I can’t think of a punchline because this is no joke. Last night these three people, of which I was one, spent a good long time in my sauna. What started out as an informal holiday meal among friends ended in a cerebral conversation about death. Three women — all middle-aged, college-educated, healthy, married, mothers […]Read more "A Buddhist, an Atheist, and an Agnostic walk into a Sauna"
I brush my teeth in the morning and at night. My evening cleaning includes flossing, a habit I didn’t adopt until June 8, 1996. The date sticks out in my mind because this was the first night of my two-year Peace Corps service. Standing at the sink — with only a toothbrush and a large […]Read more "The Worth and Limits of Flossing"
About a month ago I wrote a post titled “Three Things I Love in My Mouth” and got a lot of feedback on the blog and on FB. Mine were kale, coffee, and gin. One I have daily, another several times a week, and the other never. (If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, […]Read more "Three Things Revisited"
Invariably, I wake up before the rest of my house — dogs included. This has been going on for years. And for years, I’d fritter away the peaceful space of the dark morning hours clicking and scrolling. Occasionally, I’d read as I worked my way through a pot of coffee. Then last April, I decided […]Read more "Moonrise Revisited"
You like me. You really like me. But . . . She didn’t say those words when she accepted her Oscar Award in 1984, though those very words have been widely attributed to the ones which left her mouth. Nope. Not properly quoted. Here’s what she did say: “I can’t deny the fact that you […]Read more "Sally Field Said It Best"
Just as the weather turns, I begin to think about escaping the cold and inevitable snow and ice. Usually, when I weigh the advantages of warmer climes over the temperate ones, the four-season locales get the edge and I realize it is less about the weather and more about the travel. In thinking about this […]Read more "I’m Envious of Your Trip"
Patrice lives on an estate in Bosbury with her menagerie of animals. Patrice has been taking in the “undesirables” since the death of her husband. Callie, who is half Patrice’s age, is an animal behaviorist, i.e., a “pet whisperer.” A few months ago, Patrice called Callie to help out with one of the animals in […]Read more "The Fire (Word Count 2140: an 8-10 Minute Read)"