24 years ago I became the mother of twins. They were gorgeous, full term bright-eyed girls who looked nothing alike. One had piercing, dark blue almond eyes and a very serious expression, the other had big, round grey blue eyes and was always looking beyond you. The round-eyed baby was etherial and her eyes would […]Read more "Excavating your kid’s life"
I just came home from a steamy and damp writing workshop in the woods. It was intense for many reasons not the least of which is that it really was intense. The workshop was facilitated by the amazing life guru Lynda Barry and the more low key yet still as amazing writer Dan Chaon. We […]Read more "Your Game, Your Rules."
There is an old acting class exercise where a student is waiting for the bus and is supposed to take on attributes of various people “you’re 15 and you just got your first real kiss, you’re an old lady on the way to chemotherapy, you’re a kid who has to pee…” and at some point […]Read more "Die Trying: Personal Training at 50."
Anthony Bourdain hung himself; unbelievably believable. I did not know the man, only watched his shows and bought his books (and never read them). He was enchanting if for nothing than his refreshing honesty. Yeah yeah yeah, I know. I’m a crank. But the word “royals” just …will never go down easy. Only person I […]Read more "Oh, Tony! We Hardley Knew Ye."
I don’t know who Paul Thompson is but he has written what sounds like an awesome book, Aim Low: A Story About Lowered Expectations. I may read it, or listen to it or whatever I have to do to consume this material. I’m still slogging through the end of Vulgar Favors—the rest of the book […]Read more "Lowered Expectations"
As a former hot girl let me tell you that being fat does have it’s good points. I’m keeping this in mind as I look over the results of my latest Lipid profile blood test: This isn’t good. Nor is it normal for me. Two years ago, I pinched a nerve in my neck and […]Read more "What will Kill me First? Fat or Fat?"
After two months, I’m stalled. 20 lbs lost then–blammo! nuttin. Stupid diet. Stupid 50 year old metabolism. Of course, I’m an idiot. I haven’t discussed this with my doctor, I have only done minimal internet research on this diet and I’m not measuring or weighing my food. I only go to the gym once a […]Read more "Yeah, I’m on the Keto diet. So What?"