Happy, Merry, Joyous: Can We Celebrate Now?

In Defense of Celebrations… As I was walking down the hall of a medical building the other day I noticed a Christmas wreath on one of the doctor’s doors.  It jumped out at me because it was the only one.  All the other doors were bare.  It occurred to me that every office door, every […]

The Women’s Movement: Did It Work?

Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan and the women’s movement made a huge difference in this country.  Many of us are old enough to remember a time when Harvard and Yale were for men only, when women were turned down for jobs because of their gender, when there was no “equal pay for equal work,” and no […]

Joan Rivers: “Too Soon, Joan…Too Soon”

“Joan Rivers is dead!!!” my daughter texted me. Shock. We knew she was hospitalized in very serious condition, but dead? Total shock. And yet, why? Joan Rivers was 81 years old so it shouldn’t really be shocking. My daughter and many others knew that I idolized Joan Rivers, not because I was a fan of […]

The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred- Foot Journey is a feast for the eyes and heart. Film making has so much in common with great cooking and Swedish director Lasse Hallström is a master chef among film makers, choosing all the perfect ingredients to make this film as palatable as it can be for its audience. Hallström is no […]

Remembrance of School Clothes Past

“I have enough clothes and shoes and I never need to go shopping again,” said no girl, ever.     —Anonymous I heard a school bus pass by the other morning. Now, my child is grown, but there’s something about that sound that acts like the starting bell at the Kentucky Derby.  It’s a visceral urge […]

Intriguing Eyebrows

“You must never underestimate the power of the eyebrow.”  —Jack Black Well said, Jack. And yet, recent developments have caused me to question this new brow foliage cropping up.  And out.  You know the ones I mean.  The white or grey, wiry or bushy ones that have appeared not only in your brows, but incongruously, […]

Sweet Petite

Five foot two, eyes of blue /oh, what those five feet could do / has anybody seen my gal?    —Ray Henderson At 5’ 1 ¾” in my stocking feet (I count the stockings, too) I am what is deemed “petite”—namely, a woman 5’4” and under. Yet according to the U.S. National Health Statistics, the average American […]