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Despite also being from Cleveland, I met sisters Annmarie and Natalie Dilillo years ago in NYC and we’ve been friends ever since.  Can I just tell you how fun these two are, and how much they love each other!  It’s the best.  (You might recognize Natalie as one of the faces of The Disco Emporium)

Since Farrell and I are now on the same coast, we’ve invited Natalie and Annmarie to do today’s Coast to Coast post.  Thanks so much, ladies!

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Annmarie

N: After 8 years of living in New York City, you have relocated back to our hometown, Cleveland, OH. How’s that going for you?

A: It is great to be back home. I love that I get to see our family a lot more often and I don’t have to use public transportation.

N: Cleveland is said to be going through a renaissance, what are your thoughts on this?

A: I think that the Cleveland I left eight years ago is definitely not the Cleveland I came home to. I returned to a lot more high quality restaurants and a better nightlife.

N: How has your dog, Franklin, adjusted to mid-West livin’?

A: He loves it and he hates it. He loves the amount of space he has inside and outside. But he hated the snow and how cold it was this winter.

N: You’re getting married, how’s wedding planning?

A: Honestly, I have done nothing for the wedding except find a venue and pick a date. The whole thing seems kind of overwhelming at the moment.

N: Do you miss me?

A: YES! EVERYDAY! MOVE HOME NOW!

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Natalie

 

A: You went to Bali in October to get your yoga teacher training, how was that?

N: It was absolutely life changing! I have been practicing yoga since 2003 and becoming a teacher has been a dream for a while. The hardest part was to stop making excuses why it was not the right time and just do it. It’s so easy to convince ourselves why something isn’t logistically perfect when in reality we are just scared of diving in and making changes in our lives. I am so happy I finally did it! Bali is the Island of the Gods, and was a perfect setting for such intensely introspective work.

A: How is it having your boyfriend live in LA when you live in NYC?

N: To be frank, I had no interest in a relationship, especially one that would be long distance but when you meet someone who just fits you know longer have a choice; it happens. Lately, I have come to see that certain things seem to be beyond our control. (Smile).  He and I live alternative lifestyles that involve occupational and leisure travel, so we have made it work through random dates in several states, extended visits, texts and phone calls. It’s pretty new so it hasn’t worn on me yet but I sure do miss him on the daily.

A: Do you have any plans to move to LA or back to Ohio in the future?

N: Sister, you know me too well to ask such a question! I can’t even tell you where I’ll be this weekend with any certainty! But I do know LA and Ohio are in my future.  As permanent homes, hard to say, we will see. (Wink)

A: Are there any major differences living with our brother compared to living with me?

N: Haha, yes! You’d be horrified with the cleanliness of the apartment. When you lived here I could eat off the floor, with brother, the five second rule is not an option!

A: I know your boyfriend loves dogs, will you ever get a pet?

N: I have both a cat/dog allergy making full-time living with an animal quite challenging. Also, I travel too much to be a good canine mother. If my lifestyle changes to where I am in one place more consistently I would consider it. Maybe a monkey one day!

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(Peony, paint, collage on panel via Flickr)

I overheard my mom talking on the phone once when I was little.  “She lost her mother this year,” my mother said.  I didn’t know who she was talking about but the statement had a profound impact on me.  It was the first time I ever considered that someone – an adult, no less – could be affected by something for a whole year.  And I understood that my mother was trying to encourage the person on the other end of the phone to be a little softer and a little more forgiving of the other person’s behavior.

I started writing this post last October but never published it.  Then last week I remembered it and thought it worth coming back to.  It reminds me to try to be a little less judgmental of and a lot more compassionate to myself and to others.  Time moves so fast sometimes, it’s hard to keep in mind that we’re all constantly working through past sadness, suffering, grief, loss and challenge.  Healing is a process; it doesn’t happen overnight and I guess it isn’t supposed to.

[posted by Lauren]

Spring has arrived!  We hope you’re feeling good about the start of a new week.  Below, a look at our weekends.

Los Angeles, CA

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Lauren

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I haven’t gone to the beach nearly enough since being out in California. Happy to have had this Sunday reminder to go!

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Pushing pins with Valley Cruise Press. Especially love this Desert Pack.

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Out and about with Oscar

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Farrell – Los Angeles, CA

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Such a nice beach hang with everyone we love!

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So many dates with my man.

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This troll shrine was at the florists and I had to document it.

Today we are bringing back our One Word, Two Ways series courtesy of sister’s Katy Wright-Mead and Sarah Mead. Over the years we have received a lot of comments from friends and readers who say they would like to do a post with their own sister. We have always loved that idea!  So without further adieu, thank you to Katy and Sarah for today’s post!!
 
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From Katy to Sarah: 

As you know, I like giving direction. Remember when we were little and I used to make us put on plays for the family? I would decide which nursery rhyme we would act out and who played what. You were the youngest and would play the baby goat or a star in the sky or something that required the least amount of lines and the most amount of cute. Was it fun for you, by the way? I don’t think I ever asked that. I was a passionate little director and then became more of a follower later in life. Maybe those tough teenage years beat the leader out of me. If only Tina Fey had written Bossy Pants a decade earlier, am I right? Anyway, as you also know, I started directing recently, and it feels really scary (as you can see on my face in the pictures!) but really, really right. I love taking the story that’s playing in my mind and articulating those pictures and feelings to actors and designers in my specific and truthful way, so that they see it and feel it too and become inspired to re-articulate it in their own specific and truthful way. It’s a game of trust and respect and it makes me feel like a kid again and also more grown up than ever.
 
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From Sarah To Katy:

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I loved all your plays when I was young and being a part of them was the best! I think you have such great direction.
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Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who’ll decide
where
to
go…”
-Dr. Seuss
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Photo by Guy Bourdin, 1971

 

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HELPING all of my siblings with there different business ventures – The Disco Emporium, Voteraide and Valley Cruise Press.

REMEMBERING that my day is always better when I start it with my morning meditation.

FEELING excited about the future all that it brings.

 

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DOG-SITTING for this little guy all week long.

ANTICIPATING our mom’s visit to California next month.

RECALLING some pretty fun & crazy St. Patrick’s Days with friends from my younger years.

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F:  What did you think of the channeling circle we went to on Tuesday?

L:  Overall I liked it. When it first started I felt a little freaked out, then a bit difficult to take seriously. But as the night went on, I thought the medium communicated/said a lot of interesting stuff.

F:  What do you like the most about being in California?

L:  It’s a real toss up between being close to you guys and the weather. Let’s just say it’s a good combination.

F:  How are you feeling about the soft launch of The Disco Emporium?

L:  Great! There’s a lot more I want to do with it but I’m having taking it one step at a time and having fun.

F:  Is there anywhere else you would like to explore in the Southern California region?

L:  I want to spend more time traveling the coastline.

F:  How is your “to-do list” method working out?

L:  I tend to write a lot of lists and rarely refer back to them so recently I started a draft email to-do list that I’m working off of (or correctly, off which I am working). I’m finding the method pretty good but not earth-shattering. I think I need to do a better job of determining what my priorities are each day and sticking to them. Otherwise I find my attention wandering from thing to thing and thing, and the whole day just passes by. It’s a work in progress.

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