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.”

Designer Adrinne Neff, who lives in the Fort Tryon section of Manhattan, gave this good advice: “Learn how to negotiate. Learn how to haggle and be comfortable with it. Don’t be afraid of it. Haggle with everybody!” Everybody? Sounds like you might wear yourself out. Isn’t there ever a moment where like minds meet in peace?

Leaning in is something to think about, and though it’s created by a woman with women in mind, I always like to include the menfolk. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander; that’s what I always say. After all, who better to lean in with than your mate or partner, even if he is a man?

All is pretty quiet in Soulsville this week. So I was just daydreaming as I walked down the street one day when someone stopped and asked me, “Hey Cosmopolitan Reviewer, what do you think about Mayor Bloomberg banning the sale of 16-ounce sodas?” “Wow, I’m so glad you asked as I have an opinion on just about everything and cherish the moment when I get a chance to express what it may be on any given subject.”

Personally, I think it’s a great idea. Why would anyone want to drink 16 ounces of sugary, syrupy calorie-heavy soda that has barely any fizz to it and no nutritional value? Yuck!

“Okay, so how about banning Styrofoam coffee cups?” Excellent idea! Call me old school, but if I’m going to get a coffee to go, put it in a real container, not one that I can bite into and chew on the rim. For that matter, down with plastic, bring back the bottles, put milk back in a glass container (which I always look for and purchase over milk in a plastic container. By the way, it’s usually found at Pathmark.). If I’m going to use sugar, make it brown; if I’m eating rice, make it brown; and if it’s going in a bag, make it brown.

Until next week … kisses