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The drive up the PCH to El Matador followed by lunch at Neptune’s Net

The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental in New York

Einstein On the Beach

Hiking Runyon Canyon

The Edison for artisan cocktails

Summer evening walks along Lake Michigan’s Oak St. Beach in Chicago

Orchids, tulips, stargazer lilies and lavender plants at Trader Joe’s

Scrabble

My great-grandmother’s lemon meringue pie recipe

Junk Boat rides across Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong

Several museums including: The Rodin Museum in Paris; MOMA and The Guggenheim in New York; The Tate in London; The Museum of Science and Industry, The Art Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art all in Chicago; The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and The Broad in Los Angeles

My friend and astrophysicist Janna Levin

Walking across The Golden Gate Bridge in the fog

Thanksgiving at The Drake in Chicago

The Gondola and snowshoeing in Telluride

Raisin wine outside of Rome

The Hotel Il San Pietro on the Almalfi Coast overlooking the Bay of Positano

Warwick Castle in England

Shakespeare in the Park in New York 

The Red Fox Inn in Middleburg, Virginia

Dinner parties

Rainy Seattle afternoons

The Hollywood Bowl

The burrata at Joan's on 3rd St. in Los Angeles (the 3rd St. location)

Various charities including Ronald McDonald House, Heifer International, Oxfam, The International Medical Corps, The Smile Foundation

The art of sculpture Michael Richards 

Mikhail Baryshnikov dancing to the rhythm of his own heart in Heartbeat

National and State Parks including: Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier National Park in Montana, Acadia National Park in Maine, Mount Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Badlands, and The National Mall in Washington D.C.

Helicopter rides over Maui

Apple wine and sage cheese in Vermont

The Williamstown Theater Festival

Lake Tahoe

The seemingly endless varieties of green in a Michigan summer

The Tuskegee Airmen

Yellowtail at Nobu

Gordon Parks

Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allen Poe, Maya Angelou, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Shakespeare

The Nutcracker at The Goodman Theatre

Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 II

Dogs

Big Sur

Public radio

Pike Place Market in Seattle

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

River North Chicago Dance Company

New Orleans

The Arclight

Lake Michigan

Walking along The Seine to the Eiffel Tower at night

North Africans playing the drums on the Ponts Des Arts

Running SeaWheeze Half Marathon in Vancouver

Make-your-own-gnocchi parties

Aspen in the summer

California vineyards

Hot air ballooning over Temecula

Bill Viola's video installations

James Turrell

Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands 

The raw honey and cheese dessert at Checchino dal 1887 in Rome

The American Club Resort and Kohler Water Spa in Kohler, Wisconsin

Picnics…anytime, anywhere you can

More to come…