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You Can Count On Me

February 10, 2017

When I had a nasty cold last week, 3 friends offered to come over to my place and bring food. I was so touched. Luckily this wasn’t a bad virus, and I managed on my own. But I think one of our greatest fears about being single is getting sick, alone. So it’s wonderful to know people have my back. And the best nurse of all was my trusty dog, Rose.

Key Dog Ceramic by Eleonor Boström

How’s the Weather?

February 9, 2017

As my brother in Boston watched a white out from his window, we had a rain free day in L.A. Rose and I enjoyed the mild temps. How is it where you live?

Photo by Anne Kinnunen

Fast Food Go-To

February 8, 2017

For the most part, I’m a slow-food girl. I like braises, gumbos, stews and chili. The longer something cooks, the better. And my freezer is a testament to that, stocked with small storage containers from big pots of things that have leisurely simmered on my stove. But every week, I grab a quick bite from the neighborhood that someone else has cooked. My favorite is a Lebanese rotisserie chicken place nearby. Do you have a fast food go-to?

Photo by Emmanuel Monzon

Daily Gratitude

February 7, 2017

In these fraught political times, I’m trying to visualize a daily gratitude. Here’s a good one from Robert Montgomery.

What’s Your Favorite New Purchase?

February 6, 2017

Two weeks ago, I bought a new phone. My old one was on its last legs. It was slow and the battery wouldn’t hold a charge. I’d been lusting after a new phone for a whole year. I was surprised that at first, the purchase wasn’t as thrilling as I’d expected. It took me awhile to appreciate it. And now, I’m in love. What’s your new favorite thing?

Shopping by Ben Wiseman

End of Week Zen

February 3, 2017

Every step is a way through. Animated and drawn by Jason Wong

Rummaging Through the Fridge

February 2, 2017

I have a nasty cold. Usually at the first sign of sniffles, I make a big pot of chicken soup, but this struck too fast for me to get provisions. So I combed the shelves of my fridge to see what I could conjure up. Luckily, I had a bit of home made chicken stock in the freezer, and to that I added canned stock that I’d stowed in the pantry. Ordinarily, I’m fussy about my ingredients, but not today. I threw in some limp celery, and a half of a red onion (that had both seen better days). I also had a bunch of string beans, one potato, and a frozen boneless chicken breast (that I cook up for my dog). I simmered these ragtag leftovers, and I have to say, it’s pretty good. 

Photo from Things Organized Neatly

Does Valentines Day Bother You?

February 1, 2017

It’s hard for me to remember a time when I got upset about not having a date for Valentines. Do you think the holiday used to hold more sway with the general public, or is it just me that no longer cares? 

Valentines Cards for Single People by Mr. Bingo

Solo Traveling

January 31, 2017

 

Gif by Rebecca Mock

Hold On Tight

January 30, 2017

Yesterday afternoon, I went to the Los Angeles airport with friends from my synagogue to protest the Muslim Ban. We wanted to show our Jewish support. We were there for hours, chanting with the thousands who had gathered. I walked away with hope that we, the people, would keep our democracy on track. Tonight, with all the chaos created by the White House, I’m scared. How are you coping?