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September 22, 2020

I’m back in Brooklyn after a month at the Jersey Shore where I slowly became the alternate universe version of myself. The one who gets a tan and wears a shark bracelet. The one who considers fudge an acceptable breakfast option. The one who has a car. 

Gratuitous beach...

September 12, 2020

Like many of us who were in NYC on that fateful day 19 years ago, I can't stand to see the photos, videos, and memes of the smoke, the ash, the loss. Hopeful posts remind me:


No problem. I don't need any reminders, however well-intentioned they are. I saw it...

September 11, 2020

Today was one of those rainy, sleepy September days at the shore. The island is pretty quiet, just the occasional sounds of cars skimming over the partially flooded streets. For some godawful reason, I decided to redo my personal budget. Cue horrible, gripping dread an...

September 9, 2020

If you read my last post, you’ll know that my 16-year old dog, Delilah, broke her front leg and is in a cast. I went through a real guilt phase over it, like I BROKE THE DOG. But, Her resilience is impressive. She’s doing OK  — in some ways better than I am. 


September 5, 2020

Cape May, 2020. Hey, there's a lighthouse here! I've only been coming down the shore for 50 years, how would I know that?

I’ve really been enjoying this time down the shore. Having full days stretching out in front of me with few, if any, appointments and even fewer exp...

September 1, 2020

I number my posts because, in 2019, I vowed that I would write 100 essays over the course of the year. I figured that would be an easy goal to meet: 2 per week! How hard could that be?* 

I made it to 30.

That failure dwarfed every other thing I accomplished last year. It...

August 31, 2020

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time indoors. I was bookish, despised sports, and prone to vicious sunburns so you wouldn’t find me running, jumping, or climbing trees. I wasn’t shy, not at all, but I was much more interested in reading books or watching TV shows ab...

August 30, 2020

Is anyone listening to Mike Birbiglia’s new podcast, Working It Out?  On each episode, he speaks with a comedian and gets them to share work-in-progress jokes and respond to off -the-cuff prompts. While I was listening today, I was struck by one of the prompts. It stru...

August 29, 2020

The other night my sister, Kim, shared a memory. We were kids- she was probably 14 and I was 10. It was a Saturday night in the summer and we were down the shore. Our parents were, as usual, working at the bar up at home so the older kids were babysitting us. But techn...

August 28, 2020

My first birthday. There's a lot to unpack in this photo so you may want to download it. I mean, so many clowns, right? 

I slept like a log last night. It must have been the combination of the birthday love and champagne. Today, I’m basking in the afterglow — making no...

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