Did I ever tell you you’re my hero…

In Julia Cameron’s book, there is an exercise where you are supposed to create a “Hall of Champions”. This is a list of people who wish you and your creativity well, those who do or have championed your creative self worth. I find this exercise a little draining because many of the characters in my…

Brain farts in the night…

Boyfriend: Last night was the third time in a week that I dreamed that the roof was caving in on me. Me: Maybe it’s because you are feeling a lack of control in your life and you feel vulnerable and helpless or you’ve taken on too much and its all falling in on you. Boyfriend:…

Freshly Ground Black People

Dear Auto-Correct-Spell-Check, While I appreciate your help, I do, at times, find your unbridled enthusiasm a little presumptuous. Some of us have names that you don’t recognize. Some of us invent words that you don’t know about yet. Some of us just don’t mean to say what you think we mean to say, AND most…

Marry Me?

I read recently in an advice column, responding to a woman who was wondering why her boyfriend won’t marry her, that she should look in the mirror and ask herself this question: Would you marry yourself? If the answer is yes, she should move on and find the man who feels the same way. If…

I was just wondering…

It occurred to me for the first time just yesterday as I stooped to pet a neighborhood cat, on my way home from a hair appointment. Why do we do that? What compels us to walk up to strange animals and sometimes babies or even small children and pet them? I saw a really cute…

Consequence…as surreal as the outside world to a goldfish…

One of my daughters, who shall remain nameless, in the interest of protecting the “innocent” …and what have you, has been known to have the odd problem at school, here and there, because who hasn’t really, and also, she’s a teenager. I am used to getting calls from principals and teachers, counselors and most recently…

Phallus is as phallus does…

Just when I started to worry that we weren’t a penis obsessed enough, I find out that the Icelandic whaling town of Husavik has a museum featuring over 270 preserved penises from over 90 different species of Mammals, most of them originating on Iceland or in offshore waters but also including 23 in the “folklore”…

Letter to my 15 year old self

Dear Jennifer (aka JEM, JenX, Jennie, Jeff etc…), we need to talk. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately and it has come to my attention that there are things you should know before embarking on the rest of your teen age. 1- You are NOT fat. Eat, drink, be merry and most of all,…

Who is WE exactly???

Her face so sweet and innocent. Her eyes so curious and hungry for knowledge… “We’re not allowed to cremate Jews right?” The room spun upside-down and it was all I could do to keep the nausea from getting the best of me. Should I put her in private school? Lock her in the basement? Call…