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Outside In

Greenwich Avenue here in town — that veritable Rodeo Drive East — was nearly deserted late yesterday as Basil and I undertook a post-barbecue constitutional. All the better to see it clearly. Up one side of the street and down the other, we set aside the usual people-watching we might have done in favor of … Continue reading

Hudson River Schooled

You know that saying, “You can’t go home again”? I can’t — not to my first apartment anyway. Yesterday afternoon, Basil and I shirked our many household responsibilities and went for a Sunday drive, back to the river towns in Westchester, NY, where I lived and worked for a time. It was fun seeing the sites … Continue reading

Aglow with anticipation

Tomorrow, I’m going to reclaim my sparkle. I think. I’m headed to a ladies’ retreat tomorrow afternoon — armed with comfortable clothes, a bottle of water, a journal in which to record my thoughts and a bit of hope that some good tips and karma will rub off and allow me to serenely sail through these … Continue reading

Shaking things up in 2014

It’s a new year, with a blank slate. How will you fill yours? I don’t bother much with resolutions anymore — they never end well for me. But striving for a fresh mindset seems to work — at least until the chaos really hits the fan. Living outside my comfort zone, as I have been … Continue reading

Not by bread alone

I never know quite what feedback to expect when I post a blog: Laughter? Snarky comments? The sound of crickets? All of the above? Yesterday, my blogging efforts were recognized in the most incredible way: Having read about our new toaster, our neighbor, Nancy, baked us a loaf of bread so the appliance would have … Continue reading

Let me eat cake

So with this week’s flip of the calendar started the stream of email and snail-mail “birthday” marketing tools — you know those coupons and well-wishes from different stores and services you do business with. My birthday is in a couple of weeks and DSW  thinks I need a new pair of shoes, so they’ve sent me a … Continue reading

New year, new me

Are you making any resolutions? I used to. Back when I was a kid, I regularly resolved to be better about listening to my parents (probably lasted about a day) be nicer to my sister (might have lasted an hour) exercise (maybe took two long walks? How ironic that I am now a fitness instructor!) … Continue reading

From Stamford … with love

I got what I can only describe as an early Christmas present this week: The gift of hope and brotherhood shining like a beacon amid the insanity of a million crazy, stressful bits of life — not the least of which has been the weather-driven destruction we’ve seen here in the Northeast. Moved by the … Continue reading

Powerless against the surge of storm warnings

You ready for Frankenstorm? As a rule, I like a little weather. A rainy day is good for the soul, and I’m not above wishing for a snow day, even this early in the year. But all the hullaballoo over Hurricane Sandy has me smh (that’s shaking my head, for those without teenagers to translate). … Continue reading

Teaching Mom to phone home

Most of us are so tied up in technology that we don’t stop to consider that the whole world isn’t clicking and swiping all day long. Some people — my parents among them — still manage to live unplugged save for a standard-issue cell phone. We decided to change that recently. For a little while … Continue reading