Monthly Archives: December 2014

2015…WHAT TO BRING, WHAT TO LEAVE BEHIND

The question of what to bring with us into the New Year - the future,  the next great segment of our lives – and what to leave behind is not a frivolous one. Nor are the answers necessarily obvious or all that easy. As I was packing last week for a ten-day family holiday sojourn at our old farmhouse in Connecticut, I realized I’d done… read more

“HAVE I COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE?”

I’ve always been a little bit crazy when it comes to finding special Christmas gifts for our daughters, Kate and Abigail. But when they were little, I got totally carried away. The thing is, there always had to be something alive…I mean it could be anything. Seriously. It could be parakeets, tropical fish, hamsters, rabbits, baby chicks, kittens, puppies…as… read more

UGLY BETTY’S ENCORE!

We picked out our Christmas Tree yesterday. “Picking out the tree” is just about my most favorite moment of any year…but this year it was also more than a bit nostalgic. You might remember my writing about last year’s tree. (I think it won the prize for most popular “Motivator” for 2013…) She (it was definitely… read more

GONNA FIND OUT WHO’S NAUGHTY OR NICE…

GONNA FIND OUT WHO’S NAUGHTY OR NICE… Actually, Santa could be tempted to take a major shortcut to doing his job this Christmas. “Makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice” could already be done for him, thanks to a controversial “behavior-tracking app” called ClassDojo that lets grade school (and even pre-kindergarten) teachers award points (or subtract them) based on each child’s conduct.  The points are posted on an “interactive… read more

THE WAY YOU WEAR YOUR HAT…

THE WAY YOU WEAR YOUR HAT… Riding down Fifth Avenue last week (well, one doesn’t really “ride” down Fifth Avenue these days, it’s more like crawling with fits and starts – mainly “fits,” whatever they are - thanks to the endless construction/destruction of NYC streets, but never mind), I saw a great looking guy crossing the street… read more