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Tiffany & Co Prince & B’dway NYC

There is a scene in my book, Indigo Sky, where my heroine, Leila, goes shopping with her friend, Cornelia, at Tiffany & Co, at this Prince Street location. The two of them had a sweet time in that store.

I am putting together images for a trailer for Indigo Sky, to-be-published in October 2015, and found this Tiffany blog that I am re-blogging. It fascinated me—hope it does the same for you.

It was written around Valentine’s Day, 2009. A busy time for Tiffany, you can imagine, even today in 2015. This is Tiffany that the father founded with a business partner. The son was busy painting, and didn’t come into the business until later. I will add the painting that came along with this blog at the end. I was amazed and shocked at the painting. He happened to be a talented artist. Some of his work is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

When Tiffany & Co. moved “uptown”

Tiffany ad

Tiffany Ad

This is the time of year when Tiffany & Co gets lots of traffic; Valentine’s Day is a prime day to get engaged. It probably was in February 1905 as well. That month, Tiffany & Co. ran this full-page ad in the general interest magazine The Cosmopolitan.

Besides pushing their famed “Blue Book” catalog (still published in 2009!), the ad probably served to let readers know about Tiffany’s new uptown digs.

Earlier that year, the store had moved out of its longtime location on 15th Street and Union Square West—a cast-iron beauty now serving as a condo. With Union Square on its way to becoming a low-rent theater district, Tiffany’s joined Lord & Taylor, B. Altman’s, and other shops in fashionable midtown.

Tiffany’s started out in 1837 downtown opposite City Hall Park. The store did a stint on Broadway and Prince Street (see photo above) in the last years of the 19th century. They moved into their current Fifth Avenue and 57th Street building in 1940.


The beautiful street clocks along Fifth Avenue In “Flatiron District”

Three centuries and three views of Union Square In “Cool building names”

The 19th century “slave market” at Union Square In “Music, art, theater”

Tags: Tiffany & Co., Tiffany’s, Tiffany’s Blue Book catalog, Union Square, Valentine’s Day engagements

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Comfort Tiffany—son of Charles Tiffany, founder of Tiffany & Co, the famed jeweler then located on Prince Street and Broadway—is better known for his lovely stained glass.

Have you ever shopped Tiffany’s?



The Phoenix UFO blog I posted yesterday, was a point of interest for all you Sci-fi fans. Today my blog is about the Phoenix my kids live in. I found poky mountains, fine funky restaurants and fantastic family, and just like home in Connecticut, yellow dust, all in one week.

Phoenix has always been hot, hot, hot in the summer, that’s a given, but the air you breathe was pretty clean and had none or little pollen and most important, no humidity, whew. Allergy and arthritis sufferers moved to Phoenix for relief. Gone are those days. Phoenix is overpopulated. With overpopulation came trees and grasses, and well, you know . . . yellow dust, AKA pollen.

Still, you can’t miss the beauty and mystery of this place. No other like it. In spite of the yellow atmosphere, the skies at dusk are gorgeous. Mountains, poky and black, hiding buried treasures in there somewhere, so different from the green mountains in the Northeast.

The bridges that cross the highways have fences repeating the shapes of those poky mountains. Highways have sound barrier walls, tall, carved and some hand-painted with animals.

Entrance ramps have traffic lights permitting one car at a time. I couldn’t stand that with my background growing up in Brooklyn, but no one there knows about the New York minute. Maybe they did, but as residents, you do slow down far, far, outside of the big Apple. Stop laughing, I’m not kidding.

My daughter-in-law, Andrea, took me to an authentic Mexican restaurant, Barrios Cafe. Tiny, filled with diners. The food was 5-star, from cocktails to dessert. Best Mexican food I ever had. They were gracious—the service outstanding. It seems like there are Mexican restaurants on every corner. Andrea said about several we passed, “That place has good Mexican food, but it’s Americanized.” All the restaurants we visited were excellent, but Barrio Cafe was the best.

