Rolling out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, and life’s never been so good. Except for the unrest that plagues the Middle East and Ukraine. I confess I rarely watch the news any more, as the fighting is a bit more than I can bear. I did happen to catch one story about civil unrest in Mesopotamia, once known as the birthplace of civilization.

Reports are that the violence there between Christians and Islamists has escalated to life-threatening proportions. Islamist extremists are forcing the Christian community to either denounce their Christian beliefs, convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or die. People are fleeing the region wherever they can. If you ever wonder what’s good and right about America, it is the religious freedom.

The history of Mesopotamia, a region located between the Tigress and Euphrates rivers, dates back to 10,000 BCE. It was there that cities as we know them today were first invented, as was writing, the wheel, beer and wine. According to Joshua Mark, in an essay for the “Ancient History Encyclopedia,” Sept. 2, 2009 edition, “Women enjoyed nearly equal rights and could own land, file for divorce, own their own businesses, and make contracts in trade. The early brewers of beer and wine, as well as the healers in the community, were initially women. These trades were later taken over by men, it seems, when it became apparent they were lucrative occupations.

“The work one did, however, was never considered simply a ‘job’ but one’s contribution to the community and, by extension, to the gods’ efforts in keeping the world at peace and in harmony.”

This ancient land, which sits in the eastern portion of the Mediterranean region, is better known today as Iraq, portions of Iran, Syria and Turkey.

A little closer to home, out on the East End of Long Island, everyone is reeling upon learning that our dear friend B. Smith has been diagnosed with a rather debilitating disease. Her popular restaurant, located on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, has been sold and is now called Harlow. The menu still features the dishes we love, at reasonable prices, including the new popular dish, lobster sliders, three minilobster salads served on toasted buns. But the Boule Foundation has changed the venue for its annual scholarship summer soiree this year. They will host their Saturday picnic, but the Sunday jam will be on a boat that will cruise the bay. Tickets are extremely limited.

But back to B. Smith. She has been seen out and about among friends, who salute her as an icon, a woman who set the style long before it was popular. I recall the first time I met B. Smith. I was a very young adult out with a group of my girlfriends one Saturday evening. It was a warm night, and we were just hanging out in Soho, when this tall, beautiful lady approached us. She said she was having a party at her Soho loft and needed some girls because only guys had showed up. Would we please come? We said, “Sure,” and followed her home because, in those days, you could do things like that and it was OK. We were beyond amazed at being at a party in a Soho loft. The lights were bright, and it was all good, clean fun.

Over the years, whenever I ran into B. Smith, she always greeted me with the warmest smile. We have been good acquaintances since that party.

Also happening is the 2014 Hampton Designer Showhouse, which opened
Saturday, July 19, and will run until Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, in Bridgehampton, N.Y. Proceeds will benefit Southampton Hospital, Southampton, N.Y. For ticket info, visit www.hamptondesignershowhouse.com.

While some think the weather here has been pleasant, it hasn’t been hot enough for others, like Jay Flowers, who headed down to Miami for the Luli Fama runway show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015. The weather was hot, but the swimwear was hotter.

Many of us, both women and men, spent a lot of time at the Harlem YMCA getting into shape for the summer, so we could squeeze into some of that swimwear. It seems as though we did such a good job at using the facility that they will close for a major cleanup and overhaul. Beginning Monday, Aug. 25 through Friday, Aug. 29, the Harlem Y 135th Street branch will upgrade all cardio equipment, install new floors in the weight room and cardio center, sand and refinish wood floors in the gymnasium and studio, electrostatic paint the men’s lockers, repaint throughout the facility, including the pool ceiling, and drain and clean the pool.

You can look for the reopening Saturday, Aug. 30 at 6 a.m. The pool, gymnasium and studio will reopen on Monday, Sept. 1 at 7 a.m. (Labor Day).

William Kaans, Y branch director, reports, “During this process, all members will receive a free upgrade to a city-wide membership, which allows unlimited access to any other YMCA in the five boroughs, as we encourage you to stay healthy. Visit them at www.ymcanyc.org to check branch schedules and availability.”

Happy birthday, Mike Pies and Wendy Williams, who turned 50 years old. What better way to celebrate the big 5-0 than to have a party, which Wendy did, held at the OUT Hotel in New York City. Among those attending was her girl, Sherri Sheppard, who looked so cute in her khaki shorts and black tee, which were pulled together and complimented by sexy heels. Sherri’s hair looked fierce (for the summer) and her makeup was perfect (for the summer). Also in attendance were Richard Pryor Jr., actor Dule Hill and Shad Moss, formerly known as Bow Wow, who is now a talkshow host, which I find hilarious. The fact that he has gone from little Bow Wow to talkshow host just goes to show, dreams can come true. Chaka Khan provided the entertainment with a legendary diva performance.

I still can’t get over not seeing Jet magazine while standing in line at the checkout in the supermarkets, but as time marches on, so must we all. Jet, which you should know by now, has now gone digital and their website is quite attractive. Located at www.jetmag.com, the read is just as entertaining and informative as it has always been. A recent issue features “Five Financial Tips for Recent College Grads.” I had to laugh, as the first tip is to “move back home with your parents.” I am sure parents just love that one. Other tips include saving your money, paying bills on time and, when looking for a job, to not just rely on applying for jobs online but to get out there and network.

See you in the spotlight. Until next week … kisses.