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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...

August 27, 2020

It’s a beautiful thing to be at the seashore on my birthday. I’ve spent so many birthdays here. And this year is so strange and quiet. A couple of weeks ago I was mourning the loss of the big planned birthday blowout. But now I’m happy that it’s been a small and specia...

August 26, 2020

It’s 11:16pm. In 46 minutes, I will be 50 years old. It’s weird and cool and exciting and UGH and WOW. But the thing that’s on my mind is this: 

I don’t know how to ride a bike. 

Does this count? 

This isn’t some deep, dark secret. It’s actually on my list of go-to fun fa...

August 25, 2020

I haven’t been sleeping well the last few months. Between the pandemic, the sick dog, and the election, I guess I have to make room somewhere for the generalized anxiety that has me reliving the time that one of the nuns hurt my feelings in High School.* 

So, between th...

August 24, 2020

A fellow storyteller posted this great essay about New York City on Facebook this week. It was in response to that d-bag hedge fund guy who proclaimed New York to be “dead” and the swift online backlash of irate city-folk (present company included) who told that guy to...

August 23, 2020

One-inch picture frame: Going the to the seashore

Even in their leanest financial years, my parents always managed to make sure the whole family spent a week or two each summer at the Jersey shore. Dad sang at nightclubs in Wildwood and Sea Isle while Mom wrangled us ki...

August 22, 2020

The great thing about writing these blog essays is the conversations they open up with friends and family. I love the comments but also the texts and (gasp!) phone calls from friends who want to chat about something I’ve written.

One of those was just today. A friend ca...

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