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Plan B – As in Berry

Plan B – As in Berry

A memory from long ago: Five of us gathered in the Blue Hills with a baked pie crust, Cool Whip,…

Settings

Settings

If you like stories that take place in lots of exotic places, my memoir, The Wrong Calamity, might be just…

Need a Break

Need a Break

If you’re like me, you could use a Lego break right about now.

Time for School!

Time for School!

The morning of my first day of first grade, I was so excited I jumped out of bed, brushed my…

Discovering a Superpower

Discovering a Superpower

I was four when I discovered I could read. Sitting in a diner with my dad, I asked for a…

Hot Takes

Hot Takes

This old badass is lovin’ these reviews!

A Friend’s Theory

A Friend’s Theory

A friend opines that the coldest temperature people are comfortable at is equal to their age. I laughed it off,…

Podcast Coming Up!

Podcast Coming Up!

I’m thrilled to be a guest on Susan Guthrie, Esq.’s very valuable podcast, “Divorce & Beyond.” We’re recording today. Stay…

Kvelling

Kvelling

So proud of this 5-star review. Thank you, Reader Views!

A 60-Year Friendship

A 60-Year Friendship

We laugh, we cry, we dumpling.

Spring is Springing?

Spring is Springing?

Strange to be twelve days into Spring in New York when we didn’t really have a winter.

Productive?

Productive?

I might not be the most diligent person working in this coffee shop, but I bet I’m the most hydrated.

Gardens and Me

Gardens and Me

A seed catalog addressed to “Current Resident” came today. Garden season is approaching the northeast, and this current resident is…

On The Cutting Room Floor – Joke’s On Me

On The Cutting Room Floor – Joke’s On Me

As readers of my memoir, The Wrong Calamity, know, my years in Japan transformed me. Here’s a Japan incident that…

A Hot Tip About a Great Read

A Hot Tip About a Great Read

I’m always on the lookout for a new book by Marcia Biederman, and with her recent release, The Disquieting Death…

Active Imagination

Active Imagination

When a young man in my family decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail—a 2600-mile hike starting near the Mexico…

Highly Recommend

Highly Recommend

The jewel box of a museum, the Museum of the City of New York, is celebrating its centennial with the…

Join This Online Discussion of The Wrong Calamity

Join This Online Discussion of The Wrong Calamity

I’m thrilled to announce that my memoir, The Wrong Calamity, has been chosen by online bookclub Great Indie Reads as…

Um… Okay

Um… Okay

A little puzzled by this sign in a restaurant bathroom. Are you?

On the Cutting Room Floor – The Opener

On the Cutting Room Floor – The Opener

Many writers say the first few lines of a book are the hardest to write. They sure were for me.…

I Heart Libraries

I Heart Libraries

I grew up loving libraries, and when the New York Public Library system acquired The Wrong Calamity, my memoir, I…

I Scream You Scream

I Scream You Scream

I was taking a walk when I saw this line and had to find out what they all knew that…

On the Cutting Room Floor – Grandma Minnie and the Bones

On the Cutting Room Floor – Grandma Minnie and the Bones

Many readers of my memoir, The Wrong Calamity, tell me they love my Grandma Minnie. Here’s more to love—an episode…

Still There

Still There

I thought maybe I’d imagined this and had to go back and check. There it was, brighter than before.

Bunnysaur

Bunnysaur

Spotted this Easter Bunny dinosaur on a walk. What should we call it? An Eastersaur? A rabbisaur?

Overthinking

Overthinking

A colleague’s mother died unexpectedly. When he returned from the funeral and the arduous, lonely task of clearing out her…

This!

This!

Readers of The Wrong Calamity, my memoir, know that when I worked at a large corporation in the early 90’s,…

Say What?

Say What?

True story. The dry-cleaning place had a sign that promised “same-day service.” Good thing, because I’d just spilled something on…

Could Do This Forever

Could Do This Forever

Signing copies of my memoir, The Wrong Calamity, at a big-turnout event.

Domestic Spat

Domestic Spat

Looks like somebody just got booted. Do you think?

