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 Away: The Lifestyle App

Kim Kardashian West was one of the BlogHer 2016 keynote speakers this weekend, much to the chagrin of some old-time attendees who did not see how her brand of celebrity related to what we do as bloggers. Those folks were wrong. That was apparent when I tried to get into  the ballroom for her session….

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.

A Good Day’s Work May Never End

I kind of hope I’ll always work. Let me clarify. I hope I’ll always want to work and be healthy to work as long as I want. The idea of working forever, or at least a long time, has always appealed to me and makes a lot of sense. Of course, it’s always nicer if…

Days 1 and 2

I won’t bore myself researching how many thousands, or millions, of people have diabetes, are overweight, have stress and anxiety, and other unhealthy diseases or conditions that are often avoidable by healthy living. I am becoming one of them. It seems that while we have written so many words about healthy living and viewed hours…