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Where Creativity Comes From

I have some good news and some bad news. It’s about creativity. Well, mine anyway. After many years of alternately experiencing both droughts and monsoons of creative vision, I have miraculously discovered from where to harvest my most creative self. I liken it to mining for gold−since the result of every creative endeavor (on a […]

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Gettin’ Jiggy with the Grid

I know losing phone and internet service for thirteen days, twenty hours and six minutes, is not a big deal in the scheme of things. As it turns out, getting it restored is. But they don’t call me Jenny from the Grid for nothing! After speaking with a Verizon phone agent, who troubleshot remotely, she […]

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Start Stripping and Stop Over-Fishing

It’s pretty clear. Over-fishing is a present danger to our worldwide oceanic ecosystems. Scientists estimate that all marine life will be gone from our oceans by the middle of this century if nothing is done to protect the sustainability of seafood. Up until now, we didn’t have a solution to this dire issue. But here […]

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An Open Letter to Pigs

Dear Pigs, By the way, may I call you that? Pig? It’s meant with the utmost respect, and after all, it is your name. Believe me. I’ve never used your name in vain when referring to perverts or sleazeballs. I don’t know who started that. Uncool. Nor have I ever said, “go clean up, you […]

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Chef Admits to Cooking his Wife

I did not make that up. I could have−as my fiction readers would attest− but not this time. That headline came from the Huffington Post. For me, discovering that someone could cook another human being was hard enough to stomach, but finding this story in the Food Brief nearly caused me to lose my lunch. […]

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Gut Feeling

The strangest thing happened to me today while I was outside “exercising.” On the days I don’t play tennis (that sounds like I play a lot!) I “exercise” by walking. Okay, carbo-loading is not exactly necessary for one of these walks, but at least it’s something. If I’m going to be completely honest with you, […]

How Do You Not Forget People You’ve Never Met

How Do You Not Forget People You’ve Never Met

  This year, I allowed myself not to watch the Twin Towers come down. It was the first year since 2001 that I didn’t watch the reruns of that horrific morning. In years past, if I caught a glimpse of it on tv while passing through my family room or flipping through the channels, I’d […]

Leggo My Eggo, You Dear-Burgler

Leggo My Eggo, You Dear-Burgler

I wasn’t going to admit this to anyone, because the last time I did, it was met with uproarious laughter.  But this morning, eleven years later, I’ve been vindicated by The New York Times. In the fall of 2011 my husband and I moved from Manhattan, with our two children, to the New Jersey suburbs.  […]

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Grab Your Flashlight, We’re Going Back-To-School Shopping

“What do you think of this?”  My daughter held something up for me to see.    If I squinted I could detect the outline of a shirt, dimly lit from behind. “Wait a second,” I said, “my eyes need to adjust.”  My rods and hadn’t yet adapted to the near darkness of the store. We had […]

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