Goodbye, Margot

August 6, 2014
Our good friend, wiccan Margot Adler died last week. Margot was an NPR reporter and she was also a Wiccan. We never knew for sure if she believed in an afterlife, but as the dead now so often appear in... continued

Baseball Blast from the Past

July 15, 2014
The baseball season is half over, and I've been thinking back over my own a fan. To be exact, a Yankees fan. Being a fan is something you take with you wherever you go. I notice people wearing their... continued

The Clock Talks

July 10, 2014
There’s a joke in a Woody Allen movie about a man who kicked a TV set. The next time he went into an elevator, he heard an ominous voice say as the doors closed, ‘are you that guy who kicked... continued

How I Spent the Fourth

July 8, 2014
We had nowhere to go on the Fourth of July, so I did what I always do when I have no place to go: I watched TV. I watched the Macy’s fireworks special from New York, which Whitley had recorded... continued


July 7, 2014
In my building, I don’t need to have an alarm clock. My neighbors wake me up. This building was constructed in 1963, and has been through a number of earthquakes, most notably the Northridge Earthquake of 1994. The result is... continued

A Wild, Wild Ride…in a Wheelchair

June 12, 2014
Whitley and I go to one of the local farmer’s markets several times a week. When we’re in the farmer’s market, I usually ride in my wheelchair—not because I can’t walk, but because it puts me at eye level with... continued

How to Find a Mate: Consult your Ghosts!

June 8, 2014
When people tell me they are wondering who they should spend the rest of their lives with, I always suggest that they consult their ghosts. One piece of ghostly advice I got before I was married was to go to... continued

Greeting from a Ghost

June 5, 2014
A few weeks ago, I felt a ghost crawl into bed with me, and I somehow had the impression this ghost had been an actor. Since we're only friendly with one actor--a female--I assumed that's who it was. But a... continued

The Yips

June 2, 2014
The ‘yips’ is a term golfers use to describe a condition where they become compulsively unable to sink balls. They’ve also learned that they’re more likely to sink a putt if they don’t try too hard to hit the hole.... continued

Wise Women Who Wait

May 31, 2014
When our son was starting to study the classics in high school, one of the books he was assigned was Maya Angelou’s ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.’ He said to me, ‘mom, why is she so famous?’ I... continued