillsdale ny cow herd (29A)

deer running (5)

daisy ponies (7)

rte 21 pigs columbia county (2)

roosters columbia county (10)

and a flower encircled silo:


a giant ‘thank you’ to susan for lending me this wonderful space for the summer.  i am forever grateful to you! (and if you’re interested, she’ll rent it to you – just let me know –  the fall is spectacular and there’s skiing just around the corner. )

i’m expecting some miracles this week.  i’m very excited about it and  i’ve decided to expect some every day from now on.  

just keeping you up to date.

Acts of kindness, however small – a smile, a compliment, a helping hand – plant seeds of hope, love, and beauty in a spectacular garden you’ll one day call home.

Talk about ‘Miracle Grow,’
~ The Universe


do not think – follow up

thanks to all of the wonderful peeps who helped me out with my “do not think” post several weeks ago. i received both comments and e-mails in response to my request for people to simply tell me something – anything that came to mind at the moment.  i mentioned i would tell you what it was about at a later date &
ta da! . . . . here it is:

i was watching a rev. gayle dillon video and she was speaking about how if you are being aware and receptive, you will always get the answers to your prayers or at least a point in the right direction.  most of the time, we’re just not paying close attention.  she then suggested we could give it a try by asking random people to say something – anything that came to mind –  and then listen – really listen – to what the universe was offering through that person.  so i asked and i received.  i sat with each of the responses and let them speak to me.  i did not  ‘just read’  them while i was on the phone, typing or watching t.v.   each and every reply to my post held so much value and was so relevant for me.  i encourage you to try this and see what comes up for you – i bet you’ll be as fascinated as i was.

mirror me

the mirror

The good you find in others, is in you too.

The faults you find in others, are your faults as well.

After all, to recognize something you must know it.

The possibilities you see in others, are possible for you as well.

The beauty you see around you, is your beauty.

The world around you is a reflection, a mirror showing you the person you are.

To change your world, you must change yourself.

To blame and complain will only make matters worse.

Whatever you care about, is your responsibility.

What you see in others, shows you yourself.

See the best in others,and you will be your best.

Give to others, and you give to yourself.

Appreciate beauty, and you will be beautiful.

Admire creativity, and you will be creative.

Love, and you will be loved.

Seek to understand, and you will be understood.

Listen, and your voice will be heard.

Teach, and you will learn.

Show your best face to the mirror,

and you’ll be happy with the face looking back at you.

~ Author Unknown