Good enough, Day 12: A top sheet as flat as the Ritz

Last year, through a series of mishaps (mine) and one generous act (my sister and brother-in-law’s), I ended up the owner of some very nice cotton sheets. With monograms! Because even though monograms are ridiculous, everyone secretly loves them. Here’s what else they love: sleeping on ironed, white cotton sheets. Which is pretty easy to […]

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Good enough, Day 11: Too hot to be bothered

When I tell people about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, their first reaction is usually a brief take of mock-shock and/or sympathy over how terribly restrictive it is, followed immediately by a round of that game no one seems to tire of, “Can You Eat X?” But really, the SCD, a diet for people with

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Good enough, Day 10: Two good feet and a two-mile radius

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

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Good enough, Day 9: Giving the Arnold Palmer a run for its money

I must now admit to an embarrassing personal deficiency: 99.999% of the time, I hate drinking water. Okay, maybe “hate” is a bit strong; I really, really dislike it. But I stand by the percentage! Water is the most tedious beverage under the sun. It is blah. It is non-delicious. From the wrong wells or pipes, it […]

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Good enough, Day 8: Wacky wig and glasses, redux

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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Good enough, Day 7: Seriously—HOT

The heat wave continues unabated. So does my air-conditioning-less status. However, my MacGyvering seems to have kicked into high gear along with the temperatures. Tacky? Quite likely. Good enough? Absolutely. xxx c The skinny on, plus all previous 21-Day Salutes™.  

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Good enough, Day 6: Too darn hot

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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Good enough, Day 5: A poem

You know that thing where, completely by accident, you run into an old friend you haven’t seen for seven years at a place neither of you would expect because how the hell would they know Terry and Rich?,  they moved away SEVEN years ago— at least two before Terry and Rich even got to L.A., […]

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Good enough, Day 4: Rickety sit

Sometimes, the enormity of the wrongness of things holds me in place like a pile of x-ray blankets. Other times, it triggers a feverish hyperactivity—anxious, spinny, sound-and-fury-signifying-nothing stuff. Both states feed on themselves. I can spend hours either way. Days. Weeks. Spare me your stories of single, lit candles banishing darkness; in times like these, […]

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Good enough, Day 3: My friend, the bamboo

I saw this sign today on my morning walk. I’ve passed it dozens of times without even taking it in, and a few without stopping, even though I had. But today I stopped and really saw it. First, I admit, because I was annoyed (yet another piece of crap badvertising leveraging essential human truths for […]

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