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Before and After

The other night, in a restaurant, my husband happened to encounter a woman he knew from high school days.  This is not unusual.  My husband frequently runs into people from his youth. In fact, I once wrote about this phenomenon, which never fails to amaze me.  (See “State of the Reunion,” March 2, 2015.)  Growing

By | 2016-02-15T08:48:18+00:00 February 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|13 Comments

Speaking of Sam……

Dear Readers: I beg your indulgence on two counts: one, for beginning this essay in the manner of an 18th century English novel, and two, for again writing about our new dog, Sam.   I promise this will be the last time.    Perhaps I shouldn’t promise, but I will try my best not to further subject

By | 2016-02-01T08:36:13+00:00 February 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

T’is The Season To Be Cranky

If it’s Thanksgiving, can Christmas be far behind? Or does Christmas now start before Thanksgiving?   Somehow I think it does. At least a week before turkey day, or perhaps even more, as I innocently approached my local supermarket, I thought I heard the rather loud clanging of a bell.  At first I thought it was

By | 2015-11-30T08:43:38+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |3 Comments

No “F” in (the) Way

As a “woman of a certain age” who attempts to chronicle life’s nonsense with wit and wisdom, it is completely understandable that one of my role models should be Nora Ephron.  To me, she was the gold standard.   When it came to humorous essays from a female perspective, no one did it better.  After all,

By | 2015-06-15T08:44:20+00:00 June 15th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|5 Comments

Silver Lining

So the other day I was on the phone with my friend Doris (not her real name).  She’s had a very rough winter.  Some strange malady has been sapping all her energy.  The slightest household chore sends her crawling to the sofa to lie down.  Her doctors have assured her that it is nothing life

By | 2015-05-16T08:35:50+00:00 May 16th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |4 Comments

“Fifty Shades” Revisited

Two significant events occurred this week.  1) I had another birthday, and 2) I finally read   “Fifty Shades of Grey.” What is the link between these two seemingly unrelated happenings, you might ask?  Even if you don’t (ask, that is) you know I’m about to tell you.  My birthday, of course, forced me to confront

By | 2013-02-15T09:00:06+00:00 February 15th, 2013|Categories: Erotica, Fantasy, Uncategorized|Tags: |8 Comments

New Car Blues

It isn’t every day that one buys a new automobile.  Therefore, it should be an occasion marked with at least some measure of anticipation and excitement as I drive the shiny, as yet undented chariot off the dealer’s lot.  So why do I feel like I want to go directly home, cover my mirrors, and

By | 2012-12-15T09:00:27+00:00 December 15th, 2012|Categories: Kvetching, Pets, Shopping, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Remote Possibilities

What I’m about to say is not exactly breaking news.  This is something that every wife and female significant other knows only too well.  While we can congratulate ourselves on having made great strides in the fight for equality with males in many arenas, there remains at least one battle zone where men are holding

By | 2012-07-31T09:30:40+00:00 July 31st, 2012|Categories: Men, Relationships, Spouse, Technology, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Epiphany

I think I have figured out the afterlife. If I go to heaven I will be surrounded by wonderful delights that are no longer accessible to me here on earth. For example, for years I enjoyed eating a particular mint candy that, in addition to having just the right amount of zing, also happened to