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Diana Hansen-Young
New York City
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Someplace East of the Sun and West of the Moon, where every horn, antler, tusk and head is restored, and the lamb lies down with the lion. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Diana Hansen-Young
Did Walter James Palmer learn his beheading skills from Isis? Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Diana Hansen-Young
So I'm at dinner at an upscale "diner" and the special is Chilean Sea Bass, which is tasty, if indeed it IS Chilean Striped Sea Bass, but the "special" price make me suspicious, so I ask the waiter: Is this really Chilean Striped Sea Bass? I rarely ask Fine Dining... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Diana Hansen-Young
So out of my window I can see the Manhattan skyline just above the Brooklyn skyline, which includes the Hansen Clock tower and Met Foods. So the three of us sit and peacefully watch the sunset and the stars - no, wait. Stars don't flit. Don't go after them, boys... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Diana Hansen-Young
In her ubiquitous fur, ca. 1920, San Francisco, where she was a "flapper." Fox furs were all the rage, and she asked her dad, my Great Grandpa Wylie B. Duncan to "get her one." Wylie B spent the winters panning for gold and trapping for fur, and the summers building... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
So I'm in a taxi on Fifth, and we stop at a light. To my right, I see a meter-ticket-giver is standing at the front of a mini-van, which is parked in a NO STOP OR DIE zone, shaking his ticket-scanner-thingie, which has refused to issue a ticket. Meanwhile, in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
for all the reasons which will be revealed later. Hooray Hooray! In honor of pen and ink, I had a hot pastrami, and sketched my favorite pastrami-sandwich-maker with ever-present toothpick. Brooklyn: Nobody does it better. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
So the spy guys are back. Honestly. Our own Department of Defense Network Information Center (IP visited me on July 12. Right behind them was the Russian Federation Information Network - Moscow, Moscow City (IP So once again, I did a water color in their honor: I am... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
So it's Thursday afternoon at Thrillerfest X. The writer in front of me has the rapt attention of the agent. He's pitching his thriller, a steamingly fleshy autobiography: "Fifty Shades of Gray" meets "Night of the Living Dead" meets "Dr. No". He's so excited he's lost both feet, a hand,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
Overnight at a lion rescue park. Hear them roar! Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
And once again, I fail to blog. Ask me some time about the curried goat and lima beans. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
So today I'm called upon to open the Nana Nap Cafe for the Bab (Grandson Felix), meaning a nap, food, play. . . . for up to five hours. Yikes. So I get ready, and put his favorite song on a continual loop (the Alfred Apaka version) which is 2... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
Dawn. Brooklyn. Snoozing. I feel rustling. . . rustling. . . movement. . . I look and see Jaws the white cat emerging from under a fringed throw on the bed right next to me. I grab the cell phone and get one shot of this LION UNDER THE THROW.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
I spent January through July in a fury of writing and rewriting drafts of THE FAT HAWAIIAN DETECTIVE. I'm sending it out, and tinkering, of course, in the process, and going back to rewrite the thriller. Then life, as it is apt to do, interferred with my best-laid plans, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Diana Hansen-Young
Someone writes me: "It must be impossible to sit in Brooklyn in 2014 and write about Hawaii in 1898." Not at all. I confess, I go to old Hawaii every time I sit and write. I put on Hawaiian music that carries me away to another place and time, and... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Diana Hansen-Young
Three beautifully groomed and tacked animals, part of the NYPD Equine Unit, standing around being admired by a throng of horse lovers. I ask if I can pat the horsey. Sure, comes the resply. I raise my hand and WHACK! The horse flattens his ears and whips his head around... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Diana Hansen-Young
Easter Sunday 2014 Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2014 at Diana Hansen-Young
Spring has arrived! It's here! How do I know? I'm walking down the street and a puff of wind blows up the short-short skirt of the woman with her boyfriend waiting for the light. . . revealing there is absolutely nothing underneath. Nope. Not even a thong. I tried to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at Diana Hansen-Young
Shortly after the Queen was overthrown in 1893, Eleanor Prendergast wrote this song for the Royal Hawaiian Band. The Provisional Government, who had engineered the overthrow, came to the bandmaster and told him all the members had to sign an oath of allegiance to the new government, rather than their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Diana Hansen-Young
So yesterday afternoon the same-old same-old group of kids comes down the street at the same-old same-old time of 1:45 pm and I'm sitting in the window, working, and I see a big commotion: the kids are beating up on some smaller kid. I open the window, lean out, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Diana Hansen-Young
This is honor of a friend who's headed to Istanbul. Any musical theatre buffs, compare with Puttin' On The Ritz! Istanbul, Not Constantinople! Dance. Watch your pets run for cover. And is that your downstairs neighbor, pounding on the ceiling with her broom? Or PM Erdowan shouting "Incoming!" Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Diana Hansen-Young
This time from a masked server with route blacked out from somewhere in "Europe." If you want to try some spy stuff of your own, enter their IP address into one of the many sites that takes an IP address and gives you a lat and long, server information, route,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at Diana Hansen-Young
So it's time to quit sugar and all refined carbohydrates again and go back on a fish, vegetable, nuts, chicken eating plan. I did this two years ago and for over a year dropped weight, but more important, joints stopped aching, energy went up -- blah, blah, blah, we all... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at Diana Hansen-Young