Don’t Be Clueless in the Coachella Valley

Deep breath.. Deeper exhale. Ahhhhh… Summer.

Deep breath.. Deeper exhale. Ahhhhh… Summer.

By | May 27, 2015 at 8:36 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX Family time. Busy views through open windows. Sometimes more heard than seen. Many remembered from repeated hearings every summer from whenever. The musical clink of spoon on glass as Mom mixes lemonade through the over-the-sink kitchen window. A toddler...

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I Got Sunshine In The Month Of May…

I Got Sunshine In The Month Of May…

By | May 21, 2015 at 2:32 am | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX This month of May is almost one for the history books, but what a wonder it has been for the denizens of our fair Coachella Valley.  You know who we’re talking about. Those caring, curious, cause-aware residents who moved here thinking they were going...

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You Go Girl!

You Go Girl!

By | May 14, 2015 at 1:51 am | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX Sing it out loud and proud, Guenevere:  “Tra la! It's May! The lusty month of May! That lovely month when ev'ryone goes Blissfully astray. Tra la! It's here! That shocking time of year When tons of wicked little thoughts Merrily appear! It's May! It's...

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It’s all about the big “S”

It’s all about the big “S”

By | April 23, 2015 at 1:28 am | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX Sustainability.  That’s the word of the new millennium.  In the 80’s the word was “paradigm”. In the 90s, it was “re-purposing”---turning an old sock into a dust-rag, perhaps.  And now, ladies and gentlemen, as we get ready to dance thru...

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Going Greener

Going Greener

By | April 16, 2015 at 1:24 am | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX “It’s not easy being green,” sighed Kermit, the shyly fearless leader of The Muppets (watch for a return to TV!), singing and picking at his mandolin, decrying blending in with so many “ordinary” things, but finally deciding that as “the...

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Spring Has Sprung!

Spring Has Sprung!

By | April 2, 2015 at 12:25 am | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX The Vernal equinox sprang (Boing!) with great joy into all its Spring Fever, all its Spring Break, all its Spring Showers bringing May Flowers,(or more transparently Spring Flurries) on last Friday, on the 20th of March .  And according to  John...

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What Are You Doing This Week?

What Are You Doing This Week?

By | March 12, 2015 at 3:15 am | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX There’s nothing like a little music to bring us around to n full consciousness from our winter stupor and to put us in the right mood for “The Rites of Spring,” a ballet composed by Stravinsky that sent the swells in tails and swellistas in tulle...

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Magic is in the March Air…

Magic is in the March Air…

By | March 5, 2015 at 3:27 am | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX Sorry, this response is so tardy, but I was so impressed by Lady Gaga’s awesome tribute to The Sound of Music at the Oscars (February 22) and the surprise appearance of the also-impressed film’s star, Julie Andrews, that I could hardly type and keep...

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We’re in the Midst of The Season!

We’re in the Midst of The Season!

By | February 26, 2015 at 2:11 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX As if we needed to tell you. You, who have your manicurist and hair stylist on Speed-dial. Along with the Nanny your kids spend more time with than they do with you, and the clean-up crew who know how to get red wine out of the mink-embellished cape you...

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Lights! Camera! Action! Style! Smile! Over here! Turn this Way! Smile!

Lights! Camera! Action! Style! Smile! Over here! Turn this Way! Smile!

By | February 18, 2015 at 6:38 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX For the Hollywood starry firmament dressed in Glamorama Garb, it’s a step-and-repeat world and you don’t want to trip up on the Red Carpet, bloody red, as the English would murmur ever so stiff upper lip and through firmly gritted teeth. Advice from...

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Fair Warning!

Fair Warning!

By | February 12, 2015 at 12:32 am | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX Hey, Guys and Dolls! Gender incorrectness be-darned. Valentine’s Day is two days away. Celebrate your Sweetheart by getting tickets to The McCallum Theatre for the musical “Guys and Dolls” playing five performances this weekend. Whether your...

