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I’m So Rich

I look around my home office and realize that almost everything was given to me. Galen gave me the glow in the dark rosary blessed by the Pope. Yael gave me the “hamsa” that hangs over the door, a Middle Eastern guard against the evil eye. The framed photograph of...

Brush Up Your Shakespeare

“To pay or not to pay, that is the question.” I was sure Shakespeare had created Hamlet. The dark Dane, the brooding Prince of existential angst seems quintessential Bard. Hamlet is the most translated, quoted and performed play in the history of the world. It’s...

Food, Glorious Food

The other day I was talking to a friend about the latest trend in healthy eating. “None of it makes sense anymore,” she sighed. “My mother is 95, eats two eggs for breakfast every day and loves chocolate. How did she know they would end up on the good list?” Dan...

Take It To the Bank

I was going to write an erudite treatise on the imminent implosion of reality.  But with the world in turmoil over money, reality suddenly seemed trivial.  Our pundits, politicians and populace have overcomplicated and “overmediaed” a simple situation: we have an...

Baby Steps

The other day, a friend confessed he was struggling with a book he’s writing. “I have all the ideas, but I can’t seem to get it down on paper,” he complained. “What’s it about?” I was excited. This man is a funny, talented teacher. He’s had lots of great ideas in the...

Abracadabra

I recently met a woman who was enduring a job she hated in order to maintain her health insurance.  “I don’t know what to do,” she sighed.  “This job has killed my soul.” “Oh my God!” I exclaimed. “Don’t say that!” I wanted to tell her to quit her job.  That life is...

What is Your Wish?

When you wish upon a star Makes no difference who you are Anything your heart desires Will come to you Jiminy Cricket Be careful what you wish for My Mother Ask the most rational, prosaic person you know, and odds are, even he or she at one point or another has looked...

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

      “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’….Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Gospel of...

Wherever You Go There You Are

I recently traveled to Vancouver with my sister Liz.  As I was walking through Minneapolis St. Paul airport, I passed my old high school classmate, Mary.  Except it wasn’t really Mary.  After all, this young woman was about 18 years old, and Mary, well, Mary had...

I Give and I Give and I Give

My husband Ron always complains about the English language.  He was born in New Jersey, so maybe that complicated his relationship to language in general, since New Jersey’s favorite choices of adjectives in most conversations are not supposed to be part of polite...