*32nd Annual Ambassador Ball
We also attended the Ambassadors Ball as a guest of Washington Life Magazine. It was a privilage to be in the same room as Washington's Diplomatic Corps and Congressional leaders including the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Paul Pelosi and Joyce Bennett, wife of Sen. Bob Bennett, were the 2010 co-chairs who helped raise over $1 million for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
*9th Annual Soirée Suisse
Heather Halsey, T·H·E's Marketing Director, and I were excited to attend this event at the Embassy of Switzerland, annually celebrating Swiss-American friendship. We wanted to check out the festivities, including a fashion presentation with designs by Isabel Toledo, who requested our models for this event. The collection was incredible and it was so exciting to meet Isabel and her husband, Ruben Toledo, a visionary artist as well. It was an honor to be a guest at the residence of Ambassador Urs Ziswiler and his wife Mrs. Ronit Ziswiler.
And Now Back to the Show!
In my first scene I'm with dog trainers Dawn and William, who just so happened to have trained Bo, the Obama's dog. Since I was moving out of an apartment setting with high security to a private home, I needed some advice on a good guard dog. I had a brilliant and beautiful German Shepherd when I was young and knew that the breed made wonderful pets and would provide great security. Dawn and William brought over a 4-month old Shepard they were training just to observe whether little Ichiban would get along with a larger dog. As you see in the end, Ichiban and the Shepherd saw eye-to-eye.
You know i watched the show thinking "This isnt my cup of tea, the DC Housewives" But u kept me watching. As each episode goes by i admire your familys love, your strong work envornment, i think your great and i'm so happy i can somewhat get to know you better every thursday at 9 ;)
Lynda, I believe Stacy said that you were into "Holistic", not "Psychic" things. I don't think she meant it to be insulting either as she seems to be the most mellow on the show. Maybe you could tell her to go eat a cheeseburger? : ) I actually like you a lot and the rest of the ladies! I could go without Tareq. Good for you for just avoiding those two as much as possible!
Lynda, I appreciate that you are so open to many cultures and healing rituals. Burning sage, I believe is either a Native American or Asian custom.
However, if you converted to Judiasm, why on earth would you bless your house with Holy Water? That is kind of like Baptising your child, and then giving him a Bar Mitzvah when he turns 13.
It's one or the other, really, and the fact that you feel free to go back to your former religion makes me question your committment to Judiasm.
I really thought I didn't like you, I thought you had an attitude but I've changed my mind. Now I feel like you just tell it like it is and that's fine. Your family seems loving and kind which is a great tribute to you. I never knew you were a backup singer for Candi Staton - love her!! I'd love to hear you sing on the show??? Best of luck with the new house - love the holy water:)
Really, Pam, Does it make any differencet o you what Lynda actually does? She appears to be a very spiritual woman with a varied sense of customs. There are actual people that use customs from all over the world, which actually shouldn't make you wonder about her commitment but it should make you celebrate her as a well rounded and diverse human.
I think you are my favorite out of all the housewives. You are by far the funniest and most honest. I love the dynamics within your family as well as your work ethic. The pug...soooo cute!!! I actually had someone come to my house and burn sage after about 6 months of living there. Things actually started to get better for me!!! Thanks for letting us in!!!
Lynda, Your blog is very well done. Thank you for putting time into it. I agree with your comments on marijuana. Nice to see you take that risk on national television. Please get involved and support Medical Marijuana and its legalization in D.C. We need more people to be open-minded like you are and realize this beautiful plant has many, many uses! We ask for fair, honest legislation to regulate this booming industry! Could you imagine using hemp cloth in your fashion industry?
pamb456 - The use of Holy Water stems from Jewish Law and was a Jewish tradition used as a means to purify. So the tradition stems from the Jewish religion.
While I do know that the Jewish prayer that Lynda said is a Jewish tradition to bless one's home, I'm not sure if it's a Jewish tradition to bless the home with Holy Water as well. But given the fact that the use of Holy Water was part of Jewish Law back in biblical times, I think what she did is perfectly fine and her house was blessed when she anointed it with Holy Water.
After living in a haunted condo I too began to sage and use house blessing oils around doors and windows - not to mention pouring salt around the perimeter of the new home we moved into! As far as spirituality goes - most of us who are "spiritual" take what talks to our souls from a lot of different religions and put those points into our daily living. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. Thank you, Linda, for putting your spirituality out there for all to see - isn't that more refreshing than what we went through with RHNJ?!?! P.S. I too burn candles to get rid of the negative - Bravo owes me a ton of money for the candles I needed to use to get through watching Danielle and the gang!
I agree 100% regarding the drinking age. I teach at a college and I personally believe the higher drinking age is a huge factor in the rise of binge drinking.
You are an active and smart woman. LOVE YOU LYNDA! I agree with you about the drinking age. College kids seems to binge more than ever, as they "pre-game" in their rooms because they think once they go out they will not get served liquor. So kids wind up being drunk before they arrive, and most of the time get served alcohol anyway, making them now 2x as drunk. I agree, if they can vote and fight our wars, they should be able to have a beer. it's the DRINKING-DRIVING issue, which pertains to EVERY AGE, that should remain the focus of attention and education.
