Great Date Bait – Marin Open Studios this weekend

The merry month of May in Marin …. The perfect destination for great dates – be it a first date or a 50th…

Here are a few of my very favorite things:

1.Drive, bike, ferry, paddle-board over to Marin for the annual Marin Open Studios –  Seek out Mill Valley artist, Laura Roebuck – Studio 54A  located at  332 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. Look for the Red Door. 

Walking from studio to studio and ending up downtown MV for drinks or dinner is a perfect date. Or, pop over to The Buckeye in Sausalito or Pacific Catch in Corte Madera.

2. Check out  the The Mill Valley Public Library – Not your typical library- floor to ceiling windows- impressive library enshrouded in a beautiful Redwood forest

3. Sol Food – 3000 Yelp Reviews cant be wrong- Fabulous Latin American Food. Have a picnic. Located In San Rafael and Mill Valley.

4.The Frank Lloyd Wright building – San Rafael – Marin County Civic Center and site for the state- famous Sunday Farmers Market

5. Pacific Catch  restaurant Re-Open in Corte Madera – Awesome Fish House and Bar

6. Goodman’s Lumber- Weekend Warriors Unite – Go-to for building supplies, hardware, home decor goods, paint, garden tools & other DIY essentials

7. Poggio Restaurant – One of Marin’s Best: Serving  delicious & fresh Italian food, Downtown Sausalito. George is everyone’s favorite bartender.


In Mill Valley –  Check out Studio 54A-   Studio: Laura Roebuck

Look  for the Red Door and the balloons

332  Miller Avenue


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A grandmother’s Tales of the City

Sweet Memories of one hot, historical, Grandmother

Suddenly Single in Marin

My great-grandmother arrived from Ireland after the Gold Rush (1848) and in time for the great 1906 Earthquake.

A wee lass of a gal (according to her colorful legendary account) when the earthquake hit-in an Unsinkable Molly Brown wave of bravado- she stood atop a sea of hat boxes that fell from the closet, and rode them like a surfboard.

After the quake, the mere slip of a girl went from room to room  in the boarding house and rescued each of the elderly (in their 20’s and 30’s) borders.

In later years, her tale morphed into an account of her as a Search and Rescue Superstar. And as fate would have it, she was wearing a red jumper with a yellow star when the quake hit- a self-appointed superstar heroine.

The women in the boarding house adored my great-grandmother and lavished thanks and gifts upon her.

For many years…

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Shoot! Worst First Date

Sydney thought Jack was a charming, smart, sexy guy.

Their first date, the two hours flew by and they were both agreeable and anxious to see one another again.

He asked her what she liked to do – she said, “Surprise me.”

His cousin told him about a “cool shooting range” in Morgan Hill. It sounded like a fun, inexpensive, few-hour, Groupon Date – then they could go to Monterey for the rest of the day.

He half listened to his cousin as he scored the online coupon and spent more time making reservations at the Sardine Factory for an early dinner. Sydney mentioned a love for Key Lime Martinis and Jack knew they served them there. Perfect.

That Saturday, with downloaded directions, coupons in hand, he was pumped that he scored reservations at the busy restaurant. Perfect!

Sydney was excited to see Jack again – he told her he had a day of surprises planned. She was all in.

The arrived at the MonarchShooting/Defense Class – were very excited to see one another and floated into the class – expecting to be entertained and educated. As a rule, Groupon’s are generally tame.

Little did they know…

Their teacher was evidently suffering from some kind of inferiority complex -and went out his way to be rough, tough and macho. He was a “Rules Man” and all the rules were his- thank you, very much.

First on the Agenda was Introductions. Jack and Sydney exchanged smiles. Jack started and the teacher barked at Jack and corrected him. He was curt and abusive. Surely this was an act…Sydney went next – shared the particulars and Mr Bryan was even more perturbed with her. Really? What kind of loser was this guy?

The next ten people were individually verbally abused and embarrassed.

Jack saw how uncomfortable Sydney was and he was astounded by the punk attitude of the grandiose teacher. At the break, Jack said – “Let’s leave and go to Monterey and play.”

They practically skipped to the car – delighted to be free from Mr Monarch Defense. He was all Offensive – not Defensive.

The rest of the day was sublime. The couple enjoyed each other and were slowly falling in love. For the rest of their lives they would have the “Worst First Date Story.”

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The new Cougar comes in two models

I was sitting at Equator Coffee, engrossed in Liane Moriarty’s new book, Big Little Lies  sipping a mug of Panacea Green Tea.

Two women, dripping with shopping bags, came in and plopped down at the table behind me.  They were loud and lively.  I couldn’t help but overhear the conversation.

First voice: “Hey, look over there.”

Second voice: “What? Oh, right. Oh, yeah.”

First voice: “I call it the 60/30 Conundrum

Second voice: “What do you mean?”

First Voice: “What do you call guys around 60 who date girls around 30?

(Not missing a beat) “Grand Paws!”

(Laughter explodes)





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Mr. Easter Bunny, bring me a sweetheart

Dear Easter Bunny,

Skip the chocolate drops, the Pink Peeps and the pastel jellybeans.

 This year, cancel the Marshmallow Eggs and the yummy bonbons from See’s, Godiva and TCHO.

 Bring me a man.

You get around. You know the score: 1.5 zillion single men and women in the United States are online- all hovering over their computer screens Match-ing, being Tinder, seeking Chemistry and Harmony. It is not all sweetness and light, Mr. Peter Cottontail.

couple-437987__180Mr. Rabbit, I need sugar.

