coloring outside the lines

write handed

For anyone who thinks that being a writer is glamorous, I have two words for you: as if. Being a writer is a lot of things — challenging, all-encompassing, sleep-reducing, stress-inducing, and, if you’re very, very lucky, satisfying and well-received — but glamorous is not one of them. On the days when the words just […]

a revisit from st. nick

In the spirit of holiday classics, today I’ve decided to revisit one of my very own — a blog post from a few years ago that I think is particularly necessary right now. ¬†For all those times you just want to tell the world to go fa-la-la itself, here are a few movie remakes wrapped […]

beyond 34th street

Anyone with a sentimental bone in his or her body has seen Miracle on 34th Street, the charming, heart-warming film that reminds us that believing is seeing, that Santa really does exist, and that miracles happen. Starring an adorable, little-girl Natalie Wood, the 1947 film is as much a holiday tradition as It’s a Wonderful […]

meet cute

Good news, bad news. The bad news is that stress rules these days. Stress over the the state of the world, the state of politics, and the state of who exactly is steering the ship and where are we going? It’s tough to meet each day feeling positive when so much negativity bombards us on […]

cereal monogamy

While in reality I’m a one-guy-for-the-rest-of-my-life kind of girl, in the kitchen I am a cereal monogamist. That’s right, I’ve had relationships with numerous breakfast cereals (only one at a time) for years, now, and I just can’t seem to settle down with The One. To wit: Froot Loops. Just the name is enough to […]

positive charge

“Cash or credit?” That’s the question these days. Years ago it was, “Cash or charge?” ¬†Somewhere along the line, “charge” changed — became “recharged,” if you will. And that’s exactly where I found myself this week — needing to recharge my laptop with a charger that had just died and had to be replaced. Stat. […]

getting fresh

Throw a dart out there and you’ll find a gazillion marriage experts and a gazillion-plus articles and self-tests about the secrets to a happy marriage and how yours measures up. After two decades of marriage, I only claim to be an expert on B.’s and mine, but I do have some tips to share about […]