My Nest May be Empty, But My Kid Still Calls Me Mom

Because I Really Do Care

Because I Really Do Care

By on Nov 3, 2014 in Blather, Empty Nest, NaBloPoMo | 0 comments

I love the first couple of days of the month. Not only does it feel like a fresh slate, but there’s the added joy of finding NO NEW BILLS in the mail. But today’s mail included an envelope addressed to “Parents of” from my daughter’s college – with the notation: “FINAL EXAMS INFORMATION ENCLOSED.” Naturally, I opened...

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Marshall McLuhan was Right

By on Nov 2, 2014 in Blather, NaBloPoMo | 0 comments

Does anyone study Marshall McLuhan any more? He was all the rage when I was in high school and college, even making a famous cameo in “Annie Hall.” I never really got him, even though I was first exposed to his work in high school and am pretty sure I had to read him as a media major in college. I vividly remember sitting through a film of “The...

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Re-Entry

Re-Entry

By on Nov 1, 2014 in Blather, Empty Nest, NaBloPoMo | 2 comments

My sister had planned to visit me this weekend, but the weather got in the way. Don’t get me wrong: we’re both really happy to see the state get a little rain — but we’re both smart enough to know that driving on wet roads in this state can be treacherous, especially during the first storm after months and months of hot and dry weather, which...

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Where I’ve Been and Where I’m Going

Where I’ve Been and Where I’m Going

By on Oct 14, 2014 in Blather | 4 comments

It’s been a rough three months. My daughter started college in a city nearly 2,000 miles away and just like that! We have an empty nest. A few weeks after that, I had to submit to something I’ve been trying to avoid for years: a total hysterectomy. I’ve been feeling like a woman torn apart, both figuratively and literally. I started blogging eleven...

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Another Year, Another BlogHer

Another Year, Another BlogHer

By on Jul 29, 2014 in Blather, Original Blogsta | 9 comments

On Friday night at BlogHer, I found myself in deep conversation with a woman who was in the process of reinventing herself after sending the last child off to college. You know, much like I’m trying to do. She told me she had just sold her business, which consisted of a couple of hobby and crafts stores in the San Diego area. “You look so...

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BlogHer, Empty Nests, Uteri and Heart

BlogHer, Empty Nests, Uteri and Heart

By on Jul 24, 2014 in Blather | 0 comments

Once again, I am at the annual BlogHer conference. I got here the old-fashioned way: I drove the 318 miles from my home to the San Jose Convention Center in a little over 5 hours (which isn’t bad, considering how many pee breaks I need to take these days). I was lucky that I did not have to make the drive alone: I had a friend along for company, and for...

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The Day Before My Birthday

The Day Before My Birthday

By on May 23, 2014 in Baby You Can Drive My Car, Blather | 1 comment

I celebrated my birthday this week. I suppose “celebrate” is too strong a word. At my advanced age (58!! OMG!), all I could muster was an acknowledgement that another year had passed all too quickly (impossible to ignore, thanks to Facebook and dozens of birthday greetings from friends and acquaintances, which I have to admit: I do enjoy). I went out to...

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April Was the Cruelest Month

April Was the Cruelest Month

By on May 8, 2014 in Blather | 2 comments

It’s bad enough that the Ides of April coincides with Tax Day – but this year, we had the extra expense of a large auto repair bill (thanks, Volvo)… and some last-minute travel. Megan got in to seven out of the ten colleges and universities she applied to. That was the good news. The bad news is that the three campuses that rejected her were all in...

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Comedy is Hard

Comedy is Hard

By on Apr 2, 2014 in Agents of Zeitgeist, Television | 2 comments

The #CancelColbert controversy over the weekend has gotten me thinking about the perils of being a comedy professional — which I am not. However, some thirty years ago I was an aspiring sitcom writer and was working behind the scenes in comedy television, and totally agree that Comedy is HARD. So is navigating the many avenues of race and ethnicity in 21st...

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The Re-Balancing Act

The Re-Balancing Act

By on Mar 26, 2014 in Blather | 0 comments

I have always written. I have an autograph book from childhood. Fifty years ago, my second-grade teacher wrote that she looked forward to seeing my plays on Broadway some day. I did not become a playwright, but longtime friends know that in a previous life, I was an aspiring sitcom writer. Back then, I worked as a production assistant.  TV production, in the words...

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