Saturday, April 21, 2018

First Ladies Gather at Barbara Bush Funeral

First ladies tradition...

Melania Trump, one of four first ladies, at Barbara Bush's funeral in Houston today.

A lot about being first lady is unofficial, Gilliam Brockell reports on

The title is invented, the job unpaid and the mandate unclear: Be fashionable but not flashy; be involved but not interfering, Brockwell wrote.

Pick a cause, make a mark -- but not too much of a mark, she added.

For more about first ladies and the four -- Melania Trump, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton -- who gathered today at Barbara Bush's funeral today in Houston as part of a tradition dating to the 1960s:

Next time on The Allen Report:
Smile: Here Comes Your New Week.

Musical Moments: Schubert, Symphony No. 8

One of the greatest...

Musical Moments features music and artists I've enjoyed over the years.

Today's selection is one of the greatest classical music pieces ever written: Schubert's Symphony No. 8:

Photo: Pinterest.
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First Ladies Gather at Barbara Bush Funeral.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Darien Finishes an Active Real Estate Week

Weekly update...

Spring gold.

Darien finished an active residential real week today.

Results, according to the Darien MLS, were:

-- 18 new listings of property for sale;
-- 13 price changes;
-- Eight accepted offers;
-- Two properties going under contract, and
-- Three closings.

For more:

Next time on The Allen Report:
Musical Moments: Schubert, Symphony No. 8.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Reddit's Alexis Ohanian Opens Up

All about Reddit, Serena Williams, waffles and Metallica...

A bouncing Reddit logo.

Depending on your perspective, Reddit represents either the best of the web, or the worst, David Gelles reports on

Critics say the freewheeling community forum website is a cesspool of hate speech and pornography, where anonymous trolls can make incendiary comments without facing consequences, Gelles wrote.

But the Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian argues that open debate is essential for a healthy democracy even if it pushes boundaries, and that the company is taking appropriate steps to curb harassment, Gelles added.

For a terrific interview with Ohanian:

Photos: Pinterest.
Next time on The Allen Report:
The Latest Darien Real Estate Update.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Find Out if Facebook Shared Your Data


Be on the lookout for new warnings from Facebook about your privacy.

Some Facebook users began seeing a message titled “Protecting Your Information” at the top of their news feed last week, Austin O'Conner reports on
There are reportedly two versions of the message, with one focusing specifically on the Cambridge Analytica situation and another offering tips on how to protect and control what information you allow Facebook to share with other apps and websites, O'Conner wrote.
Here’s the Facebook message to those affected: "We have banned the website 'This Is Your Digital Life,' which one of your friends used Facebook to log into. You can learn more about what happened and how you can remove other apps and websites any time if you no longer want them to have access to your Facebook information," O'Conner added.

If you’re a Facebook user and you haven’t seen the message, it’s likely that you’re not among the 87 million folks whose private information was dubiously shared with the data analytics firm. But it’s still advisable to make sure, and you can do that by going here, he noted.
Next time on The Allen Report: 
Reddit's Alexis Ohanian Opens Up.

How She Calmly Landed Yesterday's Stricken Airliner

Nerves of steel...

Tammie Jo Schults, the pilot who flew the stricken Southwest plane to safety yesterday.

The pilot's voice was calm yet focused as her plane descended with 149 people on board, Samanthan Schmidt reports on

"Southwest1380, we're single engine." said Tammie Jo Schults, a former fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy, according to Schmidt.

"We have part of the aircraft missing, so we're going to need to slow down a bit," Schmidt added.

She asked for medical personnel to meet her on the runway.  "We've got injured passengers," Schmidt noted.

For more on yesterday's ill-fated Southwest flight and the excellent pilot who safely landed the stricken airliner:

Photos: Heavy.
Next time on The Allen Report: 
Find Out if Facebook Shared Your Data.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

How to Cook Perfect Pasta

Pasta secrets...

Molto buono.

Are you cooking pasta the best way?

Missy Robbins of Lilia, a "pasta destination" in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood has earned high praise for pasta dishes, Kate Krader reports on bloomberg. com.

How does Robbins do it?

For her tips on creating the perfect pasta:

Photo: Giphy.
Next time on The Allen Report:
How She Calmly Landed Yesterday's Stricken Airliner.