red roses blooming in garden greenery

image: Anne's roses beginning to bloom spring 2021

|| 2 May 2021

Second Shot

Friday morning, the last day of April, I took my second Covid vaccine shot. I am happy to report that, though most people report a more severe reaction to the second Moderna vaccine injection, I have had a milder reaction to the second shot than to my first.

After that first shot I experienced 36 hours of severe injection site pain and my arm stayed sore for several more days. Beginning just hours after that first shot on 2 April, I suffered five days of no energy and considerable brain fog.

With this second shot, I have had only very mild injection site discomfort that is now completely gone. My fatigue has been much milder following this second shot. And my brain has not been so foggy.

I had been so concerned about a severe reaction to the second shot that I had made preparations for several days of feeling really wretched. Fortunately this has not come to pass. But also I have not tried to do anything that requires a large amount brain and body activity. I am trying to let my body concentrate on developing a strong immunity to the Covid virus so that I can resume a lifestyle that somewhat resembles the one I enjoyed pre-pandemic.

In the meantime I am enjoying my roses which are coming into bloom.

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone


|| 29 April 2021

The Princess Spy

From the reviews, this non-fiction book by author Larry Loftis appears to promise an entertaining read.

Publisher Simon & Schuster says of The Princess Spy:

International bestselling author Larry Loftis weaves an exceptional and thrilling hidden history of an ordinary American girl who became one of the OSS’s most daring spies in World War II before marrying into European nobility.

You can read a review by Jacqueline Cutler on the New York Daily News website.

If you have subscription access to the Wall Street Journal, there is a review on WSJ by Moira Hodgson.

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone


|| 19 April 2021

Victoria Magazine's Special French Issue 2021

The 2021 Special French issue of Victoria Magazine is out. The photography in this special French issue seems particularly well done. I found the issue’s articles of more interest than those in the last several years’ French issues.

The underlying themes of this 2021 special French issue seem to be French elegance and pâtisserie. French macarons displayed in an elegant tea cup and saucer are on the issue cover. Many interior photographs feature luscious pastries as well.

As for French elegance, even the feature story on Provence interior decor shows a home of modern elegance instead of the usual cozy Provence traditional.

If you are not a Victoria subscriber, you can find the special French issue (May-June 2021) in magazine sections of stores and online on the Victoria magazine website.


|| 28 March 2021

Twyla Tharp's Keep It Moving

Last eveing I had an email from Rocki in Austin commenting on the PBS Twyla Tharp documentary broadcast on Friday evening. Rocki wrote:

Bonsoir, Anne. Just read your Nouvelle about Twyla Tharp. I watched it!! It was so inspirational. I actually saw Baryshnikov perform those dances. It was late 1970’s. I saw him twice. — Rocki

Also in the email Rocki alerted me to Twyla Tharp's latest book Keep It Moving which she has added to her library. Somehow I had missed the book's appearance. I have Twyla Tharp's earlier book The Creative Habit which I always reread before beginning any major project — book, website redesign, remodeling. I look forward to reading Twyla Tharp's advice on aging.

About Keep It Moving, the publisher says:

One of the world’s legendary artists and bestselling author of The Creative Habit shares her secrets—from insight to action—for harnessing vitality, finding purpose as you age, and expanding one’s possibilities over the course of a lifetime in Twyla Tharp's newest New York Times bestseller Keep It Moving.

Merci to Rocki for her comments on the PBS documentary and for the tip on Twyla Tharp's latest book. How thrilling it must to have been to see Baryshnikov perform in a theater. Not once, but twice!

You can learn more about the Twyla Tharp documentary on its PBS page.

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone