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Brain Food

Of course I love my husband Ron. And I know he loves me. But for thirty eight years, we’ve danced around the kitchen trying to reconcile our different relationships to food. As is always the case, it’s more than just about eating. I imagine Freud and Jung sitting in...

Workin’ It

“Learn at first concentration without effort: Transform work into play; make every yoke that you have accepted easy and every burden that you carry light.”  Anonymous (From Meditations on the Tarot – The Magician) Many years ago, while performing in France, I was...

Going Nowhere

“The world thus appears as a complicated tissue of events, in which connections of different kinds alternate or overlap or combine and thereby determine the texture of the whole.” (Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy, 1963) When you walk through the Northwest Airlines...

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...