Category: personal

Hello Again, New York

On Thanksgiving Eve, while most New Yorkers eagerly shuttled out of the city, I befittingly found myself glued to my couch in Alphabet City, alone, milking a bottle of wine. Solitary gulps couldn’t replace my family’s embrace but somewhere between the self-pity and nostalgia, I found a silver lining. This week marks my 2nd year…

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Celebratory boozing aside, what’s great about birthdays? Cake, free hugs, and…angst. Birthdays mark the passage of time, which leads to circuitous thinking about the past and future. Typically, I’ve hated this existential element. Something about imagining your life in a crystal ball like a time warp, then looking back at years past to see what…


Experimenting with Isolation

It started with a simple suggestion. When I was teaching in Italy two summers ago, one of my host Dads suggested that I check into a nunnery.  Something told me this wasn’t a compliment.  I didn’t think spending all day with 8-year old Italian children had made me that wild, but who knows. Then he clarified, “I recommend…

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On Failure

Ruin is the road to transformation. Life is chaotic, bringing changes that nobody can anticipate. So, don't take it all too seriously. Like a fish out of water flopping about, you'll find another place to swim.

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For the Love of Lists

Hats off to 2012! Wherever you are, I hope you’re able to reflect on the highs and lows of the year with honesty and humility. Among the many year-in-reviews and recap videos, I found this one particularly gut-wrenching- 2012: What Brought Us Together With 2013 fast approaching, it’s list time. I love these handy things. They’re the…

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End of the World

If the world were to end tomorrow, would you be ready? My take on 12/21/12 is that the Mayans got it wrong and the world will continue to turn on its axis. NASA agrees. However, I’m of New Age mindset.  To me, 12/21/12 marks the end of an old world and the start of a…

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Goodbye, Facebook.

After Wednesday, I will be off the Facebook hook for good. This is landmark. If this was a status, it would say: END OF AN ERA.  After all, this will affect 1,823 “friends” I’ve amassed since senior year of high school! How it will actually play out: A small percentage of friends will notice a…

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Day 29: Coast to Coast

A few hours separate one coast – and one world – from another. This morning, I braved gutsy hurricane-like winds in San Francisco, now I’m warmly tucked in to my Brooklyn nook. Air travel, akin to time travel, will never cease to amaze. So there I sat at 4:30 am PST, my thoughts dripping steadily…

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Day 18: Reunions

Some things never change. My friend Kristin who has been out of the country for 18 months returned to the States this weekend. Before going home to Florida, she made a stop in New York City where she was greeted with big hugs, kisses, and a rousing homecoming from close-knit friends. We ate cupcakes, shopped,…

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