Ever met a porn star? Porn star Ginger Lynn sat next to me on a plane once. I knew it was her because her sateen jacket said so, not because I recognized her. Truth is, in her videos she looked like any other blonde porn star (I looked her up) and on the plane she looked pretty beat. So when my . . .
Serving Life. It's the name of a moving documentary about a hospice program at Angola State Prison in Louisiana. The program was the brainchild of the prison warden, who saw that the super-long sentences of many Louisiana prisoners meant they got sick and died in prison. A believer in . . .
I knew this day would come, eventually: the day we'd have to say good by to Dr. Christina Yang on Grey's Anatomy. "We've only got two Kleenex boxes near the TV," my husband pointed out. "Think you should get another?" Christina. From an arrogant young, smart intern to the brilliant, confident . . .
It's a Saturday. My To-Do list waits expectantly on my desk, pen nearby and ready to cross out my accomplishments. But really, I feel like doing nothing. Nothing at all. I could do nothing more often, if not for the guilt. We're supposed to DO something, right? Be PRODUCTIVE. Get our chores . . .
I was interested to read recently that Trader Joe's got high ratings from consumers, or so says Consumer Reports. The store's exemplary ratings for service and cleanliness are definitely deserved. But very good marks for perishables runs counter to my own experience. Trader Joe's has been around . . .
Moms have been sending care packages to college students since, well, certainly since I was in college. Like most students, I loved getting a surprise box in the mail--it made life at college more homey. Besides, who doesn't love a surprise? If there's a college student in your life, you've . . .
Sometimes we forget how far we have traveled while we are looking ahead to the next steps. Good to lie down and remember what it took to get this far, all those karmic hoops we had to jump through, all those overcomings. Good to stroke our face with love and to remind ourselves how much courage it . . .
I love the way Deborah McKinlay writes. She could write a laundry list and I'd read it. Her first novel, The View From Here, was everything I love in a novel. It had fascinating characters, an interesting setting and a fairly complex plot with a surprise ending, at least to me. So it was with . . .
In a day when many companies are placing increasing distance between them and their customers, one company that’s doing exactly the opposite stands out. That company is Delta Airlines. Delta hasn’t asked me to write this, paid me or given me anything at all for this post. It’s just that recent . . .
It started with Mad Men. Well, it really started with Dita Von Teese, this 1950s retro thing. Because for a long time, no one wanted to look like a 1950s woman, and then? Poof! It was stylish. Dita brought it to mainstream attention and Joan Holloway on Mad Men popularized it. Oh, if only I could . . .