The cost of good will

It’s always a shock when service businesses do not understand the concept of customer relations. Although it shouldn’t be; we’ve had enough proof of it over the past 20 years. So here’s what happened: We left a big, corporate vet for a smaller, holistic one we got to know when our late Little He was getting canine acupuncture ....more

Things I’m sick of hearing about

Donald Trump Deprive a fire of oxygen and it will be snuffed out. Deprive the the bombastic Donald Trump...more

5 lessons learned from living

It’s my 64th birthday and I have a few thoughts to share about aging. Lessons learned, for sure. Living all these years...more

My famous bruschetta

INGREDIENTS 3 organic heirloom tomatoes, ripe, chopped one-third cup fresh basil, chopped 3 cloves garlic or 3 Trader Joe’s frozen squares of garlic 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 good squirt of extra virgin olive oil Sea salt and pepper to taste Half a fresh baguette, sliced thin ...more

Renovation: prepare the house + yourself

Our renovation went smoothly, and I attribute it first to the luck of choosing a good contractor, one who considered schedule and budget as mandates and not “suggestions.” But there are other “musts,” too. So, in Part 2 of “How to survive a renovation”, I’m talking about the things you need to consider — and do– before you start, in order to have an easier time of it. ...more

Fear, fallacies and phobias

It’s hard to avoid some of the illogical, hysterical or sometimes just plain hateful social media posts about gay marriage. The haters. The hate ....more

Sen-Sen & the taste of nostalgia

I found this squirreled away in a box a few months ago and it brought back so many memories. So very many. ...more

Are the trolls winning?

A friend of mine had an essay about surviving after divorce published on HuffPo yesterday and became the target of many, many troll attacks in the comments and also on Twitter. ...more

Still stylish vintage shoes

Like any fashion, shoe styles come back, something that was evident at a recent vintage couture exhibition at the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco. I blogged about the dresses, HERE, but the beautiful vintage shoes were just as swoonable. I coveted the pair in the image above–I love the pleats and the platform and wish I had a pair ....more

Time, space + an open mind

True since time immemorial.The greatest minds of our existence have been mocked, disparaged, discredited for their discoveries and theories, until they were proven right with time and replication. Some people are just further ahead than others. Overall, though, we humans fear what we do not understand ....more