We are Having a Dinner Party…

I was asked recently by Kate Todd to create a Fall entertaining piece for her blog Party Resources.  She has created a beautiful blog centered around entertaining. As the title denotes, it is a wonderful “resource” for all kinds of parties, gatherings and all things yummy.

My post today is over at Party Resources. Please take a moment to click the link and see what we have planned!
 We are having a dinner party and you are invited!

Thank you Kate for including me in your blog – I look forward to many more collaborations!  I also want to give special thanks to Lara,  Beat of the Track, whose inspiring music selections got me on “track” for planning this post!

Book Review: Unbroken

It was a stormy, rainy night when we met for book club this month. We had a lot of catching up to do since we had not gotten together since July.  Most of us have children in the same grades and were comparing notes on teachers, classes, teams and homework (already!) Kari, our hostess, wanted to make the pizzas Lisa made for the blog post Girls night gets its grill on, so Lisa very nicely stood out in the pouring rain grilling the dough earlier in the afternoon.  Dinner was delicious, full of lively conversation and was not the only part of my Girls Grill Night menu that was duplicated that evening!  Coincidentally, Linda brought out the most scrumptious brownies and vanilla ice cream…almost the exact same dessert I made for my grillin’ girls post! While we ate the sinful dessert, we discussed this month’s book.
 Ridgely Brode reviews the book Unbroken by Laura Hilenbrand on her blog Ridgely's Radar.
It was unanimous, we all loved this true story!  Our meeting was one of our most animated and interesting to date.  We have read many books about World War II, but none about the Army Air Forces in the Pacific and the Prisoners of War held in Japan. We were all fascinated to learn about another piece of history. The book recounts the life of Louie Zamperini from childhood in Torrance, California, to his amazing running career that took him to the Olympics, to being a bombadier in the Army Air Force and living for 47 days on a life raft with two other men after being shot down over the pacific by Japanese fighter planes.  You will have to read the book to find out what happens next…I do not want to give too much away. 
Click Below for a Preview Unbroken 

Enjoy the Shows!

Here is a look at what we here at Paul Wilmot Communications have been up to the past few days.  I went over to Paul Wilmot Communications Tumblr and snagged these pictures. I am usually stuck at check-in (hey, someone has to man the front desk!) and miss all the fun.  So…here is what we both missed!  As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Enjoy the shows!

Christian Siriano SS12 NYFW

Extra, Extra…Breaking News!

Extra, Extra…Breaking News…New York Daily News that is!  I have had the great fortune to be written up in….

I am thrilled to report… that Karen Duffy has included me in her recent article.
She was inspired by my What I will be wearing.. post, but this is so much better…
Duff – Thank you so much! I am flattered and overwhelmed that you would include me in your article.  I am throwing confetti from my roof…
Popping the champagne…
and sending you virtual flowers.
I would love for you to be a guest blogger here on Ridgely’s Radar. You say what I say but better!
xxx Ridgely

P.S. I am thrilled that Duff’s article ran AGAIN in MetroFocus with a shout out to Ridgely’s Radar and included some new tid bits…check it out!

Giveaway – Little Princes

One book that came up recently in my book club discussions was Little Princes by Conor Grennan.   I am not sure why we did not select it but, about a month ago one of my best friends, Lisa Duffy, emailed me that she had something for me.  I showed up at her house to collect the mystery item and she had a stack Conor Grennan’s book Little Princes on her counter, one of which she picked up and gave to me.   She told me that she had checked it out of the library, read it, loved it and then realized after finishing it that some of the cost of the book went to the foundation discussed in the story.  She said that if she had known what the book was about, and how it would have touched her, she would not have borrowed it from the library but purchased it.  So, she went right out and bought several copies to give to her friends.  She said “read it and you will understand.”
I recently posted August Book Club and it was one of the four books I wanted to read this month.  I picked it up and was riveted from page one.  Lisa was right…this is a special book.  Many of you do not know me well but, those who do, know that when I like something I talk about it…number one reason why I have a blog!
I loved this book! You must read it and buy it (if you do not win the giveaway)! Below is my stamp of approval!
It is an amazing true story about a man who decides to quit his job and travel around the world for a year.  He thinks that if he volunteers at an orphanage in Nepal for three months his journey will be justified to his family, friends and peers.  What he does not know is that he will find a new meaning in his life, be challenged beyond belief, loved unconditionally and build an unbelievable organization all because he volunteered at an orphanage in Nepal.  It is so much more than what I have just written but I do not want to give it all away!  
Here is a short video about the book and Connor Grennan’s journey:

But… I want to give away five – YES FIVE – books to you!  I want you to read what I have read and feel what I have felt: to know that there are people out there who do the most generous acts of kindness for other human beings. It makes you want to be a better person.  I, like Lisa, want to contribute to Next Generation Nepal so that their great efforts do not go unnoticed or unsupported.
It is pretty easy…you must be a follower, subscriber of Ridgely’s Radar, and/or “like” Ridgely’s Radar on Facebook and live in the United States.  To enter: leave a comment* on this post (here or on Facebook) about a place you would like to visit if you took a year off to explore the world.  My family and friends are also welcome to participate.  If you think someone you know would be interested to enter, please forward the post. The five winners will be chosen at random on Friday, September 23rd (which also happens to be my birthday…what better gift to give myself than a gift to others?!?)
Good Luck and Namaste!
*If you have any questions about how to comment please email me – find my email up at the top of this post when you click CONTACT

Happy Labor Day!

Enjoy your Labor Day and I will see you back here on Wednesday!