My cousin Loretta is a special soul. We are 12 years apart, but I just feel like she is my soul sister. She is now 18 (and yes, that means I turn 30 this year) and is growing into such a beautiful, kind, happy-go-lucky young woman. So needless to say, I was beaming with pride and happiness when she called last week to let me know that she's been accepted into Cooper Union in NYC. It looks like such a neat school and of course is in a one-of-a-kind city. I am so excited for her.