City Girl in the ‘Burbs

The first several years of my life were lived a few yards from the thundering Atlantic ocean on Beach 129th Street in Rockaway Beach, Queens. Wildlife came by way of seagull, pigeon, the occasional crab and sometime dolphin. The rest remained under the surface of the sea. At 18 I moved to Manhattan and spent the next 21 years living…

Unsubscribing…I hope.

I spent 4 hours unsubscribing from countless email lists on Sunday. These included everything from clothing retailers to furniture retailers, gardening sites to President Obama. And each time I pushed the unsubscribe button I got taken to a page that asked me to enter in my email address (really?), take a short survey and on many occasions asked me to…

“What Makes You Angry?”

My daughter’s 5th grade class read the book Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. In it, the main character learns a great deal about her mother. My daughter and her classmates had to interview their mothers and then write an essay about us using the interview questions. One of those questions was “What makes you angry?” My response was quick,…

Looking Back in Moving Forward – December 2013

December 30, 2013. 20 years ago I was running around lower Manhattan with my boyfriend and skater/artist/ musician friends in between classes at Eugene Lang and a job at 99X and some neighborhood coffee shop. I never wore pants. Instead opting for a skirt with opaque stockings topped with ruffled tennis bloomers I would pick up from Paragon Sporting Goods.…