Happy 10th Birthday, 'Eat, Pray, Love'!
A big shout-out to the book that inspired my three big midlife changes
When Laughter Isn't the Best Medicine
I wish I could still laugh with my mother, but it's just not that funny to watch your mom collapse in a heap
I'm Too Young to Be This Old
Yes, I'm in denial, and thank God for the other 70 million boomers, who are co-signing my bullshit
My Mother's Right to Vote
The election process restored a sense of dignity to my mother when so much else had conspired to take it away
My Brother Was a Deadhead
Some pain is so loud that it loops back around to total silence. Still, you listen.
No Longer Looking for Mr. Goodbar
The world was full of nice girls who did careless things in the '70s and I was one of them
Carol and Carole
We've loved Carole King ever since we first became friends, back in the '70s. She wrote the words for our lives.
Everybody's Got Something to Hide
The ritual of hiding and seeking, finding and emerging, practiced from infancy, girds everyone for what will happen later
Our Perfectly Insane Night
The music was good, the beer was cold and we were at an age when we didn't give a damn what people thought of us
The Second Time Around
Opportunities for do-overs don't come along often and I wasn't about to let this one pass