No, not that white stuff and certainly not the high-fructose-corn-syrup stuff, either.  I want real sugar, sweetheart.

I asked Mr. Sandman to bring me a dream.

eggs-672460__180Didn’t happen.

I even asked Santa Claus (when it was a real Silent Night) to bring a bouquet of mistletoe and put Mr. McDreamy under my tree… And what did I get? Veritable coal in my Christmas stocking. Ouch!

eggs-669237__180Recently, I met one man, he was mad as a March hareLast week, I met another guy, a bike rider – actually – Harley-Davidson /Hells Angels caliber with a gleaming, chrome dome (no hare.)

All I want for Easter is …

So, Mr. Easter Bunny, skip the chocolates and bring me a sweetheart.

Love and kisses,

Miss Marry Marin

aka    Amazing Grace


You are Amazing, Grace!

Thanks for sharing your your “love letter” to  Peter Cottontail. I bet those cute guys on will love it.

Love,  Page



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The Party is Over? Peggy Noonan says

“...When you give a party two unwon wars, one a true foreign-policy catastrophe, and a great recession, it will begin to break because its members lose confidence in its leaders.

When the top of the party believes in things that the bottom of the party doesn’t want (on immigration, entitlements and trade), things will break further.

The bottom will begin to feel the top no longer cares about it.

That will end their loyalty.

Mr. Trump’s Republican foes are wrong in thinking his followers are just sticking with the party.

They’re not, they’ve broken from the party.”


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Marin: You didn’t get the Patchouli Oil Memo?


fruits and flowers

Dear Denizens of Marin County (50+)

So, you didn’t get the memo, huh?

Patchouli Oil has gone the way of EST, Earthshoes, the Frug, the Twist, Pet Rocks and Puku Shells.

You sat next to me at the Lark Theater – we moved. I sat down at the Mill Valley Library wondering why so many chairs were empty. Phew! Pew! It was you.

You wafted in and out of  stores in San Rafael…the Sausalito Ferry offered solace and strong winds…and, you were there! And, at the Dipsea, Open Studios – we knew you were near

You put the P-U in Patchouli, darling.

Catch my drift takes on  whole different meaning…

Please, please take your pretty flasks of offensive oils and donate them to the Toxic Recycling Center.

And, the County will be a sweet smelling place, again.



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In the Pink: Really Support Planned Parenthood


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Koch Bros in Bed with The Trumpettes?

marx-brot222The Kochs*, had a party and invited close friends:
~~~Richard Mellon Scaife,  heir to the Mellon banking and Gulf Oil fortunes;
~~~Harry and Lynde Bradley, midwesterners enriched by defense contracts;
~~~John M. Olin, a chemical and munitions company titan;
~~~The Coors brewing family of Colorado;
~~~Betsy DeVos and hubby of Michigan, founders of Amway

(In 2012, according to the EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory database, which documents the toxic and carcinogenic output of 8,000 American companies, Koch Industries was the Number One Producer of toxic waste in the United States.

It generated 950 million pounds of hazardous materials that year, alone.)


Big Buddies: Mercer, Bannon, Trump and  Cadell

Multi-Millionaire Mercer:  spends time and Millions for the empowerment of Trump, Bannon and the alt-right, which has included anti-Semitic and white-supremacist voices. 

See New Yorker Article here

The Secret Meeting?

“The White House declined to divulge what Trump and Caddell discussed in North Charleston, as did Caddell.
But that afternoon, Trump issued perhaps the most incendiary statement of his Presidency: a tweet calling the news media “the enemy of the American people.” Really?

The proclamation alarmed liberals and conservatives alike.

William McRaven, the retired Navy admiral who commanded the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, called Trump’s statement a “threat to democracy.”

The President is infamous  for tweeting impulsively, but in this case his words weren’t spontaneous: they clearly echoed the thinking of Caddell, Bannon, and Mercer.

In 2012, Caddell gave a speech at a conference sponsored by Accuracy in Media, a conservative watchdog group, in which he called the media “the enemy of the American people.”

Coincidence?  That declaration was promoted by Breitbart News, a platform for the pro-Trump alt-right, of which Bannon was the Executive Chairman, before joining the Trumpettes .


BookEnds: KellyA and Bannon:  Mercer was a major supporter of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for president.

Mercer and his daughter played a role in the elevation of Stephen Bannon and Kellyanne Conway into senior roles in the Trump campaign

Quelle Surprise: One of the main stakeholders in Breitbart News is the angry and  reclusive Robert Mercer.”


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Uh oh, the ladies are leaving – big online dating Exodus

Leaving the Party?

Suddenly Single in Marin

dead-44155__180Massive Exit: Girls 50+ say the playing field is not level.

 Exit Sign

There are approximately 2.5 million people in enrolled in online dating sites like, eHarmony, OKCupid, Tinder, Plenty of Fish, Chemistry, and Christian

The dating sites are made up of 52 % men and 48% women. What are the odds? Who are the odds?

To tell the truth

Fact: More men lie about height and age than women. Women tend to erase a few pounds. Go figure…

More men set their sights on dating a younger companion. Ladies, generally tend to “Date their decade.” Truth be told, a lot of guys-all gaga with this new suddenly single chapter admit to thinking “This time around (post divorce and long marriage) I’m gonna get me a babe!” Really, Fred Mertz?

 Thou doth protest too much

Men over 50: aiming to appear youthful and virile, drown their online dating…

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