Secret Starbucks Drink Menu of a Marriage

29 Mar

Recipes for happiness.     Liquid Meet-Cute – 4 shots of espresso over ice in a grande cup – 4 pumps of white chocolate syrup – Add one woman, fragile with fear and grief, and send her up in a plane – Combine with one tender-hearted skydiving instructor who offers to skip the skydive and ride […]

We are a family

4 Mar

We are a family

“When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.” — Dian Fossey, Gorillas in the Mist Dear Everest, Once, on drizzly Rwandan morning when the Virungas were swathed with mist as fine as cotton candy, I hiked into the mountains to follow a family of […]

Fifty Shades of Meh

14 Feb

Fifty Shades of Meh

Well, I saw the first screening of “Fifty Shades of Grey” this morning. Nothing like a little BDSM to dominate the breakfast hour!   This is the big-screen adaptation of the best-selling E.L. James novel, the story of young college student Anastasia who falls for kinky billionaire Christian Grey. What I liked:  • The soundtrack […]

2014: The year I was gutted

31 Dec

2014: The year I was gutted

  My 2014 can be summed up with one fact: It took five months for my c-section incision to heal, a wound that should have closed in less than 6 weeks. I’m not saying this to inspire sympathy or to have a conversation about childbirth in America. Just know that when I say I spent […]

2014: Favorite Reads

30 Dec

2014: Favorite Reads

Yesterday I bemoaned the fact that there are too many “best-of” year-end lists. Then I went ahead and gave you my top songs of the year. Now one day later, here I am with another list. Forgive me, okay? Because this is a list of books, and books are good.   The Empathy Exams • Leslie Jamison […]