Man I can't understand why people say DC Housewives is boring. To me this is the only Housewife show that actually brings happiness and makes me smile. I really don't much care for the Salahis but even they can't compete with the stress Teresa G would cause me to feel every week just watching the show.
I think DC is great! You are all a BIG breath of fresh, full of good energy - air. I love DC Housewives and will be watching every single time it's on.
Happy Birthday Lynda! You are by far my favorite DC Housewife!! And I say I'm with you on your alcohol and marijuana stances!!!
This is the only housewife show with class. This show caters to the audience who wants to view women in a positive light, who are not screaming, insulting each other, flipping tables, swearing, and being down right vulger (a la Teresa). To those who think this show is boring - wait for the return of the Real Housewives of New Jersey or Atlanta. To those who are looking for a show that truly represents classy women - keep on looking. I love these women.
Love you!! You rock...If I'm like you when I'm older, I will be happy...You're strong independent very smart etc!!!!!!
watching this show tonight made me a complete fan of you. marriage is a right for anyone and everyone. id like to share with you a charity that you may be interested in, helping foster children and international orphans find homes... too many have been mistreated just for the fact of being gay and need help. not only that, but i speak as an adopted female and cherish my free spirit loving and kind parents. i dont know if you would look at the site, but i feel like they could definitely use someone like you to make a difference. its called Kidsave International, and their web site is kidsave.org please just take a look. if you or anyone you know could make any difference or any kind of help it would be amazing. you are an amazing woman and i aspire to be like you!
I don't think that God is judging us, I think that we are judging us ~ Lynda Erkiletian
You completely changed my perspective of you with that comment on equal rights and gay marraige. That comment was truly inspirational. Thank you for being so supportive. It means more than you can imagine.
Wow! Thank you Lynda! You are a good friend and I really liked that you protected Cat from Erika on tonight's episode. I am writing this while the show is still on! I could not wait.
I Love You! At first glance we seems so different, but we are really similar when it comes to the core. I, like you, stand fully on and for Human Rights. It presents itself in some many of the issues we are faced with today. I fall under the category of Straights Fights for Gay Rights, I was thinking about making shirts. I feel the state should recognize all unions equally and it is up to each church to offer a religious ceremony. Most American seem to have lost the idea of what this country was founded on and try to bring god, of there perception of god, into area's it has no business. Besides Jesus would have been a advocate for gay rights. As I see it he was a very excepting person who fought for those who felt persecuted. We have lost our humanity in this country that I love. MAN UP AMERICA and remember the message we intended for our visitors. It is still written on our fair lady in the harbor. Maybe you should read it sometime and learn what this country is suppose to be about.
Bravo Linda, I must say you remind me of my girlfriends, smart, decent, clear on their values and don't take a lot of bull from anybody. Thanks for seemingly being the only sane adult at Stacie's house besides CAT. Where was Stacie in uptopia land? as her friend, the wicked witch of the North, Erika berated CAT. Holy bad manners. This woman who is a guest in someone's home takes it on herself to berate another guest? Then going from silly to utterly ridiculous, Erika shows up in the foyer of Stacie's house to demand that CAT continue the farce? in front of CAT's children? Please!. It was clear from the get-go Erika is used to believing she is the cute girl in the room. You will always find a woman like Erika best friending a woman like Stacie... The once cute girl with the best friend chunkygirl who is more successful syndrome. I think Erika is jealous of CAT, with her fabulous accent, take no prisoner attitude while being attractive and fashionable, CAT has gotten Erika's goat. Erika also wanted to be a housewife. Jealousy is funny...it shows up with the type of fierce anger shown by Erika when in fact nothing has been done to her personally.
A smart woman of a certain is a great gift to those around her.
what is wrong with erika? the first time she was schown on the screen,i thought what a hard looking woman.she did not make me change my mind yet.seems her function on the show is to make trouble,she is very good at it .i woulld not have her in my circle of friends!!!! kat,that woman is not worth shedding tears over,i would not give her the time of day!!
Love you Lynda! Keep telling it like it is and standing up for people when everyone else is in "shock"! You rock!
It's nice to see how supportive you are of your friends, and I like that you are able to back up your views without breaking others down. I'm part way through watching my recording of this week's episode, and I had to pause to find your blog to comment. Thank you for your support of marriage equality. I was glad to see you representing that this is a human issue, not necessarily a gay issue. I have been lucky enough to find a wonderful partner in my life who I treasure each day. The fact that he happens to be a man and I happen to be a woman should make no difference - to me, to him, or to anyone. I don't think I deserve any special right to marriage because I fell in love with a man. It's sad to me that this has to be a point of discussion - for anyone. Thank you for representing a well thought, reasonable, educated view on the subject.
LYNDA - you are BEAUTIFUL inside and outside. I do not want to comment on that "other lady's blog... (whatever her name is?)
