By Mary N. DiZazzo

Beauty and Brains

Ciao bella,

There are just some things in life you are undoubtedly grateful! When strangers became friends and these friends have been there for you in good and tough times! When teachers who could be teaching at Harvard are teaching you in an Adult Ed class atmosphere. How lucky can you be? This wonderful school to learn it all is The Cambridge Center for Adult Education in Harvard Square.

When I first moved to Beacon Hill almost 23 years ago I came with no friends and barely made any at all within the first years. I spent many afternoons on my apartment's finished roof deck staring out onto The Massachusetts State House and the rushing people below. There were so many people I wanted to meet. I yearned to meet them all! But how?

I attended trade school in Cosmetology. That training was a unique and serious education in itself! I may write a book about it all and how my life is enriched! Making people beautiful, making them feel instantly fab and learning to mix hair color and cutting perimetric shapes was quite satisfying. However I craved to learn how to read Shakespeare, see Opera and discuss it, even poetry and short stories needed to be conquered. Reading "Dante" will hold a special place in my heart. A column for another day!

So one day while I was shopping Harvard Square on the famous Brattle Street there it was a yellow school house with a rich history. I went in and brought home the catalog of brain feasting offerings! It's been a fantastic experience for 20 years meeting many teachers and classmates becoming life long friends!

The classes offered now are cooking in their New kitchen space in The Blacksmith House, languages galore, acting, photography, grammar and a marvelous line up of hundreds of classes of everything under the sun! A New class BEAUTY & THE BRAIN by a Neuroscientist will discuss Beauty and what it is!

So, consider taking a class, learn something new and feel smart!

Say hi to Obi & Kevin! They can certainly satisfy your interests!

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America! Wishing one and all a happy, healthy New Year for 2014!

--Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or