Nurture Sparkle

Nurture Sparkle

I love to see and feel emotional sparkle. Seeing my husband and daughter sparkling together above makes me sparkle too. So does connecting with others who are passionate about their work. Like designer Jason Wu:

Thanks to A Better Chicago, I enjoyed the Jason Wu fashion show at the Art Institute and dinner with the designer and others afterwards. Wu skyrocketed to fame when Michelle Obama wore his gown to her husband’s first inauguration. The first lady’s only design parameter was, “It has to sparkle.”

Fashion design makes Skatie sparkle too. She is already Creative Director of the Cashmere By Tania fashion house in London. Tania is the second from the left below. I will forever be her fan and friend because of the opportunity and support she gives Skatie. Tania is great fun to be with too!

Jason’s advice to Skatie was “Go for it! Start designing your dreams now.” His advice to me – nurture her fashion sparkle – of course.

Thank You For Making Pat

“Thank you for making Pat. He is an amazing human being … and a talented musician.” – Jack & his wife

Pat Noyes in his solo performance at FIZZ Thursday night. Photo courtesy of Jack.

Pat Noyes, our 28-year-old son, is an artist. He describes his specialties as:

Music, Film, Words and Surfing.

He particularly specialzes in making surfing videos which also feature his orginal music. You can find them here:

But his songs are about much more than just surfing. They are emotional and beautiful, in a Bob Dylan meets Elton John (if he played the guitar) way.

Growing up, we always encouraged Pat and his siblings to pursue their passions. But I have to confess that I’ve questioned the wisdom of that during the last few years as Pat has put so much time and energy into these activities which don’t produce income.

But Thursday night, Pat’s solo performance at FIZZ in Chicago brought in a wonderful crowd of engaging and engaged people. Best of all, it ended with a man named Jack and his beautiful wife saying to me:

“Thank you for making Pat. He is an amazing person and a very talented musician.”

And they are right. I’m very proud of you, Pat. Apologies for my doubts.