Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bad and Badder

My winter in France began with a trip to New York, where I visited my rock-star pal Barbara Gogan. Barb's hit single "I'm in Love with a German Film Star" topped the charts in 1981. We met in New York in the 1990s and have been friends ever since. I've been working on a piece about the time we spent in the trenches at a women's sports mag, where our boss, Johnny D (love that man), dubbed us Bad and Badder. Who was who? That depended. On many things.

Barb talking on the phone in her Greenpoint apartment.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Start of a New Adventure

Why do I blog? To connect with people, that's why. My first blog, The Hale Street Gang and Me, was all about the people I met at the Randolph Senior Center, and the stories we shared. This blog will be about the next chapter of my life, the one that will take me to Fontainbleau, France, twelve days from now. For the past few weeks, I've been saying good-bye to my friends in Vermont, whom I won't see again until May 2013. That's my sister Martha in the driver's seat of the Corvette above, with me on my last afternoon in Vermont. Now I'm in New York, spending a few days with my friends at Condé Nast Traveler. I'll fly to France on November 27. While there, I'll do some work for Traveler, I'll write my next book, and I'll tell you about life in Fontainbleau via this blog. But who is this Sadie person, you ask. Why, me, of course. (It's the pen name I use in private emails to my editor and a few other VIPs). And who will my "company" be? No clue. But if I knew, it wouldn't be an adventure, would it?