MY RECENT POSTS
- DSK The French Dinosaur
May 19, 2011 02:02PM
- Call Me Gigi
January 18, 2011 08:37AM
- I'll Be Up In A Minute
July 09, 2010 03:16PM
- Of Christmas Past and Presents
December 16, 2009 02:09PM
- The Rebranding of Tiger Woods
December 04, 2009 01:29PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Delicious, Samia! I will
post on Facebook. May the calm
and good spirits
February 11, 2011 11:06AM
- “Thanks for your comment,
Bobbot, and for remembering
January 19, 2011 05:20PM
- “Thank you, Cabin. Funny
how cemeteries, which
thing we all
July 12, 2010 11:37AM
- “p.s. I don't secretly
work for a
July 10, 2010 07:33AM
- “Thanks so much for all
of the kind comments and for
July 10, 2010 06:10AM
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Here we are in spring 2011 and dinosaurs still roam the Earth. For the time being, however, one of them is now behind bars on Riker's Island where he should be able to do no harm to anyone but himself.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn's particular brand of dinosaur resembles… Read full post »
One dilemma faced by many Baby Boomers now becoming grandparents is what these new little people should call us when they're old enough to call us. While parents-to-be pour over names for their imminent offspring, there's little help for those of us on the other end… Read full post »
One of the many things to love about Europe is the cemeteries. Not that I don't appreciate the world of its living -- museums, architecture, cuisine, languages, you name it -- but Europeans do, with their eons of history, have a certain knack, a je ne sais… Read full post »
One of my favorite holiday memories is of skiing the
sparkling, snow-packed slopes of the Santa Fe Ski Basin, just a
20-minute drive up Canyon Road from my low-rent apartment in the
adobe city below.
I traversed those intermediate trails from morning till night on Christmas Day, nearly the onl… Read full post »
I'd already been thinking quite a lot about the trend of personal branding, especially among savvy young artists, singers, writers and athletes trying to distinguish themselves in their highly competitive markets, when Tiger Woods drove his Cadillac SUV over a hydrant and into a tree and bega… Read full post »
For anyone trying to write about Afghanistan, the war in
that ornery, cantankerous and choleric nation is one of the
fastest-moving targets around.
Writing about it, like fighting it, is like playing dodge-ball with a fruit fly. Like shooting minnows in the sea. Like pitting Wile E. Coyote ag… Read full post »
One of the downsides to being a news junkie is the
occasional lack of discrimination, especially when it comes to
reading the local rags, which, as we know, are so hungry for
readers that they will cover just about anything to draw people in
and drive up advertising revenue.
Crime -- the… Read full post »
The Nobel Prize Committee has been handing out awards
like candy this past week -- and that was quite a sugar-coated jaw
breaker for Barack Obama -- but I just don't understand why there
is never a recipient from the fashion world.
That said, it has been quite a year for… Read full post »
The only people who would think it was a good idea to
let three 17-year old suburban high school girls go to Ft.
Lauderdale for spring break would be other 17-year olds.
But somehow our parents -- maybe because they needed a spring break themselves -- drove us to the Greyhound station… Read full post »
When I was a senior in high school, the quote I
used under my yearbook picture paraphrased the great English poet,
"How soon hath time, the subtle thief of youth, stolen on its wing my one and seventeenth year?"
Believe me, I was no wise-before-my-time teenager -- I was a party… Read full post »
Fidgety in school? Shy in crowds? Feeling blue? Tired?
Can't sleep a full eight hours every night? Get a little annoyed
from time to time? Trouble focusing at work?
Just can't exercise or eat right? Don't have time for your period? Prefer one pill a month for bone health rather than… Read full post »
A few days ago, I got it into my head to whip up a batch of Boeuf Bourguignon -- or Boeuf à la Bourguignonne -- the luscious, wine-drenched beef stew first made famous in America by our beloved French Chef Julia Child and most recently by Julie Powell… Read full post »
Though not as popular as June, September is a big month
for weddings. Maybe it's the added bonus of an end-of-summer
celebration, an ushering in of cooler and crisper days, and the
opportunity to feature rich, warm colors at the ceremony and
But two joyous and much-anticipated wedd… Read full post »
After reading Maureen Dowd's column in today's NYT, I've had to rethink my position as stated below. In a better world, we could ignore Wilson's childish behavior, but the truth is, unfortunately, that if we don't effectively fight back, he and his cronies (and their backward thinking) will… Read full post »
Who am I? Who are you? And who the heck -- we would
like to know -- are they?
It's such a lovely day that I thought I would shake it up a bit by pondering one of the great head-scratchers of all time; that is, what really is our human nature?
Far… Read full post »
When the young Teddy Kennedy campaigned for the Senate in front of our suburban Boston home, my whole family ran out to greet him.
For months, my father had been actively campaigning for Kennedy and others on the Democratic ticket, standing out in front of the local dump, weekend… Read full post »
With football season now gearing up, it's hard not to
think of this health care reform debate as the Super Bowl of
So much of our political, economic and social life over the years has been in preparation -- in training -- for this big game.
That's why things have… Read full post »
It's one thing to watch snippets of Health Care Reform
Town Hall meetings on the evening news, but entirely another to
find oneself in an auditorium packed with 850+ people, including a
bunch who are angry, belligerent and even violent.
This particular Town Hall took place last night in Durha… Read full post »
Nothing like a birthday to make us once again come to
terms with time's assault on our looks, physique and, most
importantly, our precious vanity.
Shame on us, in this culture of youth, for letting lines and wrinkles creep onto our face, that part of ourselves we must put forward to… Read full post »
After spending the past six weeks buried under five
seasons and 63 episodes of the astounding HBO series Six Feet
Under, I'm greatly relieved to find myself not only still
alive but maybe a bit wiser and even -- dare I say it? -- a
stronger person for the experience.
Far… Read full post »
(continued from preceding days)
It was only about half an hour later, when Jamie and Jim were sitting in the front seat of his old Ford pickup, on an overlook up in the Sangre de Cristos, gazing west at a crescent moon with Venus and what looked like Mars off… Read full post »
(Continued from previous days)
When Maureen raced out of the ladies' room, she slammed
the door open against the wall, where it stuck.
Jamie stood there in that blue neon light against pea green walls and watched Maureen now yelling at Jim, who was leaning against the bar with a… Read full post »
(Continued from Part II yesterday and Part I the day before.)
The parking lot was jammed with pick-ups -- mostly dusty, dinged and dented. Jamie slipped her Chevy rental into a little space, pushed back her seat and closed her eyes.
Three days ago, she'd been doing advanced asanas in Georgetown,… Read full post »
One thing that makes all hotels in Santa Fe equal is the
proliferation of glossy magazines in each room, stacks of thick
booklets to help guide tourists through the maze of galleries and
restaurants on which the city's lifeblood and lifestyle depend.
On the same Friday afternoon, after their s… Read full post »
Santa Fe is not America. It's not really New Mexico,
It's The City Different in The Land of Enchantment.
At least according to the brochures.
But no wonder so many people, especially women, who visit Santa Fe for the first time end up going home, quitting their jobs, selling their houses… Read full post »