We visited the Musical Instruments Museum, AKA MIM. Instruments from the beginning of time to now, even the recycled orchestra. MIM was by far the best of Phoenix.Be sure to watch this about the recycled orchestra:

Our accommodations were the best. Marriott Canyon Villas, way to go. Always close to perfect. Even though we were there for family, Marriott is the easiest for us. The JW Marriott, down the road apiece, has the ‘River pool’ a river all want to play in, I’m no exception. Sitting in a big tube and floating down the river . . . not too shabby.

Coming home was the toughest part of the trip. Ever take the red-eye? Ugh. You feel fine when boarding, exhaustion when debarking. Can hardly catch a wink. The red eye boards at 10:30 p.m. With the three-hour time difference, we landed at 6 a.m. I have heard that it’s the change from the dark to the light, not the other way, that causes the mess-up. It took three days to realize, yes, I am alive.

When we were there temperatures ranged up to 105 degrees. We carried water everywhere we went and drank lots. The highest recorded temp–Phoenix mark of 122°, set on June 26, 1990. Do you know how hot that is?



We just returned from Phoenix, Arizona. When we were there, we heard about UFOs, so here’s the scoop.

Drawing of Phoenix Lights and accompanying form

Drawing of Phoenix Lights and accompanying form

A drawing of the object created by witness Tim Ley appeared in USA Today.

The Phoenix Lights (also identified as “Lights over Phoenix“) was a UFO sighting which occurred in Phoenix, Arizona, and Sonora, Mexico on Thursday, March 13, 1997.

Lights of varying descriptions were reported by thousands of people between 19:30 and 22:30 MST, in a space of about 300 miles (480 km), from the Nevada line, through Phoenix, to the edge of Tucson.

There were allegedly two distinct events involved in the incident: a triangular formation of lights seen to pass over the state, and a series of stationary lights seen in the Phoenix area. The United States Air Force later identified the second group of lights as flares dropped by A-10 Warthog aircraft that were on training exercises at the Barry Goldwater Range in southwest Arizona.

Witnesses claim to have observed a huge V-shaped (several football field sized), coherently-moving dark UFO (stars would disappear behind the object and reappear as it passed by), producing no sound, and containing five spherical lights or possibly light-emitting engines. Fife Symington, the governor at the time, was one witness to this incident. As governor he ridiculed the idea of alien origin, but several years later he called the lights he saw “otherworldly” after admitting he saw a similar UFO.

Recently, a mysterious formation of lights has been spotted in the sky over Phoenix, catching the attention of UFO watchers who point out the incident’s dramatic similarity to the iconic 1997 UFO sighting.

The strange lights were observed on February 2 and 3, with independent videos of each incident making their way online. On February 2, a group of three men were walking in the Sunnyslope area of Phoenix when they noticed the strange array of lights hanging over the horizon. The trio were able to film the inexplicable UFO, yet from a distance, little detail is evident.

On February 3, witnesses in the Goodyear area noticed a similar horizontal array of eight lights in the sky, and recorded the UFO from their car. The group described the strange object as a craft, with one occupant of the vehicle asserting near the end of the footage that it looked like a “huge circle.”

“I saw this UFO while driving. It was moving south over the Estrella Mountains. The lights were a fiery color. What is not visible in the video is the shape of the craft and the massive size of it. After it disappeared we continued to drive in the direction it was headed, eventually driving behind the mountain but saw nothing.”

Media outlets have suggested that the strange lights may be the result of flares or a formation of drones. Some have alluded to the idea that the lights may also be connected to aircraft, and note the similarity of the incident to a mass sighting in Houston last August, when aerial lights caused a flood of UFO videos and images on social media. But none of this has been proven.

The above is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Seriously! We didn’t see any UFOs when we were there. But our grandchildren are stars!


Have you ever witnessed a UFO? What do you think? Are there others besides us? Someplace else?



Author Madelyn Hill

Author Madelyn Hill

Authors are the most thought-provoking people. Sometimes I think how in the world did they come up with that story or how did they get their heroine out of that mess? Does it have any correlation to their lives? Of course we have the classics, and more notable authors that we know about, but I have to be honest, the lives of authors have not been the stimulant for me, but rather how the author keeps me on the edge of my seat.