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You’re Going To Love It

You’re Going To Love It

By | February 5, 2015 at 4:18 am | No comments

By Diane Marlin-Dirkx Love what you ask? Think, dear Cupcake and Stud Muffin. February 14? It’s just around the corner! Valentine’s Day! For those aliens among us, this is the story we celebrate every year on February 14. Legend has it that when Claudius II forbid his...

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What a Season!

What a Season!

By | January 29, 2015 at 1:32 am | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX If you can’t find something to do to get you out of the house, to release you from the clutches of the remote and away from the boob tube, to inspire you to shove aside all the toys your hands are constantly fiddling with all hours of the day and...

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Uke’ Gotta See This

Uke’ Gotta See This

By | January 22, 2015 at 4:54 am | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX Full Disclosure Your humble correspondent grew up with an affinity for team player-ship, in today’s psycho-parlance, “playing well with others,” or is that psyche-parlance? Yes, that’s correct. Psycho-parlance would be wrong. Offensive....

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Heads up! Tis’ The Season!

Heads up! Tis’ The Season!

By | January 15, 2015 at 12:14 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX No, not the jolly season led by the guy in red and his belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly---read below for a solution, Santa. We’re referring to the approaching onslaught in our sights of The Season of “Doings,” from luncheons to evening...

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… And 2015 Begins.

… And 2015 Begins.

By | January 8, 2015 at 3:51 am | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX With all the strands of pretty tree lights twisted into dreadlocks, the splendiferous Angel at the top of the tree—fallen, the glittery ornaments passed down and saved more or less with care, their MIA hangers all re-purposed long ago, we have...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

By | January 1, 2015 at 2:25 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX We breathed our last “Goodbye” to 2014 last night before drifting off to sleep, and this morning greeted the New Year with all the enthusiasm of a day off. All the resolutions that were carefully pondered and penned on a list have been, I believe...

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Merry Christmas! We Love Tradition.

Merry Christmas! We Love Tradition.

By | December 23, 2014 at 11:37 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX Especially during the Holidays when you can go off-trend and pull everything you’ve loved and enjoyed for years, some since childhood, and others for decades perhaps, around you like a warm blanket, like friendly memories. Everything is ready to...

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How many days before the Big HO HO HO?

How many days before the Big HO HO HO?

By | December 18, 2014 at 8:20 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX Eight (8) Days, 192 Hours, 11,520 minutes---more or less, cupcake---discounting closed stores and miscalculation by a sprinkles-jammed calculator on my desk. . No, can’t be. Say it isn’t so! Here’s your cue: Get a hustle in your bustle, Dude and...

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Don’t Let The Rain Get You Down

Don’t Let The Rain Get You Down

By | December 11, 2014 at 3:08 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX This week started out with promise and then, with the long-awaited drenching from above, slick patent-leather wet streets turned into hours of eat-bon-bons- and- read- movie-magazines lie-downs-with feet-up escapes into romance, imaginings and...

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GIVE, GIVE, GIVE! Smile, Smile, smile, you’re on a roll for the holidays.

GIVE, GIVE, GIVE! Smile, Smile, smile, you’re on a roll for the holidays.

By | December 3, 2014 at 11:14 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX Perhaps a rich chocolate Yule Log jelly roll cake with calories-full of luxurious, luscious creamy filling! (Be careful out there on the party circuit.) Remember, Tis the season to ringa-sing out with the Fa-la-las, the Merry-Merrys, Num-num-nums and to...

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Have a Great Thanksgiving

Have a Great Thanksgiving

By | November 27, 2014 at 12:31 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX We hope your Thanksgiving celebration is fabulous for you and your loved ones…and the turkey didn’t mind too much! After all, that beautifully feathered bird was the centerpiece---shorn of his glory, but the star of the show and delicious to boot. In...

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I Can Almost Smell That Turkey…

I Can Almost Smell That Turkey…

By | November 19, 2014 at 11:10 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX We love this time of year. The snowbirds have returned and are settling into the Desert lifestyle, making all our lives easier—no sitting in the left fast lane with a death-grip on the wheel looking for their turn, no counting out the exact change at...

