Wisdom for graduates

I always pass along good advice. It is the only thing to do with it, since it is never of any use to oneself.” – Oscar Wilde It’s graduation season. The flowering trees are in bloom, everywhere, and suddenly I’m flooded with sweet memories of my son’s baccalaureate ceremonies at Shrine High School (2004) and […]

Yoga with my mother-in-law

Had you told me six months ago that I’d soon be practicing chair yoga or aerobic dance moves with my mother-in-law, I would have laughed out loud. In recent years, I’ve struggled to find a fitness routine that doesn’t strain my bilateral hip replacements. Everything I tried, from Hatha yoga to zumba, left me feeling sore, […]

Writing a newspaper column

Last week, I posted a column I wrote about my son’s boyhood career as a newspaper carrier. This week, I heard from a fellow newspaper columnist who happened to spot a feature article I wrote for Writer’s Digest on how to snag your own newspaper column. Until my friend contacted me, I wasn’t aware that […]

The family paper trail

Earlier this week, a student in my writing workshop read a wonderful essay about working as a newspaper carrier when he was a boy. It brought back a memory of a column I wrote for The Daily Tribune when my son was in high school. I promised I’d post this after our class discussion on nostalgia […]

Books for your inner child

There’s a bookshelf in my home office that might make you question my sanity, if not my age. It’s crowded with titles like Madeline and the Bad Hat, The Polar Express, Green Eggs and Ham, Eloise Goes to Paris, Little Women, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series. Some are worn […]

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