In Celebration Of Girlfriends

Young Hillary: Be sure to keep in touch C.C…OK? Young C.C.: Well sure…we’re friends, aren’t we? ― From the movie, Beaches, 1988 I spent this past Memorial Day with four girlfriends in celebration of a mutual landmark birthday. We met five years prior for a really big landmark birthday that seemed huge at the time…

The Life Changing Magic Of Thinking About Tidying Up

Who knew you could spark joy in your life by simply cleaning your underwear drawer? Marie Kondo knew, that’s who. Her book, The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up, was a worldwide phenomenon. Published in over 30 countries, with over 4 million copies sold, people everywhere were scrambling to find happiness through organization. Decluttering replaced…

Aaaackk! I’m Older Than The President’s Wife!

  Michelle Obama turned 50 recently. And while everyone was saying, “Oh, isn’t it great, Michelle Obama is 50!” I was looking in the mirror saying, “I’m older than the president’s wife?!?” For the first time in my personal history, the first lady is younger than I am. And that’s not sitting very well with…

We Try Harder!

When I was in tenth grade, I was a cheerleader for one season. I wasn’t a very good cheerleader (thus, the reason that I was only a cheerleader for one season). I think I only got in because I was really good at writing cheers. And I was kind of spunky. But I was also…

On The Eve Of My 55th Birthday

Tomorrow is my 55th birthday. Fifty. Five. I feel as if I’m walking along the edge of two very disparate parts of my life. The younger, vibrant, energetic me. And a me that is starting to slow down a bit and is enjoying short haircuts and sensible shoes. You have these pieces of your life…

On The Fate Of Dorothy Parker’s Ashes

It’s been 50 years since Dorothy Parker‘s death. She died – not from suicide as her poetry would have foreshadowed – but from a heart attack at 76. Though they didn’t know one another at all, she left her entire estate to Martin Luther King, Jr. Sadly, he was assassinated a year after Parker’s death…

The Mother Of All Fathers

For the first 49 years of my life, my dad and I had this sort of relationship: (PHONE RINGS) DAD: Hello. ME: Hi Dad! It’s me! DAD: Hold on, here’s your mother. It wasn’t that we had any animosity toward one another, we just never talked. And if we had to talk, it was normally…

I Know You Love Bernie, But…

I am a liberal. A progressive. A Democrat. I’m the daughter of a blue-collar, tool and die maker who spent the majority of his life working for the auto industry in Detroit. I’m the granddaughter of a man who was on the front lines at the birth of the United Auto Workers union. My blood…

Saying Goodbye To My “Second Mom”

In our lives growing up, if we’re lucky, we have a “second mom.” The mom of our friend who takes us under her wing and makes us one of her own. That second mom to me was my Teta Norma Bogoevich. Or Teta Morna as I called her. Norma’s daughter Melanie was, and will always…

To My Animal Companions On Mother’s Day

  Though I’ve never had my own children, you are my children. Though you didn’t come through me, you came to me. Though you were all grown when you entered my life, you still needed me as a child needs a mother. And I needed you. I fed you, and comforted you when you were…

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Why Love Trumps Terrorism

By: Lisa Goich This morning we opened our eyes to yet another brutal terrorist attack. This time, an airport and a subway station in Brussels were blown to bits by radicals who believe that their actions are mandated by their God and that we—the infidels—need to be eliminated in order for their mission to be…