The Horror of a World Without e-Books

I remember it like it happened yesterday.   I was having lunch with a friend about 12 years ago and when I asked her what was new she told me her husband had just bought her a kindle, and she was obsessed with it. “A kindle?” I asked.  “What’s that?” She pulled her little device out of her purse and began…

Solo Adventures in Foreign Lands

My little brother is out of the country for the first time ever this week.  “Be sure to let me know you’re OK,”  I told him about fifty times.   “Text me on Messenger when you finish your first flight, and when you land in the Philippines.  And at least once day while you’re there.” I know, I’m possibly a teeny…

Being a Good Friend Even When It’s Hard

“You may have lots of friends now, but only in tough times will you know who the real ones are.”   — Mouloud Benzadi Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the impact of trauma on friendships.  I’ve written about friendship before , but nothing shows you who your real friends are like a crisis.  I’m not talking about a short-term crisis,…

It’s Nice to Hear Giggling

“Tape the sound of friends laughing together. Save it for a rainy day.”   — Yoko Ono I was hanging out before yoga class last weekend with my friend Betty and, as we often do, we were laughing.  We almost always find something to laugh about when we are together , except this one time we ran out of water with…

Playing Dress Up

“Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.”    —  Kate Spade I’ve never been much of a “girlie girl”.  I don’t remember playing dress up at all as a child.  I’ve never had much interest in make-up or clothes or fashion magazines.  Honestly, if I didn’t have to go to work I’d live in yoga pants and never wear…

The First Sunny Days of the Year

“The promise of spring’s arrival is enough to get anyone through the bitter winter!”                   — Jen Selinsky I had a few errands to run today so I left work a bit early.   As I stepped outside the building for the first time all day, I caught my breath.  It was warm!  And…