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  • Jackie Mason of Japan December 28, 2015
    “Kaiseiki was one of the highlights of my time in Japan,” says my husband, as we make our way through ours, a seasonal twelve course winter dinner. “And now,” he declares, with not at all mock seriousness, “it’s one of ...
  • Lost in Translation December 25, 2015
    The other morning, over breakfast at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, the hotel where Sophia Coppola shot “Lost in Translation” starring Bill Murray as a washed up celebrity, I meet a former celebrity of my own. “Well that’s about as ...
  • Fly Me To Japan December 19, 2015
    More than eight hours remain on this flight to Japan, a fact which seems improbable given that the five of us plus, oh, about five hundred other people, many of them wisely, if eerily, with their faces bedecked in surgical ...
  • Where is She? November 9, 2015
    “Where is she?” I was in the bathroom, having just come home from a late night out downtown with a friend, something I rarely ever do, when I heard my thirteen year old son asking my husband this question, “Where is ...
  • September 11th Revisited September 11, 2015
    It was one of those beautiful New York fall mornings, sunny and breezy but not hot, the kind that makes you feel incredibly fortunate to live here and makes all the crap that you have to put up with to ...
  • Remembering Oliver Sacks August 30, 2015
    For several years in the early 2000s Oliver Sacks worked in 2 Horatio Street, the building in which I lived, while I worked in the building next door, 14 Horatio Street, which was the building in which he lived. We ...
  • Just Joy-less August 25, 2015
    Was it only two weeks ago that I wrote a post about feeling joyful? Day camp for the two younger kids is now over, the oldest broke his wrist within less than twenty four hours of his arrival home from ...
  • Just Joy August 13, 2015
      I hesitate even as I write this, but I think that after twelve plus years of maternal stressful joy — or is it joyful maternal stress? — I have at last come out on the other side: just joy. My ...
  • Birthday/ Death Day July 3, 2015
    My father turned 87 the other day, a happy occasion I felt quite fortunate to be able to celebrate with him, and yet it was also, on that very same day, the 10 year anniversary of my mother’s death. Yes, ...
  • Now About That Book You Wrote About Me and My Mom Friends. . . . . June 2, 2015
    Wednesday– I know we haven’t spoken in quite a while, ever since you fled the Upper East Side for the Upper West Side, or, as you oh so delicately put it, the land of post-menopausal gray hair and the last ten ...