If you're like me, you don't want to give common holiday gifts. No, if you're like me, you want to give UN-common holiday gifts. Enter Uncommon Goods, an online retail outlet for unique gifts I know well. I have written about and bought from this site for several years. I love it. It's aptly named . . .
If you're looking for a special gift for a BFF, mother, sister --for whatever occasion, birthday, holiday, look no further. I have the best gift idea for you. Simply Happy's subtitle is "A Crash Course in Chicken Soup for the Soul Advice and Wisdom." It's by Chicken Soup publisher and . . .
We may lose and we may win but we will never be here again He was young and impossibly fresh-faced and adorable when he came to our attention in the early 1970s, part of the Laurel Canyon, Calif. band of musicians that defined that certain country-tinged rock. The Eagles, Linda Rondstadt, Joni . . .
Per la mia famiglia a Gratteri. I dedicate this my warm and loving Sicilian family in Gratteri, who couldn't have been kinder to me on my two visits. And were nice enough not to mention that I changed husbands in between the two. (It's possible that they didn't notice.) Family legend holds that my . . .
The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit is beautifully written, lyrical, unique and could be the best fiction I've read in a very long time. I downloaded this audio book so long ago that I'd forgotten it was a novel-- I was half way through it, thinking it was a memoir, when I discovered it was . . .
Lord knows, I needed a massage. Successful completion of physical therapy and continued workouts with Hot Trainer meant that my back was in pretty good shape, if a little stiff. I needed a massage. And I love a relaxing, therapeutic spa massage. But where? I've never had a good massage at the big . . .
Wandering around San Francisco's Union Square the other day, these pieces caught my eye. The artist is Fortune Sitole. They're scenes from South Africa. The artist aims to show the universality of poverty through his depictions of shack life. The pieces that included women were particularly . . .
It's been 110 years since abolitionist and women's rights advocate Susan B. Anthony died in my hometown of Rochester, NY and 168 years since the suffrage movement began. I reflect on what's happened in those years more than you might think --and certainly more than I mention here. A couple of big . . .
It was rare for me to get excited about a mascara. I wanted to, because my thin, skimpy lashes need help. But most mascaras haven't delivered on their promises. Until now. I was THRILLED for Pacifica Beauty to introduce me to their new lash extending 7 in 1 mascara, called DREAM BIG. Let me be . . .
Are we over our romance with trans- people? I got to know my first trans- person in 1990, so you'll pardon me if I yawn through the gossip sites that cover every outfit Caitlyn Jenner wears or every breathless review of the Amazon-produced TV show, Transparent. That's not to say that I don't love . . .