I like walls. Not the kind that prompted a government shutdown, but walls that hold up your roof and define rooms. I like them because they offer privacy and quiet, and because they provide space to hang fancy artwork and...
Sesame Street has turned 50, and if that doesn’t make you feel old, I’m not sure what will. I’m of the Big Bird era, but I’ve watched my share of episodes over the years courtesy of...
No doubt you have talked or thought about what you might do if you had a million dollars. Actually, one of the first pieces I ever wrote for this newspaper was about how a million dollars, which it sounds like...
“What do you keep in here? It weighs 20 pounds.” This is my son’s remark, as I instruct him to grab some lunch money from my purse. “Everything we need.” I retort, having answered this question...
Grandma and grandpa used to have this huge, brown, floor-model stereo. It was right smack in the middle of their living room, and next to it, right under the bin of Nana Mouskouri 8-track tapes, sat a small vinyl...
Is it safe anywhere anymore? That’s the question we keep asking ourselves and each other. No place seems to be safe from homicidal craziness, and the massacre in Las Vegas has only helped to worsen people’s growing unease. Over the past...
Many, many things in education have changed, but one ritual that has remained the same, one that still elicits excitement among most kids and even some parents, is school supplies shopping. It’s lost its charm a bit over the years...
It was bound to happen. It was only a matter of time before somewhere, sometime, somehow, the universal disease of self-aggrandizement combined with our unnerving penchant for voyeurism to produce tragedy. I read a lot of terrible things on-line, but...
Last summer my friend from a few houses down showed up at my door, wearing a slightly-bashful grin and something I thought I would never see, at least not on him. “Do you have nail polish remover?”...
Like many people I know, I spend most of my work hours sitting in an office chair that I leave only for bathroom breaks or when I remind myself to move. After decades of peering into a computer screen...


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