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Survey Says… John Hancock Is My Soul Mate

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

George-Washington-Horseback-640x480Survey says… John Hancock is my soul mate.

The truth is that I never take Facebook quizzes. My Facebook interaction is basically fifteen minutes of scrolling, trying to catch up on grandbabies and puppies. So when I saw the quiz Which Founding Father Is Your Soul Mate? I thought I knew the answer. In my colonial fantasy world George Washington or possibly Alexander Hamilton always win my heart.

The result of this silly quiz has stumped me. I take the idea of a Founding Father as a soul mate seriously. I was a Political Science major in college, and we were required to read The Federalist Papers. Back then my federalist fantasies placed me with Alexander in his private library, an active listener to his brilliant thoughts on a centralized government. His ideas are still paparazzi worthy. After all, he has a Tony award-winning play and can really cut a rug.

But my thoughts of Alexander are a mere dalliance. The portrait Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze pops into my head. My family will tell you I’m obsessed with our first president. Why would a gentleman farmer and land surveyor leave his home to lead what would probably be a losing proposition? Because he’s the greatest American leader ever!

My obsession for George was realized when my daughter’s eighth grade class visited Mount Vernon. I could barely contain myself as we walked through the house, gazing upon his and Martha’s furniture, paintings, china. I wanted to lay a single finger on his desk, where books lay open as if he had just finished reading. I walked the property alone, and imagined him walking the same paths. I hugged trees. And after perusing the kitchen garden I found myself behind the mansion facing the Potomac, a glorious view. I sat on the grass and breathed. Eventually, my daughter joined me and asked if I was feeling calmer, “less mental.”

So how did I get John Hancock as my soul mate? I have a big messy signature. I’m a creative. I love color, laughter, stories, varied cuisine, fireworks, and a hound-dog named Rusty. More about him next month. As to this quiz… my attempt at guessing which boxes would win me a lifetime with one of my heroes backfired. At least I didn’t get Benjamin Franklin. We are definitely not suited.

My creativity will be bursting this month as there are many events going on at the Nordstrom 2016 Anniversary Sale. This a real sale with wonderful merchandise discounted before the fall season begins. For your convenience, I have given you a list of the events below. Contact me for an appointment at if that is your preference, or be sure and ask for me if you attend any of these events. I look forward to showing you what a jewelry stylist worthy of fellow creative John Hancock has to offer.

7/13 — Nordstrom Rewards Level Four Access

Bony Levy Trunk Show Preview

My shift: 11:30 – 8:30

7/14 — Nordstrom Rewards All Level Access

Bony Levy Trunk Show 10:00 – 5:00

My shift: 10:30 – 7:30

7/15 — Nordstrom Rewards All Level Access

My shift: 11:30 – 8:30

7/16 — Nordstrom Rewards All Level Access

My Shift: 1:00 – 10:00

7/17 — Nordstrom Rewards All Level Access

My Shift: 10:30 – 6:00

7/18 — Nordstrom Rewards All Level Access

My Shift: 1:00 – 9:30

7/19 — Nordstrom Rewards All Level Access

My Shift: 11:30 – 8:30

7/20 and 7/21 I am off

7/22 — Public Access to the 2016 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Lagos Trunk Show 10:00 – 5:00

My Shift: 11:00 – 8:00

7/23 — Public Access to the 2016 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

My Shift: 1:45 – 10:45

I do not have the rest of my schedule for the event, which ends on August 7. On August 8, all Anniversary merchandise will no longer be offered at a discount.

Hope to see you in July!




Uber Goals for My Dad

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

My handsome dad.

My eighty-five-year-old father wants to be an Uber driver.

You chuckle at the absurdity of this statement. At eighty-five most people have long given up their precious driver’s licenses. They have, of necessity, given in to the decline of sight, hearing, and reflexes. Not my father.

My dad had a tough upbringing, raised during the Depression in the stereotypical single mother scenario. My father had to face challenges his entire life. I won’t list them here. He never wanted pity, only an opportunity to work hard and create a better life for his family.

In order to best describe my dad I will ask you to recall the character Clint Eastwood portrayed in Gran Torino. My father is not politically correct. He believes one of the greatest things wrong with America is political correctness. “Tell it like it is… if something smells say it smells!” And like Clint’s character in the movie he has a very nice lawn that happens to be on the main road sans sidewalk. He may not threaten you with a shotgun if your dog poops on it, but he has a hose and he’s not afraid to use it.

Which brings me back to the Uber driver conversation. After a long explanation of what an app was and how this particular one worked, my father sat back in his recliner and became thoughtful. We could see his mind working. He had driven every type of car and delivery truck during his lifetime. He knew the New Jersey highway system like the back of his hand. What a great way to earn a little money on the side to supplement Social Security and V.A. benefits.

“I could do that,” he said with confidence. “I’ve been a professional driver all my life.”

Imagine the scenario. I can hear my dad muttering about the “bananas” driving on the Turnpike on the trip to the airport. Wondering aloud why taxpayers had to pay for five construction workers to stare into a hole on the side of the road. Complaining to his incredulous passengers about the traffic while Johnny Cash plays on the car stereo. Or, for a change of pace, perhaps he would treat his passengers to the bagpipes. The Black Watch is my personal favorite, a relaxing selection of sweet melodies he blasted when we were kids to get us up in the morning. The consensus is that his career as an Uber driver would either last for one day, or he would become famous and be featured on 60 Minutes. Either way, my father is honest about who he is. His life was dedicated to making his children’s future brighter. I never saw anyone work harder or fight harder for the American Dream.

So what do you give a man like this for Father’s Day? My dad likes to eat, so this is easy. I will send him a selection from Omaha Steaks. He reminded me the last time that he really liked the malt ball ice cream.

I haven’t talked about my husband, the amazing father to my children. He is a modest, unselfish man who loves his family first and Rutgers University second… especially the football team. This fall he will be taking a couple of trips up to games, and my gift to him is the correct size carry-on. His job is to find one he likes, and Nordstrom has a great selection to choose from. He also gets to pick the Italian meal he wants, eggplant or ziti. With meatballs, of course.

How about the dad in your life? My number one suggestion is a Shinola watch. Made in Detroit, it is a quality timepiece with a classic, clean clock face. It comes in many colors and strap combinations. I am happy to help you choose the perfect watch for the dad in your life.

Happy Father’s Day from your Nordstrom jewelry stylist,

Lois Lewandowski


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