What I Brought to St. Croix (beside myself)

  I’m sitting at Mermaid Beach in St. Croix, staring out at the water and at the iguana in the sand 20 feet away. The iguana is bigger than the tiny, cute one I saw next to the pool outside

3 ‘Likes’ and a Love

  A few words on two exhibits and two books starting with Matisse’s Cut-Outs at MOMA.   In his 70s when he could no longer paint, he used a pair of scissors, white paper, and gouache. His new art form emerged.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting My Blog

Happy New Year! I hope 2015 is filled with love, adventures, and great health for you all. In recent months, people from Maryland, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, and Australia among other places, all strangers, not my relatives, friends, or students

39 Things That Are Better than Sex

Dear Blog Readers: Some of you want more contests. There will be one in a few weeks. Others asked if I’d share a column I wrote for AARP. One that got a lot of ‘likes’ is “50 Things that are


Dear Readers, I am glad that I wasn’t The one forced to choose The school contest winner You all shared good news.   Your entries are brave Poignant, honest, and real, You touched minds and hearts You sure got the

5 Things that Might (or Might Not) Interest You Including Stuff about Norman Lear

The deadline for the Love ‘N Stuff’s ‘A School Day’s Contest’ has been extended. It is Oct. 17, not Oct. 10. One of the judges cannot judge until next week. I’ll announce the winner here on Oct. 21. Last Friday

A School Days Contest For You

Last Wednesday night, my home writing class resumed. The newest member started during the summer. Most have been in the group for years. One woman, who has been writing short first-person pieces, is taking a leap with a long third-person

My Upcoming High School Reunion: a Biggie

 Buffalo News–Opinion Page–September 5, 2014   High school reunion is eagerly anticipated (The piece below appeared on the op-ed page of The Buffalo News on Friday, Sept 5, 2014. Items #12 and 22 were edited. Below are my original 12