I broke 2 toes. The second and third on my left foot. I didn’t break them in the snow during the storm or doing anything sexy. No. I broke my toes banging into the cocktail table in my living


  Loss brings pain. Yes. But pain triggers memory. And memory is a kind of new birth, within each of us. –Sue Miller During a recent bout of insomnia, I found The Buddy Holly Story on television. I had never

7 Major Musical Events the First 2016 Weekend

  The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year’s Day Concert playing Strauss filled me up inside. So did joining my grandson Sunday in The Super Soccer Stars Song after watching him at Super Soccer Stars. And then singing his other greatest

End of 2015 Roundup/Happy 2016

It was six weeks between my last post, MATCHMAKER, MATCHMAKER, and the one before it, TURN OF THE CORKSCREW. Writing, revising, revising some more, grand-mothering and teaching took over. In the last few weeks, I finally caught up with longtime

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

I’m one of the few Jews in New York NOT in the current production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. I did; however, sit in the fifth row of the orchestra next to my husband on his birthday Tuesday, Dec. 22

Turn of the Corkscrew

I am rejoicing. The other day, I bought my husband THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES by Siddhartha Mukherjee at Turn of the Corkscrew, a new independent bookstore on Long Island in Rockville Centre. The store, which opened last month, is

Furiously Happy and a Little Bit Sad

My New School fall class, Writing From Personal Experience, ended last night. Today I started to get post partum-y. I loved reading my students’ manuscripts and hearing their comments on each other’s work. They are good people, good writers, and


Two judges picked Carole as the winner of the Sept. 15 contest. Yeah, Carole! Congratulations to you. Here is her wonderful entry: “Dumb Luck” or “Besheirt”? Not receiving any sorority invites in grade 9, I became an active member of


4 TRUTHS AND A CONTEST FOR YOU Happy Rosh Hashanah! Not to get all self-helpie, but Wayne Dyer’s obituary, the first thing I read after a 12-day trip, ending in Buffalo for my 50th Bennett High reunion, makes me want


Janet Erenstoft (1912-2015) Today September 8th would have been the 103rd birthday of my first best friend’s mother.  She died last month a few weeks before our 50th Bennett High reunion.  At her bedside, near the end, Inez started to

My Big News

A short post with big news: my memoir has been accepted by Passager Books, affiliated with the University of Baltimore. It will be published in the spring of 2016. My editors, Kendra and Mary, are beyond terrific. I’m thrilled to

My Heroes

Thurs. two days before the bike event: I bought the healthy snacks my wonderful AARP editor, Allan, a long distance biker, told me to buy for my husband: bananas, peanut butter, apples, oranges, and Fig Newtons. I ate them. Friday,

Lobster Rolls, My Mother-in-Law, and Other New England Treasures

  First road-trip stop—Boston—to see my 98-year-old (in Sept.) mother- in- law. The witty remarks and laughter kept coming. Her gratitude for our visit, her health, and being alive were apparent. So was her interest in me. She asked a

The Winners…

We all won last week with the same sex marriage ruling.  Talk about wonderful!  Talk about great! About the Dad contest on my blog:  those of you who entered were all winners, too. I love your entries. I laughed. I

Your Contest/My Dad

Gone from this world since 1997, my father now guides me from heaven before or after his early bird dinners and bridge games; his voice, wit, and wisdom remain strong. When alive, he showed up big time in my life


1. My Buffalo News piece on my upcoming Bennett High reunion (Sept. 5, 2014 and posted on my blog Sept. 16, 2014) has been reprinted in the current issue Reunions The editor asked what ‘weck’ is and added the explanation

Top 10 List about David Letterman’s Departure and Then Some

10. I didn’t watch it regularly. It was on too late for me. 9.   It was too-a-lot-of-other-things, too. 8.   No need or room for those here. 7.   Still, endings are endings.  I hate good-byes. 6.    So I’ll be watching his


I’m only the messenger, delivering the news.   A good thing, too. I read your April 20 contest entries again. No way could I have picked just one. They all resonate. They’re all great. For example, what Char’s mother said on


Yesterday I got an email from one of the two judges of the LOVE ‘N STUFF contest(April 20 blog post: My Mother, Willy Loman, And A Contest For You). “The entries are all good,” the judge said. “It’s going to


Before I saw Death of Salesman with Lee J. Cobb, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the other Willys in between or even read the play, my mother told me about a particular scene. Willy, waiting in the reception area of Charley’s

22 Things I Don’t Like (there are more but I’m not going to bore you)

In the comments section of my February 17 blog post, “24 Loves,” Judy G. wrote, “So now we know what you love…how about your next list for all us curmudgeons…what you really don’t like. You can start with waterproof boots


When I finish Renee Watson’s totally engaging new young adult novel, THIS SIDE OF HOME, and leave the narrator, Maya Younger, and her identical twin, Nikki, in their changing Portland neighborhood, I will put it on my bookshelf next to


Two days ago, towards the end of CBS Sunday News, Charles Osgood did the upcoming weekly calendar and said that Tuesday (today) is “declutter your home office day.” Oy! Decluttering my home office is not on my calendar for today.

The Envelope, Please

I’m soooooo glad I wasn’t a judge of the IS THIS LOVE? Contest.  The entries are really good.  I would have been hard-pressed to pick a winner.  Everyone’s entry and everyone are winners. And…those of you who did not enter