Spring is in the air
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 3/18/2013, 11:27 a.m.
The clocks have sprung forward and Lent is nearing its end, so get over your dark and dreary nights. I just realized that I am not a cold-weather person. I've been layered for months now and it's weighing me down. Though I must admit that I did feel rather chic when I found an old mink three-quarter vest. I wore it for most of the winter over my old wool jacket, and boy was I warm. It was heavy, but I was warm.
It won't be long before I will be able to warm up my toes in the hot sands of Puerto Rico as spring break will soon be upon us. Only thing is--silly me--I got my dates all mixed up and thought spring break was two weeks later than it really is. Consequently, I booked the trip for the same week the kids are to go back to school. Meanwhile, Julia will be home for two weeks, with (sigh!) nothing to do but help mommy. Lucky mommy. Oh well. Travel is educational, so I guess we'll just have to make the best of it.
Happy birthday, Jean DeWees, Charlie E. Brown and LeAnna Wright Wong. Condolences to the Greenup family as Jeff Greenup Esq. quietly passed away. His funeral was held at Grace Congregational Church on 139th Street and attended by many long-time friends and associates, including Rob Lowe. In addition to being a dedicated lawyer of the people, Greenup also served in the United States Army, was a good father and was former husband to professional pianist Annie Greenup.
For all of you Facebook fans, you are probably familiar with the Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Her new book, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead," has drawn a lot of comments, questions, critique and concern from women across the board. The rich, the poor, those that are somewhere in between, the stay-at-home moms, the entrepreneurs and those climbing the corporate ladder on their way up to the glass ceiling all have their thoughts about Sandberg's theory on what it takes to succeed in business. Sandberg believes that for women to be successful in whatever they do, women have to "lean in" and support one another. One way is to form lean-in circles composed of women supporting, encouraging and standing by one another. Accordingly, Sandberg urges women "to lean in instead of slinking back and to have confidence in our talents and value."
Putting in their valuable two cents were Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch. Fashion icon von Furstenberg stated, "I think to lean in is to follow your heart. It depends on where you are in life, what your job is and what doors are opening for you. I think it's important for women to have children, but just as important to push hard when that door starts to open." Then there was Burch, who started her multimillion dollar business with a dollar and a dream, who said, "My greatest challenge is balancing my family and my career. It's a juggling act every day. At work, I try to create an environment where people can have flexibility. It's not about clocking people in and out. It's about the quality of the work. When you make it easier for people to have a successful family life, it breeds creativity and happiness; it enables people to have a full and fulfilling life."