RIP Sports Writing Legend Oscar Madison

Beloved actor Jack Klugman, best known for his characterization of craggy, cigar-chomping sports writer Oscar Madison in the sitcom "The Odd Couple," passed away Christmas Eve at the age of 90. His death was sad news for many in the world of sports writing....more

Full in Cancer, Bright in Leo: Weekend Moon

The Full Moon in the nurturing, sensitive Water sign of Cancer, on Friday December 28th, intensifies and highlights its natural traits: taking care of people, feelings and emotions being close to the surface, having your moods run you. Don’t forget to take care of yourself and your stuff. Just as a “New” Moon is best for beginning projects- starting something new, implementation of ideas – the “Full” phase (Moon opposes the Sun in the sky, as it “wanes” on its way to the 3rd and 4th quarters) is optimum for the finalization of jobs pending, deals to be done. Clearing as much as possible off your plate before 2013 arrives can only be a good thing, right? Might alleviate any perceived pressures....more

It's Not a Mayan Apocalypse Unless Neil deGrasse Tyson Says So

So, it's been bruited about for years that the world will end on 12-21-2012 according to the Mayan calendar, and even though all the media and all the science is saying "Nuh-uh," and even though experts on Mayan culture are going, "Dude, it isn't so, that calendar goes up to th ...more
Hey there, Julie! We're still here in Washington, D.C. Better go clean my room...that is the ...more

Weekend Moon in Sensual Taurus – Good Times!

After the fierce, feisty Aries Moon on Friday December 21, 2012, we calm down when the Lunar orb moves into earthy, solid, Venus ruled Taurus for Saturday and Sunday. It’s about sensuality, life’s beauty and pleasures, but since the second sign of the Zodiac is a “fixed” sign, it also brings forth the obstinate bull in us.  ...more

Why Do Stories Matter?

This is part of a December series on stories celebrating the coming launch of my new lit zine wordhaus. Read part 1 and part 2, and check out wordhaus.I pretty much spend my whole life in stories. ...more

Are You Using Santa As a Threat?

(Photo credit: George Eastman House)Christmas is such a magical time of year for children young and old alike. But the most magical piece for little ones is Santa. So why do adults insist on using him as a threatening figure?...more
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2012 Celebrity Year In Review: What Will You Remember?

As 2012 comes to a close we're taking the opportunity to look back at the biggest celebrity stories that eclipsed all others during the past twelve months. And it wasn't easy to narrow them down.Jan 31, 2010 - Los Angeles, California, USA - Heidi Klum and Seal arrive for the Grammy Awards show..(Credit Image: © Lisa O'Connor/ the major events in chronological order, former Victoria's Secret model Heidi Klum and Seal announced in early January: “While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul searching we have decided to separate."  The couple are both dating others since filing for divorce -- Heidi has hooked up with her bodyguard.NEXT--> ...more
Number 1 for me?  The death of Adam Yauch.  It still seems surreal even though he had been ill ...more

Childfree Celebrity Spotlight: Renée Zellweger

This one’s a little close to my heart. Not because of the connection every woman made to her tragic rendition of “All By Myself” in her first few moments as Bridget Jones. But because the press has made it seem as if Renee’s baby-or-not pendulum is swinging as wildly as my own.In 1999, she told PEOPLE,...more
The comments on that blog Oh No They Didn't are even more telling than the blog itself. Anytime ...more

12/21/12 & The Mayan Calendar…

There has been lots of talk regarding the Mayan Calendar and its apparent end of days date, 12.21.12.  Last week, we celebrated 12.12.12 – a date thought by many cultures to be lucky, fortunate, blessed – best day to marry, to be born, etc. This week, we have the 21st of December, 2012. A date said to denote the end of the world because the Mayan calendar, prepared around 3000 BC, ends, suddenly. Hmmmm. ...more

A Child’s Christmas In NYC

Many families in the greater metropolitan area take a trip to New York City during the holiday season to share in the spectacle. New York City knows how to put on a show. From the gigantic open-air Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center to the recent Santacon in Times Square, New York City does Christmas BIG. When it comes to decorated windows, there's a group of stores—Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, and Bloomingdales—that make it their business to make their windows worth a special trip....more