• California Dreamin’

    Everyone has one song that seems to embody the essence of their high school days. Mine is California Dreamin’ by the Mamas and the Papas. The big, fat harmonies, the sweet, plaintive melody, the freedom that the song implies lives somewhere in the future and of course, the images of a dreary, Eastern winter contrasted

  • Dancin’ in the Street

    Imagine. Summer, 1967. Saturday night. Four gals crammed into a beat-up Ford Falcon with the top down. No one’s got a date tonight, but no one cares. Just as the sun is setting, we pull into the drive-in window and order four Big Boy cheeseburgers, two orders of fries, and four large vanilla Cokes. We

  • I’M BACK!

    Forgive me Readers, for I have sinned. It has been three years since my last confession (er – blog). I am ready to do penance, or at least, to write another blog. Looking back on some of my old entries I was surprised. They held up pretty well, and I haven’t really changed my opinions


    Aurevoir! I’m going to be taking an extended break from blogging. Thank you for “listening” to my kvetching, whining, borching and generally, opining on everything from politics to ants in the kitchen to television culture. “For everything, (turn, turn, turn) there is a season. . .” as the song says (and the Bible for that


    IT IS TRULY A WONDERFUL LIFE This morning I woke up and realized that the cold I’ve been fighting for the past three days is almost gone. This is nothing short of miraculous. I am familiar with this particular strain of cold, because my husband had it for approximately three weeks. Then it occurred to


    WHAT IS NEWS? It never fails to astound me when I contemplate the “newsworthy” events of the day. Yesterday, Art and I were driving somewhere with our radio tuned to a talk news station. They were going into lengthy detail about Michael Jackson’s stay at a local hospital for the flu. They even went so


    A SNAPSHOT You never know where life is going to take you. At the moment, my father-in-law is recovering from the flu, and my brother-in-law is in the hospital recovering from surgery. My mother-in-law is recovering from the stress of it all. Our niece is coming to visit us in March, as is my friend


    VALENTINE’S DAY Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. I know that some of my readers are in countries that do not celebrate the holiday, so let me just briefly describe it: This is a holiday that celebrates love, especially romantic love. The tradition is for couples to exchange valentines (cards containing love notes). Some people give gifts.


    FEEDING THE KITTY This morning I got myself to yoga class. I have a hard time with making time for yoga (and anything else that might be deemed “self-improvement”). When I make my mental list of priorities, I have a tendency to put such activities at the bottom of the list. And then, too, I


    FRIENDS – A GREAT INVESTMENT They say that friendship is a lot of work. Sometimes, I admit, it does seem that way. Friends require that you check in with them on a fairly regular basis, hold their hands when they need it, hold your tongue when you must, forgive when they disappoint you, and thank