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  • 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 ...
  • Phoenix Rising May 21, 2015
    This morning I was particularly eager to get to work. But when I opened the door to my office I could’t help but notice how much it looks like a desert, a mostly empty, barren place filled with dust bunnies ...
  • Already Dreaming of Next Year April 9, 2015
    Vacation is ending tomorrow and we are all five filled with remorse. “I’m never going to get to go to Paradise again!” cries my four-year-old at bedtime, and though he is referring to a wonderful bakery and ice cream shop ...
  • Adventures in Panel Land March 18, 2015
    The invitation to speak at my alma mater’s upcoming literary festival came inexplicably.  In fact, it didn’t seem to make any sense at all. While once upon a time I had been a successful journalist, writing investigative stories and features ...
  • It’s Later Than You Think March 14, 2015
      After years of writing only for my own consumption it’s fun, thrilling even, to once again be back in the game, writing for actual readers. I will do journalism and finish my novel during the day, I tell myself, and ...
  • The Waiting Room February 5, 2015
    Back when my mother had cancer I would go with her to Sloane Kettering’s midtown outpatient facility for her chemo. A handsome blonde doorman in a blue gold-buttoned coat who looked like he belonged at Bergdorf’s would always greet us ...