An Offer We Couldn’t Refuse

Last year, Linda and I hatched a vague plan to celebrate her birthday in Italy. And then we forgot – until I received this email: Subject: LAX or SFO to Rome: $200-$300 Round Trip I forwarded the email to Linda. Five minutes later, she called. “Is this for real?” she asked. I’d been receiving the…

I Had a Work-Life Crisis (Part 2)

So I decided to stay with the new job. It worked (sort of) well. While I had to make some adjustments, such as punching a time clock or spending an hour commuting, I also realized it would be going backwards to work for the buyer of my company. I sold it not because it wasn’t…

I Had a Work-Life Crisis (Part 1)

Found this old draft from 2014 that never went up. It was interesting for me to read, like therapy. I’ll post an update next: It’s interesting that I felt that last week was overall, a bad week. My husband thought it was a great week. And we were talking about the same events. Back story I had…

Hollywood: Both Sides of the Age Divide

This is the tale of my on- and off-again affair with Hollywood – both the industry, and the city of my birth. This post is made possible with support from AARP’s Disrupt Aging. All opinions are my own. Back in the 1960’s, NBC used to run old feature films on weekends under the title, Saturday Night…

Playdates Are Not Just for Kids Any More

In late middle age, I’ve come to a realization: Playdates are not just for children. From the day my daughter was born, I lived my life according to her needs: Up by 7:00, race to daycare/school, get a few hours of work in or grab a coffee with the other moms, back for pick-up in the…

Bubbles and Sparks on the Fourth of July

Five Ideas, One Menu, 15 Movies and  a Couple of Other Odds and Ends You Can Do (No Kids Required) I wasn’t happy when I realized that the Fourth of July this year falls on a Wednesday. I don’t know about you, but I think the greatest decision of the late 20th century was the…

I’ll Take Manhattan(s): Drinking in Grand Central Station

Manhattan’s Grand Central Station is a city within a city, where busy commuters can take care of all their needs without ever leaving the building: Shops featuring gourmet groceries, wine & spirits, cards & gifts, clothing, accessories — even a tennis club and an Apple Store. And of course, lots of places to grab a…

Beef Stew Sunday

We’re having a heat wave in Los Angeles. So why was my oven working overtime yesterday, slow-cooking beef stew, a dish best enjoyed in cold weather? Because my daughter asked me to. And my niece chimed in. And now that both girls are on their own, I do whatever I can to encourage them to…

Two Drinks at BlogHer

Linda and I are at the annual BlogHer conference for women who blog! And I actually wrote a post about it this morning – over at my original site, SoCal Mom. Read it here.