Run, Candidates, Run!

  HAVE YOU NOTICED? I’m a political junkie, totally hooked on the upcoming presidential election. And, boy, is Presidential Election 2016 providing me with a lot of entertainment! No soap opera could come up with a plot like this one!   I’ve lost count but I think we started out with something like 18 candidates between […]

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 […]

Dinner at Aunt Millie’s

  Am I the only one with table setting nostalgia? As the holidays near and I start to think about holiday meals, menus and table décor, I also think back to the holiday meals of my childhood and adolescence.  Dinners at Aunt Millie’s— not just holiday meals but anytime meals—stand out so vividly that I […]

Remembrance of Summers Past

I started writing this blog about five years ago when I suddenly realized that I was much wiser than everyone else.  I attributed this wisdom to the fact that I was in the second half of life and had therefore acquired a perspective on absolutely everything that one can have only after acquiring “a history.” […]

A Crusty Old Broad

“Crusty Old Broad” I’m using this term with endearment. My fond memories of my mother, who passed at age 88, always bring a smile to my face. Mom was a character but always in a very sweet way. She would say the most outlandish things but with that little smile on her face, a twinkle […]

Fear of Fears

Other than a couple of crisis periods in my life, I was never one to go running to a shrink.  But this time, I was convinced there was something wrong with me.  Anxiety?  Social Phobia?  Post partum depression? I was never afraid of anything, and now, all of a sudden, I seemed to fear everything. […]

My Toes Are Not Pointed!

I want to complain about shoes.  At my age I suppose I should resign myself to clunky black orthopaedic space boots but the fashionista in me rebels.  I can still remember the days when I commuted into New York City by train from the suburbs in my business suit and stilettos.  They weren’t 5 inches […]

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 […]

Get My Point?

My six-year old grandson shares this with me but I wonder if anyone else does.   I prefer to use pencils.   I still remember the butterflies in my stomach that first day of school (100+ years ago!) when I left my mother’s safety net and walked apprehensively into that great big building.  There on […]