I Give Up

I Give Up

I have a shoehorn, oil and vinegar cruets, an extra filter for the vacuum cleaner, and exercise gloves to protect…

A Fresh Beginning

A Fresh Beginning

I’ve been invited to write a piece about one of the themes in The Wrong Calamity. For several days I…

Stinky

Stinky

I fell for a pitch to buy a slightly-splurgy new moisturizer that promised the glowy skin that in real life…

Pure Poetry

Pure Poetry

A young boy I know loves to cook. His dishes still run to experiments based on little intuition of how…

On the Cutting Room Floor – Grandma Julia

On the Cutting Room Floor – Grandma Julia

Readers of The Wrong Calamity are familiar with my grandmother Julia. Here’s something about her that didn’t make it to…

Unfocused

Unfocused

Today I’m scattered, like the pieces of a broken vase, and I can’t find the superglue to put me back…

Me and My Big Mouth

Me and My Big Mouth

Aunt Ada was renowned for her delicious food. A dinner party at her house was always a treat, and I…

A High School Memory

A High School Memory

She was one of the cool girls, a cheerleader, a chipper one who appeared to have no problems bigger than…

On the Cutting Room Floor – Discovering My True Self #2

On the Cutting Room Floor – Discovering My True Self #2

Readers of The Wrong Calamity know that I overcame a difficult childhood and reflected in the book about how I…

Bah Humbug

Bah Humbug

Grouchy me. All that pink, a huge wash of pink, from one end of the card section to the other.…

Secrets

Secrets

I used to carry so many secrets. Then I got out of the secrets game, with a few exceptions, like…

Now What?

Now What?

I had five minutes before I needed to leave for an appointment I couldn’t be late for. Just enough time…

On the Cutting Room Floor – Discovering My True Self #1

On the Cutting Room Floor – Discovering My True Self #1

Readers of The Wrong Calamity might relate to this paragraph. It didn’t make it to the final manuscript, but in…

Wanting a Do-Over

Wanting a Do-Over

Today I’m thinking about the time I visited my great aunt Yetta, who was near the end of her life.…

Hot?

Hot?

A younger friend was surprised to learn that I’m the same age as a friend of ours. “I’m surprised you’re…

Taking Off

Taking Off

Cabin attendant’s pitch, preparing us for takeoff: “Fasten your seatbelts and secure all baggage under your seat or in the…

On the Cutting Room Floor – My New Job

On the Cutting Room Floor – My New Job

Readers of The Wrong Calamity know that my job as an assistant in my freshman year at Brandeis changed the…

Writing The Wrong Calamity

Writing The Wrong Calamity

Writing is a solitary art, and I was spending too much time alone in my apartment. I started walking to…

Honored!

Honored!

Such a thrill to see The Wrong Calamity together with these inspiring books by such talented authors.

Priceless

Priceless

In northern Georgia, spent three glorious hours writing in front of this magnificent fire with my best friend, Worth, sitting…

On the Cutting Room Floor – Lost Opportunities

On the Cutting Room Floor – Lost Opportunities

Readers of The Wrong Calamity know that in my young years I had difficulties in my family and in high…

The Totes

The Totes

The tote boxes are the kind that might hold blankets. I moved them from a closet in Boston to a…

On the Cutting Room Floor – What’s in a Name?

On the Cutting Room Floor – What’s in a Name?

Readers of The Wrong Calamity know that I was born at Lafayette, Indiana’s, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, where the wards were…

Then and Now

Then and Now

My usually reliable hairdresser cut my hair way too short. The melon I bought is moldy inside. I had my…

Here’s Why

Here’s Why

Why on earth am I wearing this at my age? Two reasons. One, “At my age” is a phrase I…

In and Out of Touch

In and Out of Touch

Readers of The Wrong Calamity know about my best friend, Worth, and our hastily arranged trip to Vietnam. Our friendship…

Dumb Luck

Dumb Luck

The knife fell out of my hand while I was emptying the dishwasher. Fortunately, I caught it before it landed…

Ridiculous Me

Ridiculous Me

These tissues are flimsy and scratchy. They fall apart when you reach for one and disintegrate when you try to…

Abgail and Me

Abgail and Me

This email from Amazon was unsolicited, but I love it. My book next to Abigail Thomas’ book—the stuff of dreams!

A Leap of Faith

A Leap of Faith

In the isolation of lockdown, I thought a lot about two cousins I’d loved when I was a little girl…

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