Eight Months Pregnant in Miami-- Still Smiling

In the continuing saga of her (first) pregnancy, daughter Eleni still has a firm grip on her sense of humor (and irony) as she  writes occasional updates about the gestational process on her blog "The Liminal Stage."...more

A House in a Greek Village

(To see the many photographs that accompany this text, please click on my blog: "A Rolling Crone" http://arollingcrone.blogspot.com/ On Saturday, my husband, Nicholas Gage, and I returned, as we do every summer, to his small Greek village of Lia near the top of a mountain in Epiros, Greece, just a kilometer below the border with Albania. As the sun began to set, we joined the villagers sitting at tables in the courtyard outside the inn under the plane trees. Soon some visitors to the region came over, one by one, to introduce themselves. ...more

Kids’ Gender Stereotypes —Let’s All Relax

  (To see the photos that go with this text please click on my blog:    http://arollingcrone.blogspot.com/     Back in the seventies, when I was giving birth to my three children, we young Manhattan mothers were determined that we would not impose gender stereotypes on our kids. ...more

Which Travel Photos Should I Submit?

(To see the photos I'm writing about, please click on my blog "A Rolling Crone.") http://www.arollingcrone.blogspot.com/ I was looking through the new (August) issue of Smithsonian Magazine when I saw the winners of their 8th annual photo contest. The Grand Prize winner, by Prakash Hatvalne, showed two dancers in Bhopal, India preparing for their performance. If you want to see the fifty finalists that the judges chose out of 52,000 entries, click here. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/Dazzling-Displays-8th-Annual-... ...more

Where do our phobias come from?

I’m proud of myself because today I survived my first MRI scan despite my claustrophobia. I had requested and been promised a scan in one of the “open” machines, but it turned out that, because the scan was of my left shoulder, my head and upper body were inside the lighted tube and only my lower body was in the open. ...more

Photo Tribute to a Dad and two Grandpa’s

(To see the photos that go with this text please click on my blog "A Rolling Crone") http://arollingcrone.blogspot.com/ When our three children were born in the 1970’s, my husband Nick was not the kind of dad who'd change diapers, take a kid to the park or coach them in sports. But, as these photos suggest, he was always an important presence in their lives, ready to offer support, advice and unconditional love when they needed it. ...more

A Crone Considers Modern Childbirth

About a month ago I wrote in “Pregnancy – It Ain’t What it Used to Be” about all the new wrinkles there are to the processes of pregnancy and childbirth since I gave birth (by Caesarian) to three children back in the seventies. Since Christmas Eve, when daughter Eleni and her husband Emilio broke the news that we were to become grandparents (at last!) I’ve been having a lot more fun following her pregnancy than I did with my own and I’ve learned a lot at the same time. ...more

Degrees of Infidelity – Which is Worse?

(To see the photo of the cheaters' gallery see my blog: http://arollingcrone.blogspot.com/) I wrote this two days ago before Anthony Weiner confessed to his internet escapades, so have added a footnote about his now widely discussed degree of evil at the end of this post. The other evening over dinner, while talking with my husband and a woman friend, after pondering such gentlemen as Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Edwards and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, I posed the (totally theoretical, you understand) question: What is the worst kind of cheating husband? ...more

Our Secret Garden

If you would like to see the photos that go with this text please click on my blog post at http://arollingcrone.blogspot.com/ Ever since the tornados several days ago and the arrival of house guests, I've been neglecting this blog. (Our electricity was out this morning, but now it's back. Luckily the worst of the destruction stopped 20 miles away.) ...more

A Heartbreaking Civil War Diary

(To see the photos that go with this text please view my blog "A Rolling Crone" at http://arollingcrone.blogspot.com Because it was Memorial Day weekend, I went yesterday to the Grafton Historical Society’s rooms in the former Town Hall on the Grafton Common in our little Massachusetts town to see a Civil War display that they’ve recently posted there. It summarized the names, ages and occupations of the 65 young men from Grafton who died in that war. ...more