December 25th, 2006


Helene Maxine Jospe, 1959-2006

After my cousin Helene saw "Wordplay" in June, she wrote, "At the end of the movie I wanted to stand up and shout, ELLEN IS MY COUSIN, but I held back." That was the last time I heard from her.

HELENE WAS MY COUSIN! Despite ongoing medical problems, she always bubbled over with enthusiasm. People wanted to be around her.

Recent times have not been easy. She lost both parents last year, and her sister Doreen in 1998.

Condolences to Dana, Joe and Linda, Michelle, Dara, Eric, Howie, Melanie, Scott, Mark, and the many other family members and friends lucky enough to have known her.

Happy movie and Chinese food day

I'm not having the traditional Jewish Christmas meal of Chinese food, but am making a cauliflower, carrot, penne and cheese casserole. And I'm not sure I'll see a movie, though there are plenty of choices around on tape and DVD.

I'm such a klutz. While putting a pie pan in the drying rack, I somehow knocked a plate to the ground, breaking it in pieces. No harm done, unlike the time I was washing a glass and it broke into my hand, sending me to the ER. And I forgot to mention that at the health food store a few days ago, I managed to knock over a large "Taste of Thai" display. They were still putting it back together when I left.

I read "Something Blue" by Ann Hood. This was well-written chick lit about 3 women making their way in New York (in 1991). I like when books take place on familiar turf.

James Brown, sigh.