Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Organized Chaos: Moving Day at the White House

The transfer of families...

Moving day at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The most frenzied American ritual you've never seen is called the "transfer of families," Bonnie Berkowitz reports on

"I call it organized chaos," Gary Walters, who choreographed several transfers of families in his 21 years as the White House chief usher.

For an excellent report on the frenzied hours of White House moving day and more:

Moving in the Obamas' house hold goods in 2009 during President Obama's inauguration.

Photos: Google,

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Family-Friendly Kitchen Designs

Heart of the home...

Stunning kitchen designs.

The heart of the home, the kitchen, is the one place where you're sure to find family and friends cooking, eating, and enjoying each other's company day in and day out, architecturaldigest. com reports.

The secrets to family-friendly kitchens include room for mingling and comfortable seating, the service added.

Photos: Pinterest.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sneak Peek: New Gadgets for 2017

Coming soon...

Look for even newer gadgets in the future to capture the public's imagination and be featured by the media.

For a video featuring a new Telsa, iPhone, Nintendo Switch and more:  (If audio doesn't work, click video off and back on again.)

Photos: Tumblr, Pinterest.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Start Your New Week With a Smile


Still handles like a dream.

Start your new week with a smile:

-- Buick: More than you expected:

-- Google: Happier holidays:

Photos: Tumblr, Pinterest.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Musical Moments: Spectacular New Hamburg Symphony Hall Opens


Grand Hall of the new Hamburg Elbphilharmonie.

After nearly a decade of anticipation, Hamburg's gorgeous new symphony hall opened this week.

For a wonderful tour by drone of the stunning new Elbphilharmonie:

For a video of the new symphony hall:

With thanks to my friend Hector Fuentes for letting me know about the Elbphilharmonie.

Hamburg's new Elbphilharmonie,


Friday, January 13, 2017

Darien Sees an Uptick in Real Estate Activity

Weekly update...

Darien saw an uptick in residential real estate activity in the week ending today.

Results, according to the Darien MLS, were:

-- 14 new listings of property for sale;
-- Two price changes;
-- Three accepted offers;
-- No properties going under contract, and
-- Seven closings.

For more: 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Busting the Friday the 13th Myth

Origin of a superstition...

Knights Templar in the Holy Land.

The origins of superstition can be hard to pin down, Becky Little reports on

Friday the 13th is one such example, she wrote.