Daily Archives: April 19, 2008

The Pope Wears Prada

The question on my brain and the answer from London’s Daily Mail:

Why the Pope Wears Red Shoes

“Benedict XVI’s red loafers have drawn attention since he became Pope in 2005.

Dubbed the “Prada Pope” after the maker of the shoes, Benedict has been seen wearing the ruby red shoes during his trips and other important events.

The loafers are seen as a statement of his desire to demonstrate continuity with the symbols and history of the Church.

His predecessor, Pope John Paul II, wore brown shoes, which stood out. Though wearing red shoes is a papal tradition, the practice is optional.

Theology Professor Lawrence Cunningham of Notre Dame, in a podcast for NPR.org, said the Pope’s red shoes symbolize the blood of martyrdom.

“Traditionally, in the Catholic Church, the color red commemorates the blood of martyrdom … Fire and red are identified with the Holy Spirit,” Cunnigham said.

The shoes cost around $640 a pair, but the Pope gets them for free.”

P.S. The watch is Cartier.

— Downtown

Miss Popularity

Given that this day is about bringing my dysfunctional sibs to the table, I was inspired by today’s Daily OM to express the following:

Oh, to be loved. If only I’d learned such a thing as a kid. Instead, I took care of my parents whose shortcomings and lack of confidence put them in a position to live the lives as pretenders. Rather than accept who they were, love who they were and BE who they were, they aimed to live in a town where they were NOT welcome and that was after this UT girl was rejected as a City girl from one of this City’s prestigious ALL-girl independent schools. Please note, first rejection on record.

Granted NYC in the 1960’s was not much to write home about if you aimed to be part of an establishment to which you were not born. S and S were NOT of the City but rather Long Island (one of the Five Towns) and the north shore of Chicago. Their “privileged” upbringing(s) means that they were educated as in the case of the Long Islander, a first generation American, and the North Shore Suburbanite, a fifth generation American. The New Yorker was raised by a nanny, the MidWesterner wasn’t. In coming of age, having met while they were both in graduate school in “Cambridge,” yes, Cambridge, MA, they moved to NYC together and set out to create a life together on the Upper West Side. I suspect that had they been true to themselves, they might not have moved out of the City or perhaps moved to Brooklyn or MAYBE Scarsdale, where “people like them” were welcome. Where a blonde hair blue eyed daughter might have accepted her heritage and NOT aimed to be like the blue blooded Wasps with whom she played. But then, a kid is a kid and at a certain juncture, all she wants to do is “fit in.” Which is precisely what happened to S & S. They wanted to fit in. BUT had they embraced their inner selves, they might have found a community where they could BE themselves and not TRY to be something they weren’t.

Despite my rant, I understand that as parents, they did the best they could. Now that they are no longer here, and believe me, I miss them dearly despite their shortcomings, it is incumbent upon me to accept myself for who I am, from whence I’ve come and to do my best to encourage my children to like love themselves and just be the best they can be, whatever their aspirations, now and in the future.

April 19, 2008
Easy Attraction
Libra Daily Horoscope

You are likely attracting a great deal of attention and praise from your loved ones and peers today, so you may feel more charming than usual. A sense that you are captivating others with your wit or wisdom can inspire curiosity within you, prompting you to question the origin of your new magnetism. You may discover that the answer is simple and lies in your smile, your laughter, and your openness. As you express your amiability and generous spirit, you will likely find that you never want for company and are bombarded with friendly overtures from individuals who are cheerful and buoyant. If you allow your natural ebullience to shine forth today, you will unconsciously invite good people into your life.

And with that, i have to say, it’s good to be loved but most important is to love yourself. And since I turned 40, I’m doing a fairly good job. There’s one problem though, I’m getting a bit frustrated over the ideas I generate and inability to be monetarily compensated. As the husband tells me, it’s all in the execution. So, on to execution…

peace, love and executionally yours,

UT

The Colors are Changing

DT,

Is it me or is wordpress playing with the palette? Day before yesterday the “write page” was filled with hues of blues, mostly on the light side, while today it’s blue with orange – perhaps as a testimony to the Knicks need for a new manager. Isaiah Thomas was let go… no, I’m not a sports fan but the ten-year old shared the news with me before he said good morning earlier today.

