my guide to sabbaticals
fascinated by this word: Sab·bat·i·cal, from the Greek
what it means or from where it’s derived, it appears to be all
the rage this year. And the concept is not limited to college
professors anymore. Why, just last month, I received a mass
email from a dear friend of mine letting everyone know that she
was going to take a sabbatical from her board, her numerous
committees, event hosting/planning commitments, and other
endeavors. Brilliant idea, I thought.
Then, earlier this week, as I was watching the local news, I
saw a story on couples taking “marriage sabbaticals.” Spouses
putting the pause button on their relationship so they can “find themselves” again. Hmmm, I thought, this is turning into a
trend, and it’s a brilliant idea. Since I am all about brilliant
ideas, I thought I would tell you about a few things from which
I would love to take a sabbatical.
1. UN traffic. Yes, it’s almost that time of year again,
when Manhattan streets come to a standstill as the diplomats
from countries around the world descend upon our great city for
the UN General Assembly. Maybe in an effort to alleviate traffic problems, Mayor
de Blasio should offer free CitiBikes to all
the diplomats. That would be the first, and only, good use of
those two-wheeled blue nightmares. Speaking of those pesky
bikes: Get them off the streets!! Manhattan is for cars and
pedestrians, not for bikers who ride on the wrong side of the
street running people over, going 100 mph—where’s the speed
limit for them?! Who looks for a bike when crossing the street?
We are busy looking for cars to run us down, and now we have to
mentally multitask to protect ourselves from even more things
trying to kill us!
2. Taxi TVs. Seriously, I wish I could just jump into the
back of the cab and not have to fiddle around for five minutes
trying to figure out how to shut off those miserable screens.
And then, when I finally manage to press the off button on the
screen, which has been touched by who knows how many
germ-carrying humans (including people who do and don’t cover
their mouths when they cough or sneeze), I have to fiddle around
in my handbag to find my hand sanitizer. Someone should just
develop an app so we can use our smartphones as remote controls
to turn off those pesky devices. Cough. Ebola virus.
One thing I don’t want to take a sabbatical from is
Sheet magazine. As usual, we’ve got a great issue for you.
Check out the nonstop fabulous glam parties this summer,
including the Watermill benefit, the Southampton Hospital gala,
the Heart Ball, and the Rita Hayworth kickoff cocktail party,
just to name a few. Our red-carpet movie premiere coverage
includes HBO’s The Leftovers, Boyhood starring Ethan Hawke,
Showtime’s Ray Donovan, Woody Allen's new comedy Magic in the
Moonlight, and Peggy Siegal’s premiere at Guild Hall for And
It Goes, among others.
Don’t miss Roger Friedman's exclusive interview with our
cover girl, Nicole Kidman. Also catch the debut of our Guest
Author column, this month with The Need to Say No author
Brooke, who discusses her book and her “kNOw BS” campaign
(knowbsplease. com), which includes t-shirts and hats worn by
everyone from Rosanna Scotto to Sting and even a four-star
general. Then there’s Jeffrey Lyons’ film reviews, the
Spotlight feature on Bob Balaban, a profile of jewelry designer
extraordinaire Roni Blanshay, along with all our regular
Our calendar of events will keep you in the know for your
fall season, keeping you busy with fun things to learn and do to
keep life interesting.