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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

CELEBRATING ABUNDANCE

CELEBRATING ABUNDANCE There are lots of things to be grateful for at Thanksgiving: You don’t have to go shopping (except for food), you don’t have to wrap gifts, (or return them), you don’t have to do a lot of decorating, (okay, pumpkins, and gourds, and maybe those dried corn husk things, but it’s no big deal.) In the end, it’s… read more

RIPPING OFF YOUR STRAIGHTJACKET…

RIPPING OFF YOUR STRAIGHTJACKET… Seriously, it’s time to unbuckle the wretched thing once and for all. You know that “straightjacket.” It’s the one we strap around ourselves just about every day. Its buckles and straps are made up of our insistence on outlining, categorizing, detailing, and meticulously reviewing our flaws, weaknesses, shortcomings and “just not… read more

THE THRILL OF IT ALL

Jim and I and our Golden Retriever, Willa, run around the reservoir in Central Park every morning – rain or shine, sleet or snow, blazing heat or face-numbing frost. And thanks to Willa, the self-appointed “park greeter,” who absolutely insists on “welcoming” (tail wagging, ears down, smiling) everyone she sees, we meet an awful lot of interesting… read more

IT’S OKAY…

No, really it is. It’s nothing to get worked up about. They’re just bugs. Not the bugs that eat the holes through your favorite cashmere sweaters. Not the bugs that swarm and nip around you all summer and drink your blood when dusk falls – even after you spray the bejeesus out of your patio.… read more

STIRRED, NOT SHAKEN

STIRRED, NOT SHAKEN I know, I know, James Bond, (played by Sean Connery, the iconic “007″) insisted that his martinis be “shaken not stirred.” Actually, I like them both ways. Plus, I like them “dirty.” And our daughters, Kate and Abigail, make them to perfection. But much as I love them, I’m not actually talking… read more

IN THE END IT’S ALL ABOUT DINNER…

  IN THE END IT’S ALL ABOUT DINNER…  No really, it is. I mean, it is for me. It starts really early in the morning, usually when I’m running around the reservoir in Central Park with Jim and Willa (our Golden Retriever), and Jim says, “So what do you feel like for dinner? Jim’s a really… read more