My Life is a Joke

Yup. My life is a joke. Not just any joke. A very particular joke that my stepfather, Larry, used to tell. He was a child psychologist and I’ll use his official terminology – perfected in child-psychology seminars, no doubt. So here’s the joke: A team of child... read more



Chappy Chanuka

This is an archive post ~ originally published Dec. 23, 2011  When I was 12 and living in North Carolina, I wanted to send my grandparents a Hannukah card. I’d never celebrated the holiday, since only half my family was Jewish and that half – my mother... read more


Still Life with Flu

I call these photos “Still Life with Flu” – the little stories in the arrangement of bowls and cups and half-eaten toast that I discover when I walk back into a room. I’ve spent the last 9 days mostly flat on my back, epic coughing jags, mostly... read more

The PieCrust of a Closed Question

The piecrust lodged in my emotional throat when I was 8 and it’s been there ever since. I was 8 and I was visiting the home of my sworn enemy.  I can’t remember her name.  I didn’t even remember she was my enemy until some relative – I can’t remember who –... read more

Happy Little Monster

Don’t do more … hide less. This is what my pirate buddy Karen Montanaro reminds me all the time, though I always forget who she’s quoting, and then she reminds me its Jerzy Growtoski.  (“How will I ever remember this?” I asked her... read more

I Stand up for You

I stand up for you you who did not find the partner who supports you and i mean your spirit, your heartbroken longing to sing out loud in your own voice I stand up for you you, whose tiny glories pale as you see other glories gloried you, who could never say “I... read more

Spiritual Farting in Public

I belong to a secret facebook group with two friends from a former success mastermind. We 3 failed out of it. This secret group is the only place I can come and vent and bitch and whine and not feel the shame of spiritually farting in public.  In this secret place we... read more

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