Color is VERY important to this uptown girl, which might explain, thanks to the spring flowers in full bloom, why I’m so much happier these days.

The popeFEST continues at this end. Lot’s of motorcades, traffic stoppages etc yesterday. My favorite was upon crossing town from West to East yesterday afternoon on the M79 bus, the ten year old and I opted to walk South on Fifth Avenue rather than take wait for a bus. Once we hit 74th street, however, the metal barricades were up across the sidewalks (east and west sides of Fifth Ave) with multiple police people standing guard. The ka-razy thing was that we were able to board a bus and ride through the barricade, motor traffic was at a near standstill, however foot traffic was curtailed between 74 and 72. Guess how long it took us to travel two blocks… answer at end of post.

The 10 yr old and his dad are at Randalls island for baseball this morning, the 14 yr old slumbers. Plans for the day include a visit to Bloomingdales so that the 8th grader can finally purchase her spring dress for “middle school graduation” and my long awaited visit to Fifth Avenue for the Pope Parade. Then home to set the table for the sibs, cousins and elijah who will be joining us for dinner. Disfunction at it’s best. My plan is to make an effort to NOT take what anyone says personally, to celebrate freedom (honestly), and commit to not serving traditional Seder food ever again. I don’t like it and since my juice fast of two weeks back, the thought of eating meat repulses me…

By the way, I learned yesterday that His Holiness traveled from DC to JFK in the PopePlane. haven’t seen an image. Do you suppose it has an extra high ceiling so that he can stand throughout the journey, pope hat on. or is a 747, bubble top, sufficient?

The answer to the length of time it took to travel 2 blocks yesterday: 10 minutes.

It was fun, this is all fun.

next year in jerusalem.

xo UT

ps and speaking of changes in the layout of this page, what happened to the tags box??? this disarray is surely due to my generational handicap. i don’t suppose that you have encountered the same? have you?

The Colors are Changing

DT,

Is it me or is wordpress playing with the palette? Day before yesterday the “write page” was filled with hues of blues, mostly on the light side, while today it’s blue with orange – perhaps as a testimony to the Knicks need for a new manager. Isaiah Thomas was let go… no, I’m not a sports fan but the ten-year old shared the news with me before he said good morning earlier today.

Color is VERY important to this uptown girl, which might explain, thanks to the spring flowers in full bloom, why I’m so much happier these days.

The popeFEST continues at this end. Lot’s of motorcades, traffic stoppages etc yesterday. My favorite was upon crossing town from West to East yesterday afternoon on the M79 bus, the ten year old and I opted to walk South on Fifth Avenue rather than take wait for a bus. Once we hit 74th street, however, the metal barricades were up across the sidewalks (east and west sides of Fifth Ave) with multiple police people standing guard. The ka-razy thing was that we were able to board a bus and ride through the barricade, motor traffic was at a near standstill, however foot traffic was curtailed between 74 and 72. Guess how long it took us to travel two blocks… answer at end of post.

The 10 yr old and his dad are at Randalls island for baseball this morning, the 14 yr old slumbers. Plans for the day include a visit to Bloomingdales so that the 8th grader can finally purchase her spring dress for “middle school graduation” and my long awaited visit to Fifth Avenue for the Pope Parade. Then home to set the table for the sibs, cousins and elijah who will be joining us for dinner. Disfunction at it’s best. My plan is to make an effort to NOT take what anyone says personally, to celebrate freedom (honestly), and commit to not serving traditional Seder food ever again. I don’t like it and since my juice fast of two weeks back, the thought of eating meat repulses me…

By the way, I learned yesterday that His Holiness traveled from DC to JFK in the PopePlane. haven’t seen an image. Do you suppose it has an extra high ceiling so that he can stand throughout the journey, pope hat on. or is a 747, bubble top, sufficient?

The answer to the length of time it took to travel 2 blocks yesterday: 10 minutes.

It was fun, this is all fun.

next year in jerusalem.

xo UT

ps and speaking of changes in the layout of this page, what happened to the tags box??? this disarray is surely due to my generational handicap. i don’t suppose that you have encountered the same? have you?