Leaping into 2015

As I peer around the corner at 2015, I have to catch my breath a little. These last few years have been crazy in ways both good and bad. The first thing is that I feel a lot better now than I did one year ago and that is more wonderful than words can express. The last time I rang in the new year, I didn't drink, couldn't have caffein or sugar (no chocolate!), and I stayed away from vinegar, legumes, most fruit, most dairy, anything not fresh caught or grass fed. Holy moly. This year … [Read more...]

City Girl Goes Country

This city girl is taking leave of such amenities as public transit, city water, and cable internet and she's headed for the hills. After years of inner-city life, I'm off to a village not too far away. There will still be near daily visits to the downtown for work, but home will consist of such previously unheard of elements as an acre and half of land and a 2-car garage. It all lies ahead in the mysterious unknown. Of course … [Read more...]

The Watermelon Dress

Here's a little story about a red dress. It was written for submission to Elle magazine's "The ____ That Changed My Life" contest, the blank being an item of clothing. Everything in this essay really happened; however, I confess that no item of clothing has ever profoundly changed my life. Regardless, please indulge me as I explore one dress that has been with me on a long journey... … [Read more...]

Lose 10 lbs in 365 Days by Smashing the Patriarchy!

Happy New Year! Was 2013 as difficult for you as it was for me? There were no big catastrophes to speak of but, starting from about April on, I began to suspect that I was being haunted by a gently malevolent pleasure-zapping demon. So WELCOME 2014! Please don’t suck. I have made a less boring resolution this year. I’m a big fan of new beginnings, but in the last 2 years my resolutions have been downright … [Read more...]

New Year: Excitingly Fresh?

I’m not sure whether anyone that’s met me would describe me as an optimist. The reason for this is that I, unfortunately, share the disease of my tribe (The Librarians): Spot-the-problemitis. An analytical mind that cannot be turned off, except very rarely and just long enough to enjoy some chick lit, makes for humans that are not only a bit annoying, but also rather glass-half-empty at times. … [Read more...]