The Personal Ones

Did I say that 2012 was a doozy? From that long-ago year’s relatively cushy vantage point, I quite literally did not know the half of it. This was the year that the other shoe dropped. I still haven’t sorted through 2013′s considerable lessons sufficiently to retrieve salient talking points, much less wrangled the time to […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones,The Silly Ones

I have never been especially good at math. I am also highly distractible, and find that I can lose time when I’m focused on something. Or not focused on something! Which is to say, pretty much anytime. At some point in this series, I lost a day. No, really—go back and count the days. I […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones,The Quotidian Ones

I have a joke I use to offset the dig-me factor in my crowdfunding talks about how, by the time I was 50, I’d done everything one could to mark a birthday—twice—so that I was forced for the first time to try something not-so-selfish. It’s funny because it’s true: I have been self-involved my whole […]

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I was going to return with wisdom and grace, the knowledge of lifetimes lived in our mutual absence. Or, at the very least, with my best Saturday-night smile, and a dozen coral roses from the farmers market, wrapped in a little extra flash and dazzle, just in case. Instead, there is this. It is not […]

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For most of my life, I have been obsessed with two things: looking cool, and never, ever getting caught trying to look cool. I’ve gotten away with it more than you’d think (though less than I’d have liked), and it’s made life easier in at least as many ways as it’s complicated it. Here’s the […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones,The Quotidian Ones

I like things the way I like them—exactly. I like being in my apartment with my things all where I put them last—these days, usually cleaned and neatly back in their rightful spots, but even before then, the crusty socks on the middle of the floor where I left them, dammit. I like working on […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones,The Quotidian Ones

About a year ago, one of the finest humans I’ve ever met died after a horrific fight with pancreatic cancer. I’d known Susan Carr a scant two years by then, but she was one of those people who rocket straight to the top of your “besties” list if you’re lucky enough to come across them […]

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When my ex-husband and I moved to L.A.—right around when those dinosaurs down the block took a permanent bath in the primordial ooze—we shared a car, which meant that one of us was usually walking somewhere. Back then, I thought nothing of walking two miles to

Posted in: The Personal Ones,The Useful Ones

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I tend to take things very seriously. And by “things”, I mean everything. What you say to me in a casual email. What I say to you in line at Starbucks. What I read on your Facebook timeline. And always, always what I am working on. When […]

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Summer is a crazy thing here in L.A. Just when it starts being over everywhere else—right around Labor Day here in the U.S.—it descends on us like a stinky devil in the night. I used to fight the weather like crazy, crouched in wet bathing suits under strategically-placed fans in the dark, or rushing off […]

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