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Extreme Makeover

2020-01-16T04:39:35+00:00December 29th, 2019|

It’s almost New Year’s Resolution time, and in that vein, I know a lot of you will be planning a personality makeover.  2019 has shown that things weren’t ideal, right?  So here goes:

Holiday Art Imitates Life

2020-01-16T04:37:27+00:00December 15th, 2019|

Ah, that crisp snap in the air.  The changing of the seasons (in other cities, not where my home in LA is of course) can only mean one thing:  the holidays are upon us.  And while others may look forward to those special times

Holiday Letter to Those Who Call Me Arrogant

2020-01-16T04:35:28+00:00December 1st, 2019|

Well, here it is, holiday season again, and I’m so, so remiss in getting out those cards. It’s hardly December and I’ve already received cards in 4 digit numbers (just an estimate), and I haven’t begun to put

Teachers Aid

2020-01-16T04:33:14+00:00November 17th, 2019|

Some teachers enter our lives for just a moment; others create bonds for years.  The best, though, leave marks forever.  When I was a high school senior, my biology teacher introduced me to genealogical research with an assignment

The Truth Doesn’t Hurt

2020-01-16T04:31:20+00:00November 3rd, 2019|

When I was little, I used to go next door to my friend Christine’s house first thing in the mornings, on weekends, to ask her to play. Her mom was always pulling fresh orange-icing rolls out of the oven right as I showed up

Break-Ups are the Rule

2020-01-16T04:29:01+00:00October 20th, 2019|

The companionship business is known for inevitable break-ups. To honor the spirit and bonds formed by cupid’s arrows in my world, I think it’s important to explore the idea of what happens when things fall apart. We almost always

A Soft Spot For Him and Myself

2020-01-16T04:25:41+00:00October 6th, 2019|

When I was growing up I longed for my father to be like my best friend’s dad, who was warm and affectionate and grilled outdoors (this somehow made him seem more sophisticated—go figure). While i never doubted


2020-01-16T04:23:09+00:00September 22nd, 2019|

When I got to grad school in 2001, I started downloading music from Napster. My friends at the campus radio station got me interested in obscure 70s rock and in 3 years of downloading, I drove

Wandering Eyes

2020-01-16T04:20:38+00:00September 8th, 2019|

Do you freak out if your significant other glances at another person?  Do you get upset?  What if it’s more than a glance; what if it’s a lingering stare?  Or what if they “accidentally” bump into someone

Top of the Heap

2020-01-16T04:17:34+00:00August 25th, 2019|

How do high IQ people cope with normal people?  I’ve become considerably curious about this, because I’ve dealt with the adversities of having high intelligence