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

New Word Order

  Dined, wined, skied, skated and barely slept my way through the holidays. Spent the New Year’s observance up in Lake Tahoe, California.  Partook in my first Raclette dinner party ~ during which thankfully no one was hurt (save the lining of our hearts) ~ and shoveled a yard’s depth of fresh snow to create … 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

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

Imma Be

Astronaut.  Hotel magnate.  New Jersey housewife. You’ve ruminated what you’re going to be many times in this life.   Fortunately Halloween gives you the annual gift of identity exploration without a crisis or daunting self-scrutiny.  What a treat to just BE whatever you want for once (a year).  As a young kid I relished transforming myself … Continue reading