One week from tonight, I’m scheduled to appear on ABC News’ primetime news magazine “20/20,” in a segment about lip-syncing. Always bad, ever acceptable? Hope youse can tune in: 10p Eastern. *
And so a new life chapter has begun! I arrived in Norfolk, Va., before 1 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15, after a ridiculously melodramatic (read: egregious) exit from New York City—details to come… So much to report, aside from quick postings on Facebook… and let’s begin with one of so many amazing links to the legacy of my new home here…
Today I lifted the bench of the piano that was left in the house, and found a yellow, ready-to-crumble newspaper article from August 1968, profiling first owner Margaret Daugherty.
She was an English professor at Old Dominion University (then ODC: Old Dominion College), which cast her as a non-nonsense teach who had no interest in her students’ personal issues or coddling them… “I assume they’re there to master the material. I have a standard which either they meet or they don’t. If they become articulate in an area, they are more defined as people.”
In addition—how cool is this?—Mrs. Daugherty (Dough-er-ty, as I recently learned from my next door neighbor) was the daughter of Grand Ole Opry founder George Hay. Can you imagine the parties she and hubby Guy hosted in the day? (I intend to carry on the tradition, thank you.)
After accidentally letting the F-bomb drop while talking to my mama on Thanksgiving Day (she did not care for it), I have resolved that it’s time to clean up my damn mouth. And so: Working to stop using “F*CKING” as a casual adjective. Fortunately, there are still plenty of filthy descriptors at my disposal. I mean, I’m no (smoking) nun, after all.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 230,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 10 days for that many people to see it.
Greetings, cool cats! The Smoking Nun was a daily part of my life from 2008 and forward for the next three years. And then, alas, burnout at the beginning of 2013. It didn’t help that I was then devoting hours a day as lead reporter for the Brooklyn Heights Blog (no more)…
I am now feeling a sense of renewal, as I prepare to depart New York City after a glorious 18 years. Inspiration is found all around us, isn’t it? For one thing, among the more popular posts I’ve shared on the Nun surrounds the five renovations within my Brooklyn Heights apartment.
You ain’t seen nothing yet! As I hopefully close on the sale of my home of 13 years in BK and relocate to Norfolk, Va., in 1Q 2014, there’s work to be done. I’m looking forward to sharing the rejuvenation of my kitchen and bathrooms there… In this grand new locale that is certainly going to be a game-changer.
Stay tuned!! It’s nice to be back! P.S. I shall be posting my “10 Reasons I’m Ready To Leave NYC” that originally appeared on Facebook in the coming days. And with Celine Dion back on the scene with her first English-language album in six years coming out November 5, there is much pop culture to report.
Oh, yes! Today’s mantra…
Ah, one of my favorite posts ever, updated for 2013… Damn, not only have I had a career, but it’s obvious I’ll do most anything for a dime. Hey, I’m living debt-free, so no shame…
In addition to so many other trends from Tuesday night’s election, voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington state became the first in the country to approve same-sex marriage, breaking a 32-state losing streak.
In addition, in Minnesota, anti-gay activists pushed an amendment to the state constitution to solidify a ban on marriage equality, and as of this morning, it appears voters rejected the amendment.
They will join Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Iowa, Vermont, New York, Connecticut and the District of Columbia in allowing two consenting adults to get married, regardless of sexual orientation. *
An astonishingly stirring image… See New York magazine’s Editor’s Letter about how the hell they put out an issue amid darkness here. More photos from the webbie below… *October 29, 2012… and January 2012… Devastating damage in NYC’s Kips Bay neighborhood on the East Side in the 30s… taken by my pal Leonard, who was without power for five days…Hopefully there will come a day when the Manhattan skyline looks like this once more… A long road of recovery still ahead all over the city, with parts of NJ, Queens and Brooklyn facing years of rebuilding.