(SELF-) HELP ME, PLEASE!

I’m a firm believer in life’s phases.  Even though I’d like to think I’m the only one in the world who’s lived through this freakish and undulating patchwork of Twilight Zone episodes, Eat,… Continue reading

WEIRD LITTLE FAMILIES

You can’t deny it.  You have one too.  And I don’t mean your Uncle Charles whose cats outnumber his terrible nicknames for you.  I don’t mean your little sister who spends her weekends… Continue reading

DINNER ANYONE?

I am blessed and cursed.  Blessed because I have a handful of close friends who are magicians in the kitchen.  Cursed because I have a handful of close friends who are magicians in… Continue reading

THE MEANING OF NAIL POLISH

The making of a woman is an interesting process.  Our behaviors, styles, rules-to-live-by, conceptions of must-haves accumulate over a lifetime from all kinds of dubious sources.  There are probably legions of women, for… Continue reading

FOLLOWING THE SCENT

How many times have I caught a whiff of a passing stranger and been transported on an instant olfactory journey back to my 15-year-old self swooning over T.M.’s Cool Water-scented t-shirt or over… Continue reading

THE LINGERING ‘SO’

I’m what you would call a stickler.  (If any of you have read Lynn Truss’s Eats, Shoots and Leaves, you know what I’m talking about.)  I have an obsession with grammar, with good… Continue reading

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL

There’s a certain amount of vanity that comes with being a woman.  You know, the primping, the prepping, the preening.  We don’t do it to get noticed, of course, because getting noticed is… Continue reading

UNCOMMON DECENCY

There is a certain amount of rudeness that you become immune to when living in London, or any other mega city: people bumping into you without a glance back, much less an apology;… Continue reading

EAR TO THE GROUND

I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember, but have only recently started to read books about writing.  Books like Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott or On Writing by Stephen King… Continue reading

NAILING IT

Where to begin with this one?  Ah yes, of course.  At the end.  The end of a very sharp nail cutter.  The kind used the world over to trim a man’s nails down… Continue reading

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