Two Drinks Away

"Life is a banquet, and most poor bastards are starving to death."

(with apologies to Auntie Mame.)

I Hate My Hair

I Hate My Hair

I used to have a little trick for lifting my spirits. No matter how I was feeling - whether I was going through a break-up, or a bad patch at work, or depressed over my losing battle with my weight - I knew that I could check in with a hairdresser, experience a little...

Requiem for a Coffee Maker

Requiem for a Coffee Maker

I am useless until I've had my first cup of coffee. I'm sleepy. I'm slow. I cannot focus. I start to do something and then drift off to do something else. I simply do not function until I've used my coffee maker, and I tell people that all the time. My family thinks...

The Tale of the Ugly Bathroom

The Tale of the Ugly Bathroom

Timing is everything, and the year our daughter was born, the Los Angeles real estate market was in a slump. It was the first time in my adult life that home prices had actually gone DOWN... ...and we took advantage of that by purchasing a bank-owned home whose...

The Three Margaritas

The Three Margaritas

Is there a better summer cocktail than a classic margarita? The combination of citrus, ice, and tequila is super refreshing on hot summer days (and nights). Our usual July 4 routine is to stick with chilled sparkling wine... but then my daughter's boyfriend showed up...

An Offer We Couldn’t Refuse

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...

Playdates Are Not Just for Kids Any More

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,...

Bubbles and Sparks on the Fourth of July

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...

Beef Stew Sunday

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...

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