Bringing Grandma back

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”  ~Jane Howard It’s not always easy to be a family. For starters, our troubled job market makes it nearly impossible for relatives to live in the same community — […]

Girl groups

There was a definite process by which one made people into friends, and it involved talking to them and listening to them for hours at a time.” – Dame Rebecca West Nothing tops the power of a girl group. Whether you’re swamped with a crisis at work, unruly kids, or too much estrogen, you can […]

A favorite love poem

Then all the moments of the past began to line up behind that moment.” — Billy Collins One of the things I admire most about poet Billy Collins is the way he mines the ordinary for beauty, then renders a moment of art. In “This Much I Do Remember,” he recalls a tender moment that […]

Comforts of home

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”  ~Jane Austen My mother was discharged from the Woodward Hills nursing center on Friday. It’s hard to believe it’s been over a month since she was admitted to the hospital for congestive heart failure. Not surprisingly, she missed her familiar surroundings at home, and was […]

Memoir under attack

“Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.” — Saul Bellow Is it time to stop the flow of memoirs? On Sunday, in “The Problem with Memoirs,” New York Times reviewer Neil Genzlinger made what he called “a possibly futile effort to restore some standards to this absurdly bloated genre.” […]