Kid Rock

You will be a rock star and that is final! I surprisingly heard myself utter those words to my 6-year-old son not long ago. We had signed him up for this incredible after school program called RockSTAR that teaches children drums, electric guitar, keyboard, bass, vocals and performance as a band. As a lover of … Continue reading

Welcome to Wonderland

Date night.  It’s one of those rare evenings that a married couple with children spends non-interrupted by flying bath toys, the undersea exploits of a bucktooth sponge in short pants or replenishing a well of ketchup for the dunking of fish sticks.  A once-a-month-if-you’re-lucky chance to hire someone else to handle all of that and…escape. … Continue reading

Stay Negative

There’s something about January that really hits like a heavyweight.  Maybe it’s the turn of the calendar page of realization that none of your goals in the previous year were attained.  Maybe it’s the fear of a false positive start into the next.  Whatever it may be, it gets you in the gut and takes … Continue reading

All Time High

For my tenth birthday I asked my parents for the new Billy Joel album, 52nd Street.  I remember putting the record on after cake and listening to the lyrics of Big Shot: Well you went uptown riding in your limousine With your fine Park Avenue clothes You had the Dom Perignon in your hand And the … Continue reading

Love Your Mother

Who doesn’t love her or his mother?  Sure, she may paint your boy toenails neon pink (your favorite color), photograph and feature you enjoying said lacquered nails in her company’s advertising campaign and let Americans make you a five-year-old poster child for the public debate on gender mores – yet you love her anyway.  But … Continue reading

A Kodak Moment

I can’t believe the Oscars are less than 127 hours away. I was supposed to get myself into tip-top, red-carpet-ready shape.  Not that I’m co-hosting with Franco and Hathaway or trying to fit into an egg.  I’m not driving anywhere near Hollywood and Highland this weekend (can’t even if I was oddly inclined) or conferring … Continue reading

Can You Kundalini?

We’re off and running now. December is upon us and with the turn of this month of winter holidays, glittery dinners, opulent parties, tree-lightings, floating candles, White House invitations, delicious foodstuff, cinnamon-laced drinkstuff and other glorious stuff will be intermingled with our daily lives.  Even those of us with the hardy constitution of a Nordic … Continue reading

Black Friday, Meet Red

Some things in life are certain. Death-defying circus acts.  Corporate tax loopholes.  Mass transportation gone wild action films starring Denzel Washington.  Top of my life’s list of sure things?  You’ll never see me partake in a pre-dawn pilgrimage to Walmart.  And while others are seeing black today ~ the anticipatory manifestation of a highly profitable … Continue reading

The Swinging Years

Halle Berry.  Demi Moore.  Jennifer Aniston.  Salma Hayek.  This is not our grandmothers’ 40s, my friends. Today women in the four-oh’s are boldly embracing the singular beauty, wisdom and sensuality of their age and experiencing a renewed joie de vivre.  Many are having children.  Many are dating men that could have been their children.  Overall, … Continue reading

Prop Shop

Promises.  Pollution.  Pot. Smells like prop spirit here in California, with a new round of voter initiatives for us golden state residents to weigh in on in tomorrow’s mid-term general election.   Two of the biggest propositions in the state face-off are Prop 23, which advocates the suspension of air pollution and emission controls, and Prop … Continue reading