You know that feeling—the one where your guts feel like they are in the spin cycle with a few beagle-sized boulders and your heart decides to take up residence right behind your back teeth? The feeling that makes you aware that you’ve stopped taking in critical quantities of oxygen as evidenced by the tightness in [...]
If you are reading this, the world did not come to an end in December 2012. Good news, right? It certainly would have been a, umm, a once-in-a-lifetime event. It’s kind of tough to top a world-changing experience like utter extinction, but how are you making 2013 a year to remember? As we lurch forward [...]
You wake up, bleary, not sure exactly what time it is, the alarm clock keeps going off and all you know is that you can’t hit snooze for the fifth time. Sitting up, you rub your eyes, and wonder if you have time for breakfast. Or a shower. But certainly not both because you overslept. [...]
I have a confession: When it comes to love, I have been selling myself short. For years. I have sold the best of me at rock bottom prices. Auctioned off my heart to the lowest bidder. But I’m here to say that I can no longer do this. I have taken myself off the discount [...]
While we are obviously about shouting about the fabulousness of women, we must at times pay homage to the other sex. When we set about choosing themes to recycle for our Retro-Year-10-Year-Anniversary, we all knew that in that vein, we should celebrate, lament, laugh, love, cry and shout about the rugged side of life. I [...]
On a recent Sunday morning, much too early for my usual public emergence, I participated in a yard sale with my friends. Since I keep Amvets on speed dial I didn’t have much to sell; I happily purge my tiny abode any chance I get. Yet I joined in to support my friends, both had [...]
Ah language, how I love you, you maddening device, you. You can be slippery and imprecise, offering only occasional glimpses of clarity. Or you can be exact as you slice through the air with your meaning. Oh language, dear accomplice, you have gotten me in trouble as I speak my mind and you go along [...]
By the time you read this, most of us will have survived yet another holiday season with varying degrees of aplomb and skill. Some of us, well, allow me to be perfectly honest, some of you, will have thoroughly enjoyed the entire tinsel-y, divinity fudge-y, saccharine music-y month with nary an extra pound added nor [...]
With the economy in the tank, and the cost of a tank of gas the equivalent of a minor 401k withdrawal, it’s clear that many people are thinking of ways to downsize and simplify without sacrificing too many of the things that they’ve come to love. Cutting back on expenditures is a common theme as [...]
They, whoever they are, say that time heals all wounds. And I am here to say, “Right on, sister” even though I don’t normally talk this way. I say this with enthusiasm because, at this intersection of time and space in this thing I call my life, it’s true for me. In my last column, [...]
“There are love objects we simply dream up. They are not real people to us; they are the embodiment of a dream. We unleash both want and need onto them and while we’re dreaming, we believe that they can fill up the bottomless pit where want and need are endlessly renewed.” Nuala O’Faolian from Almost [...]
I laugh out loud in the strangest places. Last week, I was sitting alone on a metal bench in the middle of a downtown shopping mall reading an essay by David Sedaris when the impulse overtook me. My initial attempt to stifle the laughter, fueled by momentary concern of what others might think, gave way [...]
The events that have unfolded in my life over the past few months have me walking a tight rope between my past and my future. An act of daring that, by necessity, requires me to perform this feat without a net. I don’t have any skills that make me particularly well-suited for this performance, unless [...]
Yesterday I awoke with a start, the mid-morning light streaming through the tall windows of my bedroom and the dull buzz of a Kir Royale headache echoing in my brain. Stretching my legs under the comfort of my warm duvet, I negotiated getting vertical from horizontal. So far, so good. The delightful aroma of chocolate [...]
I believe all things have a life span. A cycle, a duration, a period in which things are right and cozy and vital in the world of that thing. A natural phase marked by birth, growth, decline, and finally death, whether that thing is a human, a tree, a tee shirt, or a banana. Relationships [...]
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