You are up there with Lady Gaga and Madonna with our gay love for you! xoxo Marriage and Happiness for all :)
Lynda I adore you in every way,I strive to have that energy and class you just project right off the screen I cannot say enough great things about you. Many Blessing's my Buddhist and loving spirit Sister. xoxox
Lynda, you tickle me.
I felt you trying to step in and protect Cat but she's a grown woman and can hold her own. She has proven over the season that she can give a dig quite well but the question is can she take one. Let her fight her own battles. I understand your vulnerability of gay issues especially since your sister happens to be gay but I feel that you judged Stacie based upon her belief system. She simply stated her opinion like the rest of ladies but because it's not a popular opinion, her and Jason are on the hot box. I still think you're one of the coolest!
Linda....I knew from the first show that you were gonna be my favorite housewife from this series and I was right. I just really like what you stand for. Your children are fortunate to have such a hip mom. You and Ebong are simply adorable together!
Lynda, I think that it was wonderful how you came to Cat's defense at Stacie's! Kudo's to you!! You have such class and are a beautiful woman. Thank you for being part of the show!
Lynda, I think that it was wonderful how you came to Cat's defense at Stacie's! Kudo's to you!! You have such class and are a beautiful woman. Thank you for being part of the show!
The DC Wives is a breath of fresh air. I can relate to these women so much better than the classless groups from New Jersey and Atlanta. I just hope this tiff between Erika and Cat doesn't turn into a Teresa-Danielle deal.
I agree. The only problem with the eighteen year olds being legal is they tend to buy alcohol for the 16 year olds. Other than that I believe if you want someone to act like an adult you should treat them like one.
I totally agree with Classy. Bravo to Bravo on this new group of Housewives! They are cultured, classy, and real. In every episode they bring to light issues that affect people everywhere. Please get rid of the Salahis. Not that they are bad people, I'm sure they have good intentions, but they don't seem to fit in at all. They just give the other smart, classy women on the show an opportunity to appear foolish and immature by getting together and talking badly about them. The four against one bit is no fun to watch.
Linda, I love you, I love how you came to your friends defense. That's what a good friend does, Mary & Stacie. You got your point accross without being rude or confrontational. So proud of you
Lynda, great job standing up to Erika on behalf of the very shaken up Cat. Cat desperately needed your intervention and it certainly showed strength of character on your part.
It is so refreshing to read well written, thoughtful blog entries here. Dare I saw I feel like I'm on Team Lynda these days?
I was so glad to hear your views on the legal drinking age. I agree with you 100%. I was coming of age around the time that they began raising the legal age from 18 to 21. I lived in GA and as they slowly raised the legal age I would be able to drink legally for a month or so then the age would go up to the next step. I was allowed to drink at home at age 18 because my parents felt, as you do, that they would rather me be safe and responsible than to run off and do it on the sly and run a much greater risk of binge drinking. Today I am a 44 year old wife and mother who still enjoys a cocktail, but I know how to drink responsibly and hope that I have set the example for my girls should they decide to drink when they are older. Studies have shown that young adults are much more likely to die as a result of binge drinking or drinking and driving when the age is 21 rather than 18. College kids will find the alcohol, they shouldn't have to die for it. Thanks for being such a wonderful addition to the Housewives shows, you are a touch of class in a sometimes less than classy franchise.
Of all the housewives, you have surprised me the most. No offense, but based only on your photograph, I assumed you were going to be one the wives we love to hate.
Instead you’ve turned out to be this wonderful, soulful person.
You comments on gay rights were great. And I admired your leadership in calling Erika on her own negativity at Stacie’s house. Your tone was perfect. It seemed a little odd that Stacie didn’t play that role herself, being the hostess of the event. So maybe she shared more of Erika’s feelings about Cat than I realized. I was thinking she’d moved on.
Anyhow, thanks for sharing your good vibes with us. You rock, girl!
i've watched all the housewives..i really admired bethenny's wit..and i thought jeanne's loyalty and now you ..linda your spirituality and humanity make the list for "housewives of the world".......i truly enjoy your blogs..bravo has found a few winners and many many losers....thank you for the poems and the beautiful thoughts you leave on your blog.....god bless
Lynda I am a 51 year old woman who just loves you on this show and the main reason is you stay out of all the bull and I did like and appreciated you coming to Cats defense when the (mean woman) Ericka was so rude to her and that fact that Stacie let it happen. I know that would not have happened in your home. If you are ever in S.W. Ohio come to may salon for a free mani and pedi. I also sage my home as well.
'Just love you: smart, fair, straight shooter, successful business woman and mom to 4 and anchored in reality!!! Wow! Thank you for being so open about the evolution of religious views: very inspiring! Welcome to Mclean; I will keep my eyes open at the Safeway for you.
I found it interesting you pointed out to Erika that she was judging Cat and that it wasn't right or warranted, and yet you do the same thing about Mikaele. Hummmm, whats up with that? You seem to have it out for Mikaele and spare no expense at discrediting her or poking fun at her. Wheres the compassion?