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Tis’ the Season!

Tis’ the Season!

By | November 13, 2014 at 11:35 am | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX Tis the season! No, not that Merry Season, writ in fancy-schmancy script that twists your stomach into queasy knots as you wonder how you’re going to fill the stockings hung on the fireplace without burning the house down for the insurance, or...

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Back to Having a Clue!

Back to Having a Clue!

By | November 6, 2014 at 2:06 am | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN-DIRKX The last thing I remember before the fade-to-bliss of a slothful summer—blessedly settling around me like a soft blanket, sending my senses to quietly play in another garden--- is stretching my frame on the summer porch’s daybed, creaky springs and...

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Professional Summer-ites

Professional Summer-ites

By | May 29, 2014 at 12:42 am | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN- DIRKX You just don’t give up, do you? It’s almost summer; we’ve endured triple-digit temps in May, and next with thanks to Rodgers and Hammerstein, guess what is twirling your personal “Carousel.” “June is bustin' out all over!” That’s the...

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Sigh of Romance

Sigh of Romance

By | May 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN- DIRKX We’re in for a Fabulous week. Let us count the ways: Musical Flourishes are the embellishment of a serious romance with chocolate Bon-Bons its ornamentation (if you’re wise); “Flower Drop” is a rather unromantic term until you think of flowers...

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Don’t Let The Dress Wear You.

Don’t Let The Dress Wear You.

By | May 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN- DIRKX We attended a very spiffy and sartorially special luncheon the other day at one of our splendid desert eateries known for its toque-worthy chef, as well as its people-watching gustatory groupies. The head-swirling at the tables was mind-boggling. We...

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It’s May Already…?

It’s May Already…?

By | May 7, 2014 at 9:37 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN- DIRKX A message from Alice’s White Rabbit: They’re late! They’re LATE! Note these very important dates just in to our newsroom: Tomorrow evening, Friday, May 9, 7pm, The Coachella Valley Symphony season finishes on a high note with “Music on the...

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You will be missed and remiss…

You will be missed and remiss…

By | April 30, 2014 at 4:25 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN- DIRKX No, it wasn’t a tsunami that was caused by the desert denizens’ collective exhale as the “Season” trickled down to a precious few events of fundraising folderol, that always includes the clatter of stiletto heels at luncheons, swank cocktail...

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Happy Easter Everyone!

Happy Easter Everyone!

By | April 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN- DIRKX You better watch out. You better not cry. Better not pout, I'm telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to …oops that’s not right. Wait, wait…Here comes Peter Cottontail hoppin' down the bunny trail, Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on its way. Now...

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What does music do for you?

What does music do for you?

By | April 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN- DIRKX In the happy hedonism of today’s hectic lifestyle, everything has to be meaningful to your life, a self-indulgent fix, or a narcissistic pleasure. Is it a quiet background? Does it help you study, or work, soothing your day under pressure? Or is it...

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Find The Right Words

Find The Right Words

By | April 2, 2014 at 6:25 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN- DIRKX As a writer, we---the “universal we,” not the “royal we”-- are always looking for the right word to bring the subject alive, to bring the reader into the picture, to give him or her a visceral feeling of identity, empathy or sympathy, to invest...

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March Madness

March Madness

By | March 26, 2014 at 6:55 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN- DIRKX There it is. Spelled out. A sum up in inky black type. Chic…Final. Where white is the absence of color, black is a mashup of all colors on the palette, and unsavory on the palate unless your diet includes Caviar---salty and expensive and not good for...

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Do You Know What Day It Is?

Do You Know What Day It Is?

By | March 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm | No comments

BY DIANE MARLIN- DIRKX I will not keep you in suspense. Today, March 20, is the first day of spring! Tra-la! “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party,’” said Robin Williams. Recently while I was out, a friend stopped by and left a clutch of about-to-bloom...

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