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86. Foiled Again

How lucky are we, my kids and I, that we have my parents in our lives? From the time both my kids were born, they’ve been there. Actually, I had to kick them out of the delivery room when I started to push Alice out 18 years ago. They’d stuck with me through labor, all…Continue Reading

Take a picture. It lasts longer. Or does it?

First I have to say, Happy Anniversary to Me and Dan. 3 years. We’re going out to dinner tonight. (Beats our last two celebrations; colonoscopy prep and spending the day in an airplane.) Being Saturday, we each have our own little things to do that bring us joy in the morning hours. He typically wakes…Continue Reading

Off to College

My oldest daughter is about to head off for college. I get asked a lot, “are you just devastated?” or “oh, I’ll bet you’ll cry won’t you?” Up until a year ago, I’d have laughed both of those off with a rallying cry of “no way. I’m so excited for her. I’ll be happy for…Continue Reading

My 1st 4th of July, PacPal

Believe it or not, what sold me on Pacific Palisades, 15 years ago, wasn’t driving at sunset, seeing the Pacific on a pristine view day. It was driving down Sunset on the days preceding the 4th of July and seeing all the chairs set out on the curbs. We were looking for a home, and…Continue Reading

Our New Dog

Turns out we have a new dog. Hasn’t been 24 hours yet, but already it seems like the act of getting a new dog and bringing him into the house is symbolic for the state of things. Let me explain. Facebook Obsessive: I pretty much start my day with it. I love being connected to…Continue Reading

procrastination and avoidance

My head was spinning just now, so I decided to do a real time brain slice of what it’s like to be me while I avoid something. It’s 10:23. I’ve checked my email, Facebook, Google News, Amazon deal of the day. I’ve gotten Milly off to school (2 hours ago) and taken Alice to Spencers,…Continue Reading

The Day I Met Sam Wanamaker

Performing was my second language. I’d been acting (unofficially) since I was 4. I took it upon myself to entertain my family, my cousins, guests who came to visit, and to the chagrin of my teachers, my classmates as well. I made it official in college and graduate school, earning a BA in theater and…Continue Reading


We are all influenced by pop culture. Who didn’t want to go out and adopt a homeless football player after seeing “The Blind Side”? And how many of you got your golden labs after seeing “Marley and Me”? It was no different with the wonderful film, “The Bucket List”, starring those icons of inspiration, Jack…Continue Reading

Did I ask for your Advice?

ADVICE: Love It, Hate It, Didn’t Ask for It, Not Gonna Follow it. I have a definite love/hate relationship with advice. Sometimes I crave it. I have so much doubt in my head, I seek advice from many sources. That comes with both risk and reward. There may be a gem coming my way which…Continue Reading