Essays, opinions and rants

2017

Magical Mystery Tour

Magical Mystery Tour

Social media, for all its pitfalls and unintended consequences, does have positive aspects, and armchair travel is one. But filtered, enhanced, excessively hash-tagged glamour shots from one-percenter locales make me squirm. They bring back memories. When I was growing up in California, our neighbors flew to […]

Head for the Clearing

Head for the Clearing

What is meditating? Seems like an elusive thing, though one growing in popularity. Meditation references are everywhere, along with studies about its benefits reported almost daily. Presumably there’s also actual meditating occurring. Like yoga, which I’m getting the hang of even more slowly than skiing (and that […]

Spasiba!

Spasiba!

It’s absurd, standing at the grocery store checkout and repeatedly thanking the cashier for cashiering, only to have him or her either a) ignore me and continue conversing with fellow employees, b) grumpily grunt “uh huh” in return, or c) gaze at me mutely with […]

THINGS THAT NEED DOING

THINGS THAT NEED DOING

This week’s onset of kids’ summer vacation (onslaught is more accurate) does not remind me of the summers of my generation, which were 12 weeks of completely unscheduled time. Summer looked like nothingness back then, in a good way. We spent 12 hours a day […]

Good Evening

Good Evening

One of my top 20 regrets in life (possibly even top 10, but more likely around #15 or so if I went through the process of considering and ranking regrets, which is too unappetizing to ever happen) is that in my mid 20s, in a […]

Mantras ‘R’ Us

Mantras ‘R’ Us

While progressing only a half-mile in 30 minutes in downtown Boston the other day, I thought about a recent Wall Street Journal article on mantras. The article, by Elizabeth Bernstein, said research shows “thinking of a word or phrase that affirms our values—and repeating it over […]

Good Times, Bad Times

Good Times, Bad Times

An inauspicious anniversary recently passed; it’s been one full year since I signed a contract with a literary agent to represent my novel. The day marked twelve months of suspense, frustration, and heartbreak at rejection emails worded with such tact and positivity that it sounded […]

Mission: Improbable

Mission: Improbable

New Orleans, LA-The man had not been passed out in front of our door for long; the ice in his full cocktail looked quite fresh. Fortunately he wasn’t blocking the door, just snoozing half inside his open car, which was parked just across the sidewalk. […]

Let it Be

Let it Be

Cohasset virtually never makes it into the Boston Globe, so when we do show up and it’s for something crappy, it feels like a double insult. Last Sunday the Metro section contained a brief story on a local swimsuit designer who angered the internet by […]

Flying Her Bargain Flag

Flying Her Bargain Flag

(Note: Published with Anna’s permission and preview) Our eldest made it all the way to fifth grade before she noticed the social hierarchy that had sprung up on the playground, anointing some kids more desirable to hang with than others. She may well have been […]