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You’re Not Fooling Anyone

You’re Not Fooling Anyone

You’re pro-life? Hey, me too! When I saw an earthworm drowning in a puddle, I scooped it up with a leaf and gently laid it down on some grass. When I see people fishing, I turn away because the idea of a fish losing his (or her) life makes me sad. I think of all its fish friends wondering ...
My Old Face

My Old Face

My face needs a lot of fixing, apparently.  I had a coupon to go to one of those “medical spas” –shiny places people go for shiny faces.  People go there to remove spots, pores, hair, wrinkles, fat and freckles.  The kind of place that immediately springs to mind whenever I see a face ...
Losing Your Looks?  Which One?

Losing Your Looks?  Which One?

Kathleen Turner talked of once getting a script that described her character as “35 but still attractive”.  (Feels like the writer wanted to put the word ‘somehow’ in there.)  Ah, men. You can’t say aging women are afraid of “losing their looks” because we are all aging women.  I was ...
The Frog’s in the Water

The Frog’s in the Water

"Denial is not a river in. Egypt." Nope, it's our entire country, America, easily distracted by the next shiny object and numbed with a presumption of resilience. It’s been less than four months since our nation’s capital was minutes – not days, not hours, minutes – away from being taken ...

Shoot Straight From the Hips

Instead of listening to what people say, watch what they do. There can be quite a chasm between what people say they’re about and who they actually are.  They’ll say they’re for this or that, that they’re against this or that, but when push comes to shove it turns out their principles are ...
YOU Have to Step Up to Save Our Fragile Democracy

YOU Have to Step Up to Save Our Fragile Democracy

These are the times when men’s souls need to try.  To try hard. Though a flagrantly, famously corrupt sociopath is no longer our country’s kingpin, he still holds one of the political parties and nearly half our citizens in his grip.  When Biden was elected, those who oppose fascism ...
Time to Rock Menopause

Time to Rock Menopause

Who’s to say who is pretty, ugly, fat, thin, rich, poor, smart, stupid, good, evil, crazy, not-so-crazy?  Few things in life are concrete dividers as to what you are.  But we women are handed a fairly distinct marker that tells us we are no longer young, and I don’t mean ...
Here’s What I Learned

Here’s What I Learned

People are saying everything is going to be OK.  But here's what I learned: I learned most people in our country are really, dangerously stupid. I don't just mean they can't tell you Copernicus discovered the Earth revolves around the sun stupid, or can't tell you who the Axis ...
You Are Not Your Title

You Are Not Your Title

This piece can also be found in my "Age Against the Machine" column for Jumble & Flow When people meet you, people inevitably ask you what you do.  Me, I like to ask things like, “What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?” or “what book has had the biggest impact on you?” but ...
Wheelchair Face (Just the Right Smize)

Wheelchair Face (Just the Right Smize)

Several years ago, I hurt my leg and couldn’t really walk. My husband and I were scheduled to go on a cruise and weren’t sure if we should cancel. (Jeff asked my father and my dad asked, “Who was that Jewish guy that got thrown off the cruise ship? He was in a wheelchair. Jeff told him it was ...
Why Do I Love New York City?

Why Do I Love New York City?

I was born to Netflix and chill.  And I mean actually watch Netflix and chill.  (And by “chill” I mean sit down and eat Frankenberry out of the box.) Truth be told, I don’t even need Netflix.  I don’t even need a color TV.  I’m perfectly content to sit around and drink instant coffee watching ...

Your Steps To Building a Successful Brand

You want to be successful. You want to have an impact. You want to uniquely provide unique value. You want to be special and useful. Maybe you want to be that 21stcentury “It” noun: an “influencer”.  Your dream can become a reality. Probably. Variables that affect your brand’s success ...

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