In 1955 Reynolds was among the young actors who founded the Thalians, a charitable organization aimed at raising awareness and providing treatment and support for those suffering from mental health issues; Reynolds was elected president of the organization in 1957 and served in that role for more than five decades, and she and actress Ruta Lee alternated as chair of the board. Through Reynolds’ efforts, the Thalians donated millions of dollars to the Mental Health Center at Cedars-Sinai (closed in 2012) and to UCLA’s Operation Mend, which provides medical and psychological services to wounded veterans and their families.
This kitchen island of ours has undergone so many changes! Basically, the butcher block top had experienced enough fluctuations between high humidity in the summer (remember, we don't have AC) and intense dryness in the winter (wood-burning stove in the kitchen!) that it had rather fatally split. Remember the "before before"? When we first moved in, we painted the walls (well, the girls removed a gazillion layers of wallpaper and Sukie painted), but the cabinets and island (and floor!) were as we found them: Then I had the idea to take an old desk of Phil's and rework the top into a new butcher block for it, so that I could actually work on it without navigating that awkward insert of a cutting board. You can read about how we did it in this post about me … [Read More...]