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Looking Forward to a Sweet New Year

September 20, 2017

To all those who celebrate – l’shana tova! May it be filled with meaning and sweetness.

White lotus and chestnut flavored popsicles by Ray Ray

Upside of Being Single #445

September 19, 2017

This decision is entirely up to you.

Diagram by Instachaaz

Just One

September 18, 2017

At the synagogue to which I belong, there are a lot of couples and young families, probably outnumbering people who are single. This week begins the Jewish High Holidays, and I went to the synagogue’s office to pick up my tickets for the event. A person at the front desk asked me my last name, and said, “are you picking up for just one?” It reminded me of the kind of thing that I hear from the butcher when I order a pork chop. “Just one?” But I let it go. Once the front desk person located my tickets, before handing them over, she said again, “Just one?” This time, I couldn’t stop myself. I had to say “yes, one, but not just.” 

Illustration by Jing Wei

Another Great One Passes

September 15, 2017

Harry Dean Stanton dies at 91. This photo is from the movie, Repo Man, released in 1984. Years ago, I interviewed him for a TV show in San Francisco. Back then, I remember him as being a man of few words. Stanton has had so many iconic performances. Which one stands out for you?

Favorite Food Groups

September 14, 2017

Avocados are widely available year round in California. And though not initially a fan, I’ve grown to love them. They’re a staple of my week. I purchase mine from a vendor at the Farmer’s Market who sells them in several sizes. My preference is to eat them when they’re just barely ripe, lightly tossed in olive oil and sherry wine vinegar. 

Geomecado by Adam Hillman

Most Luxurious and Satisfying Splurge

September 13, 2017

A friend recently bought a high-end BMW. And though he has treated himself well through the years (and has earned it!), I’ve never seen him so happy with any purchase as he is with this car. Sometimes retail therapy does work. This got me to wondering about luxury items I’ve acquired that were really worth it. More than a decade ago, I invested in a handmade Angela Adams rug. At the time, it felt very extravagant, but I still adore it. What’s your most satisfying splurge?

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Edith Windsor, RIP

September 12, 2017

Edith Windsor’s landmark Supreme Court case led to marriage equality in the U.S. Her story is so inspiring, and a reminder of how one determined person can really make a difference.

Setting Down Single Roots

September 11, 2017

I’m a nester. When traveling, I unpack my bags right away and position my book on the night table by the bed so that it feels familiar, as if I’m at home. We didn’t move around much in my family. I spent most of my childhood in one house and it’s always been important for me to create roots, even being single. At the same time, I’m in awe of those who love to be on the road and are so good at it. Where do you fit on the spectrum?

Collecting Words by Brian Fouhy

Thoughts and Prayers for Florida

September 8, 2017

Here’s how to help victims of Hurricane Irma

Hope by Jack Pierson

Late Summer Pleasures

September 7, 2017

I know many of you are fall and winter fans. But I’m all in for summer. The light, the weather (ok, the triple digits weren’t fun), and the produce. Right now, I’m savoring tomatoes every day for as long as they’re ripe. What are your late summer treats?

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