2014 – SHEILA

Carolyn See, Sheila Kuehl and JJ at the house party celebrating Sheila’s running for the LA County Board of Supervisors.

Carolyn See, Sheila Kuehl and JJ at the house party celebrating Sheila’s running for the LA County Board of Supervisors.

I want to Talk about what will make this New Year a Happy One. And linger on some good memories of 2013. Saying the year is tricky for me. For some reason, once the 2000’s went into its teens; I went back to the 1900s. I could say 2012, but when 2013 came around, my mouth said 1913. Now 1914. I correct myself and say/write 2014, but maybe it has to do with another number that came my way in 2013? Like the number 80 …

The Magnificent Year of Edging 80: With the thought that 80 really might be coming my way, every occasion became a celebration of the big eight-zero. Little gatherings or large happenings gave me a chance to sprinkle thank-yous to friends who gave my long life a lift. The February trip to Maui, with my school pals Joan Weber and Carolyn See, still has me on a high. Carolyn and I were able to show appreciation to Joan who lifted our lives when we teenagers (we had no wardrobe and she shared hers). Thanks to the Westin Maui and Mark Ellman’s MALA and HONU, we had a comfortable, delicious and memorable holiday full of Mahalos and Aloha.

Special Ladies of the stage and screen at a Holiday Lunch: (top left to right) Barbara Perry, Miriam Nelson, Miriam Birch, Jackie Joseph, JoAnne Worley, Millicent Martin, Barbara Sharma; (front) Anne Jeffreys, Carole Cook and Charlotte Rae.

Special Ladies of the stage and screen at a Holiday Lunch: (top left to right) Barbara Perry, Miriam Nelson, Miriam Birch, Jackie Joseph, JoAnne Worley, Millicent Martin, Barbara Sharma; (front) Anne Jeffreys, Carole Cook and Charlotte Rae.

From the trip to Hawaii, to special friends lunches (Tolucans JoAnne Worley, Mitzi Brill and Dee Stratton), to an afternoon of fun in my home (with a fine Pony to ride), where I could express my appreciation for friendship with people from my early youth and through my zig-zagging life. It was fabulous.

And speaking of fabulous … Sheila.

SHEILA KUEHL: Something I have never done, ever in my whole life, is stand up to support a candidate for office from the git-go. One of my favorite 2013 days was a house party to introduce my friends and neighbors to the amazing Sheila Kuehl. Sheila is running for LA County Supervisor. I see this as the most wonderful news for my hometown, Los Angeles.

Please do me a personal favor and use the Internet to get to know Sheila. She has a lovely interview in the Archives of the Television Academy, as part of their Television History, One Voice At a Time. And find Sheila’s website. She actually gives enjoyable lessons on what a County Supervisor really is and what they do. It’s very big.

The blessing of being a columnist versus being a reporter is that I can express my own opinions. And in this upcoming spectacular year, my opinions on why Sheila Kuehl will be a blessing to LA County will be abundant. Let this be clear. She is a brilliant legislator with a storybook history of serving California. And she was Zelda Gilroy in Dobie Gillis!

Pony at party.

Pony at party.

2014 is offering a wealth of good people running for office but Sheila towers above them. I could go on, and I will. So please do your homework so we’ll be on the same page.

Last year’s landmarks include the first baby in the family, so welcome Skylar Ava Mandell, the beautiful daughter of Marc and Beata. And Skylar’s Aunt, Dana Mandell, had a lovely wedding to the very special Bryan Coopersmith. And Dana’s, Aunt Sheri Lawrence, pitched a strike at the opening of a Dodger game!

And David and I celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary.

David. In our years together, so compact, with 24/7 days, it seems like a little lifetime. It’s so good to sing the same songs, and remember (or help each other to), the same old movies.

David promised to take care of me, and so he does, in very sweet little ways and, in a lot of big ways. So we continue to build new memories and as we do …

We’ll Talk….

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