Now that I write, my curiosity has gotten the better of me and I want to know all. Who are these people, these writers? I ask my writer friends at the Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writers of America. What do you do besides write? How do you have time to live your life and still write? Do you have a family? Where did you go to school? What did you study? I sometimes I wish I had a talk show, where I could ask all the questions I want without running out of time. Little by little, I discovered the wonder of these authors, who they are, what they do, and how in the world they have time to write these amazing stories.

With no TV talk show at my fingertips, my blog will have to do. It is a perfect venue to provide some answers to the curious. This week, I am interviewing Madelyn Hill, published author with Soul Mate Publishing. Madelyn graciously accepted my invitation to give us some insight about her life and her historic romances.

GI: Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

MH: I grew up in Michigan and lived in the same house until I got married. We grew up with dogs, horses, goats, and rabbits and had our run in a nearby forest where we rode horses, dirt bikes, and played hide-and-seek. I feel the way we grew up allowed us to create adventure and nurture our creative side, which is a definite plus when you are a writer.

GI: When did you first start writing?

MH: I started writing around fifth grade. Silly stories and some Harriet the Spy type of stories.

GI: What book do you wish you could have written?

MH: I wish I could have written Harry Potter. Such wonderfully engaging, world creating, adventures in every book. I believe the series revolutionized the adolescent market and sparked the reading bug in young children.

GI: Do you believe that Harry Potter is good? What about scary?

There are those that believe taking young children into the fairyland of ghosts and goblins will ultimately frighten them, a fright that effects their dreams and ultimately their health. Is the inspiration to read worth it?

MH: Harry Potter is scary and I think parents need to know what their children are reading or watching. But it is the age-old Good against Evil theme. Also, think about all of the fairy tales we tell children. Bambi, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella–they all have very scary elements, but we still tell them, embrace them and make them into Disney Movies.

GI: Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

MH: There are so many authors who inspire me! When I was younger I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder and Judy Blume and now Sarah Dessen. In the historical market, I love Julia Quinn, Cathy MacRae and Christi Caldwell. In the contemporary market I read Adriana Trigiani and Sarah Addison Allen.

GI: How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

MH: I usually have the name of the main characters and the title of the book before I even write a word. I do a lot of googling to find historic appropriate names. I usually do not look at their meaning, but the sound and readability matters. Also, I try to make sure there aren’t a lot of characters with the same letter in their first name. That can get confusing for the reader.

GI: What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

Pantster at work!

Pantster at work!

MH: I really like the creative part of starting a story and allowing it to organically flow from my fingers. This may mean there are a lot of necessary edits, but I’m a pantster (write by the seat of her pants) and work off of a very rudimentary plot outline. I do pre-research on location, time period, family names, and characters.

GI: So, you are a pantster. Don’t you have it all in your head before you write? You must have some kind of plan? Then how do you structure your story? When you edit, is that when you pull your story together?

MH: Yes, I pull the story together when I edit. I generally have an idea of where the story is going as I research but I don’t outline and usually write the synopsis after the story. This is sometimes frustrating and I try to plot but it just doesn’t work for me.

GI: When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

MH: I love to cook and my husband and I are avid moviegoers! We also have a very busy family life with our 3 children. And of course I read a ton!

GI: When and where do you write?

MH: Usually in the family room on the couch or in our office/sitting- room. I work during the day so I usually write at night and weekends. I use the record feature on my phone for impromptu notes while driving (hands free) or waiting for one of my children.

GI: What do you want your tombstone to say?

MH: Wow! Great question. Hmmm. We all play roles in life and my most fulfilling have been as a mother and wife. But I’ve also been able to fulfill my dreams as well. So, I would like my tombstone to read – Madelyn Hill – she lived her dream.

GI: What’s your latest book, and where can my readers find it?
For the Love of a Gypsy

For The Love Of A Gypsy

Love Of A Gypsy

Back cover blurb

Can she betray the Gypsy clan who saved her for the love of a stranger?

