When I Lost My Dignity to Cancer, My Hairdresser Helped Me Find It Again.

A million years ago, when I lived in New Jersey, the person who used to tend to all of my hair-related beauty needs was an exotic looking blond woman with impossibly high cheekbones and flawless skin. Her name was Raluca and for the eight years that I lived in a quiet suburb, her capable hands … Continue reading When I Lost My Dignity to Cancer, My Hairdresser Helped Me Find It Again.

A Wedding Gift for My Baby Sister

My baby sister is getting married this September. This is not just a term of endearment; compared to me she’s actually a baby.  I’m a Gen X-er, she’s a Millennial and in between us are two more sisters and a brother, all of whom are married with kids. And now, at long last, she’s found a … Continue reading A Wedding Gift for My Baby Sister

Having Knee Surgery Didn’t Scare Me; Here’s Why

Yesterday I had surgery to repair a torn meniscus, which is a cartilage in the back of the knee. The photo above is me back in my hospital room after the successful procedure, doped up on enough morphine to kill a small horse. I have a very high pain threshold which is both a blessing … Continue reading Having Knee Surgery Didn’t Scare Me; Here’s Why

The Worst Thanksgiving Ever

We never really had any longstanding Thanksgiving traditions when I was growing up. We weren’t that family. I don’t even think we ate turkey. There were no rustic, autumnal colors, no cornucopia on the table. It was just dinner at my grandparents who were post war immigrants from Eastern Europe. The meal would be warm … Continue reading The Worst Thanksgiving Ever

How Parenting is Like Playing Pac-Man

Very few things in life can be predicted with 100% certainty, however in addition to death and taxes, I’d like to add the following to that category: The probability that I will eat cake if it’s within 5 feet of meThe likelihood that I will join the slowest checkout line at the supermarketThe chances of … Continue reading How Parenting is Like Playing Pac-Man