Blog

  • To the Power of Words: Remembering Congressman Dellums July 31, 2018
    The summer of 1988, back when I was in high school, I was honored, and grateful, to be a page in the U.S. House of Representatives. Of course, I came to Washington expecting to witness rousing speeches and watershed moments, ...
  • Hey Forbes, Why No “Richest Self-Made” Men? July 12, 2018
    Dear Forbes, It is a pleasure, as it always has been these last four years, to read through your latest “America’s Richest Self-Made Women” list — even if, at least in my circles, people were horrified that now not one, but two, Kardashian/ ...
  • That Must Have Been Some House May 5, 2018
    This morning, I was walking to the library, wearing a backpack that weighed about 25 pounds, wearing earphones and talking on the phone to my father who is now, blessedly 89, when I found myself passing by Mike Bloomberg’s double ...
  • How Could You Be the Leader? March 24, 2018
    On our horseback ride through Monument Valley, Utah, our Navajo guide, Jerome, told me that he didn’t talk politics or religion but of course on the trail we talked both. At one point, riding through the landscape that had been ...
  • The Play That Went Wrong March 21, 2018
    We are standing at the gate for our evening flight to Phoenix when my husband stays, “I think we’re on a spring break flight.” Indeed, most of the people around us seem to be high schoolers. But then our own ...
  • A Fire of One’s Own October 10, 2017
    Our 14 year-old is working on climbing all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks that are 4,000 feet in elevation and higher, a noble goal that is known up here as “becoming a 46er,” but what this means, in effect, ...
  • Pura Vida December 27, 2016
    “I want to kill myself,” says Martin, who is front desk, concierge, restaurant cashier and head of housekeeping all rolled into one. We have just arrived in El Calafate, and Martin’s despair, fueled by the simultaneous arrival of too many ...
  • In Patagonia December 20, 2016
    In Patagonia…Although we, unlike Bruce Chatwin, have not hitchhiked to get here – it’s a 22 hour drive from Buenos Aires just to get to the northern part where we are currently so we took a plane – and we ...
  • May the Best Woman Win November 8, 2016
    We voted! Unfortunately it wasn’t one of those teary, dreamy, perfect experiences that I keep reading about today. The basement of the Senior Center where we voted was hot as hell – hence I took off both my suffragette white ...
  • A Magic Trick of Our Own October 9, 2016
    In the clear, gray light of morning, everything looked smoky and beautiful, even the enormous swarm of white bugs outside the dining hall which Dr. Doolittle referred to as angelic, and we decided to take advantage of the real reason ...