A good birthday scrub

Yesterday was my birthday.   I was blessed with calls from family, sweet and thoughtful gifts and notes from friends, a lovely dinner out with dear friends followed by an equally lovely dinner out with my husband and our younger daughter…

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The memos I didn't get

I spent much of the past week trapped in a hotel room with a jacuzzi.

I was upgraded to the hotel room with the jacuzzi because a pipe burst above the room in which I was initially housed, so I…

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Re-run of a favorite holiday music video

OK:  it's my favorite of my holiday music videos.   It's also my ONLY holiday music video.   But in the words of my people:  what's not to like?

You can now find all my music videos on this website's new "videos"…

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Airborne Snacks

Air travel is such an odd experience.    Last Sunday I got on a plane in Boston (45 degrees) and got off in Kansas City (15 degrees).   On Tuesday I flew to Tampa (79 degrees); on Friday I returned to Boston…

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Giving thanks, giving blood

My life last week:

Tuesday I braved the insanity that is Whole Foods two days before Thanksgiving.   Wednesday I hosted a latke party for nine, brined the turkey, made the beds for the first wave of houseguests, and cooked the…

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Ringtone #3!

Your next ringtone is ready right now--be the first kid on the block to get it!   Best part:   you'll never have to wonder whether the phone that's ringing is yours.

This file is ready for your iPhone:

You_forgot_ringtone_take_2.m4r

Or you…

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Hell Outta Bat

These are the steps to follow should you find a bat flying around inside your house:

1.   Jump up and down and scream (recommended:  "A bat!  A bat!! A bat!!!)

2.   Calmly and rationally, take a moment to review what…

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El Dia de los Muertos Chez Nous

It is Halloween Night, just hours before Dia de los Muertos, and despite the mountains of candy I purchased this weekend, our doorstep has yet to be graced by a single trick-or-treater.   I think the word is out that truly…

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I Am My Inbox

The NSA, we have recently learned, is collecting all sorts of data about all sorts of things, including email accounts.   Senders, address lists, subject lines -- it's all fair game.  As explained in one Washington Post article, "Taken together…

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A musical love note for my book group

My book group has caused me to burst into song -- proving once again that life really IS exactly like musical comedy, only with way slower reaction times.