Martine Petrulengo is stifled by the traditions of her adopted Gypsy clan. They gave her new life when she was left all alone. And now she is expected to marry in order to forge clan allegiances. When she nurses handsome and charming Lord Declan Forrester back to health, she is lured by the seductive idea of life outside of the clan—and the prospect of love with the Irishman.

Can he prove his innocence in order to claim his Gypsy?

Lord Declan Forrester trades prison bars for a loveless marriage in order to save his soul. And now he’s trying to prove his innocence not only as a traitor, but that of his wife’s murder. When the lovely and beguiling Martine saves him, he falls in love for the first time. Yet, the obstacles of his past seem insurmountable.

Martine and Declan must fight tradition, prejudice and the haunting ghosts of their past in order to fight for their love and ensure their future.

GI: Madelyn, thanks for sharing with my readers.

MH: Thanks for inviting me.

Madelyn Hill books:

COMING SOON, “Heather in The Mist” -July 2015

“For The Love Of A Gypsy” – April 2015

“Wolf’s Castle” – June 2014







Swan flying in

Swan flying in

This little bitty goes back to 1990 when I with my daughter Linda, and four year-old grandson David, were among the first guests to stay at THE SWAN. Visiting Disney was always a treat, but staying at The Swan, was over the top. Expensive even then, like $200 a night, remember, that’s in 1990. This adventure was a homework assignment to write a critique for my criticism class at Parsons. What better way to experience an assignment? Live it! The fire alarm went off around 3:00 a.m. It was loud and clear . . . everyone out, use the stairs only. Take nothing. This was serious, everyone, OUT! Breathless, and in our PJs, we scampered down those stairs, Linda carrying David. Of all the warm nights we could have encountered in Florida, this one wasn’t. Chilled, we all stood with hands folded across chests for warmth, looking for fire and smoke. No, no one was naked, darn. Bathrobes were the garbs of the night. I wondered if folks kept bathrobes at the foot of the bed in case of fire? Read on, well, you’ll have to get to the end for the rest of the story.



The Swan hotel, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, was meant to characterize Disney’s belief that any architecture outside the boundaries of Disney’s theme parks should embody the same fantasy and sense of place as within the park. The clients, Disney and the Westin Hotels and Resorts, owners/operators of the hotel in 1990, plotted the development strategies of the program. Michael Graves with Alan Lapidus (son of Morris Lapidus, architect of the Fontainebleau in Florida) were committed to organizing and implementing those strategies.

The hotel is a colorful example of architectural frontality, a term used when referring to the façade. Graves had established his brand, where architecture is a three-dimensional mass, upon which all elements are hung and interwoven, like the hand-painted murals of Florida’s tropical landscapes, the frond columns, tented ceiling and the decorative art in the furnishings throughout the hotel. In the design community, Graves was known as the architect’s decorator for the iconography that identifies his buildings.  s3375573527_0465dc4dcb_z swan boat2631759-Walt-Disney-World-Swan-Hotel-Exterior-2-DEF

In keeping with the whimsical world of Disney Architecture, the structures themselves are designed to amuse, delight, and stimulate the imagination. Cascading fountains in giant clamshells sit atop seven-story wings of 56,000 pound, combined weight, 47 foot high classical swans, the symbols of water.



In the end, the fire alarms turned out to be nothing but a faulty switch, except we met new people and talked about this strange and funny incident. I managed to get an interview with the Swan’s managing director at the time, Bill McCreary. His thoughts were positive about this successful entertainment architecture. Because of the fake fire alarm, we were not charged for our stay at this not-Disney, but on Disney, property. Wow, what a wonderful surprise. But the Swan, a convention center, with changes not necessarily consistent to its original design, is now twenty-six years old. Things change and time isn’t always kind. Remember to check out reviews for any hotel before you choose.

Swan Hotel

Swan Hotel swimming hole









Click the link below for a 2006 story to see what happened with this important entertainment architecture.



Do you have a favorite hotel at Disney?

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