Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other is gold. We sang that song in elementary school girl scouts while holding hands in a circle. Then we’d pass around a squeeze to let our neighbors know we cared. Coincidentally, two of the girls from that circle have remained two of my very best friends. They... Read more

Some Lessons Learned

From Mom:1. Never go to bed angry.2. Don’t wear sandals on an airplane.3. Carry your money in a small sash under your sweater when traveling in foreign places.4. Calculate how much you’re saving rather than how much you’re spending.5. Hardwood floors are cozier than carpet.6. Hot cocoa tastes better with warm milk.7. How to wrap gifts with bows and ribbons.8.... Read more

Sweet Summertime

Sitting on the back deck on a warm summer evening, candles burning around the table and mini lightbulbs glowing around the doorway. Corona in hand, bare knees tucked tightly to my chest, shorts and a t-shirt covering my bathing suit (worn during my lazy afternoon spent floating in the pool), damp hair swept into a ponytail. Across the table from... Read more

I Want You to Want to Do the Dishes

Best line of The Breakup, and so true. It’s not about the actual act of helping, it’s about the desire to help. In Vince Vaughn’s case, it’s not about putting down the video game controller, getting off of the couch, and helping Jennifer Aniston clean up after the dinner party. No, it’s about her not having to ask for his... Read more

Draino Woes

Occasionally I long for a handy man. Someone to do the tough stuff like changing the light bulb of my hard-to-reach hall fixture or dragging my queen-sized bed across the room to vacuum the carpet. Yesterday I could have used some muscles to open the draino. After 15 minutes of grunting and sweating and a raw right palm, I gave... Read more

Happiest Feet

Never have I ever seen a pair of feet move like those of Savion Glover. What an incredible performance on Thursday night! He danced to the classics of Bach, Vivaldi, and other noteworthy composers, perfectly performed by a nine-piece string orchestra with occasional accompanient by a pianist, a horn player, and a drummer (a.k.a. Chocolate). Savion glided across the raised... Read more

Why Now?

I’m a writer and a photographer and a web developer. Blogger just seems like an obvious addition to my resume. I’ve fought the urge for some time, but I’m ready to join the masses. So I haven’t quite reached the ominous quarter-century mark, but 07/07/07 is just 148 days away. Most of my friends have already passed the milestone. What’s... Read more