• Living,  Style

    Perfume: Before, During and After Lockdown

    People’s triggers for memories vary. For many, it’s a song. It can be barely heard over the din of a busy bar, yet instantly a different time and place—a high school date, a drive to a new city, a college party—will come to mind. For others, a particular piece of clothing will bring back specific memories relating to an occasion it was worn (a lucky shirt!). For me, it has been and will always be scent. A particular food’s molecules wafting from a kitchen, orange…

  • Living

    The Small Joys Compendium, Vol. 1

    One thing that became and remains obvious during the pandemic is how much small joys matter in the every day. By “small joys,” I mean things, material or otherwise, that just add a little something special to our homes, our lives, and ourselves. When you’re stuck with the same people (or, when you’re single like me, with yourself) for a period of time, within the same walls, anything that can brighten that experience and maybe bring a bit of novelty is welcome. I made a…

  • Living

    Back, and Only Slightly Better

    I started this post at the beginning of January. Before January 6. I should have known better! What was I thinking attempting to get back in the swing of things while 45 was still in office? With things changing seemingly daily, I couldn’t bring myself to wrap up a post and put it out there. Even now, following the (I’m going to be upfront with my views here) abhorrent outcome of the trial on Saturday, it’s hard to feel settled. Who am I kidding? Does…

  • Living

    An Old Pursuit Becomes a New Pastime

    I started this blog by talking about how I’d come to the sudden conclusion that I no longer wished to spend my time pursuing a long- but intermittently desired dream of being a paid screenwriter. That’s still true, in that I’m not interested in the pursuit. But I get ideas for new stories all the time. I’m not sure I’d want to spend time developing them into scripts. Sometimes, I think it’s just how I trained my mind to work; to look for stories or…

  • Living

    Hello.

    Hi there. It’s been awhile. I’m still unsure of how to proceed in the moment, as far as regular “programming” goes, but I wanted to speak up about the topic that’s been top of mind lately for many of us, and that is the inequality and racism that BIPOC people face. I know that I’ve been guilty of being judgmental toward people (of all kinds, including my own) throughout my life. As much as I want to say I’ve never been influenced by negative (false)…

  • Living

    A Note from Self-Imposed Isolation

    Weird times we’re in. I had originally planned a post for last week. But I’d had a job interview that went well and preoccupied me all weekend, and then I found out on Monday that I got the job! And we all know what happened ’round the world since then. So the post I’d planned no longer felt appropriate. Honestly, I’m not sure what kind of post would suit these days. I’m enjoying the content on my favorite bloggers’ and Instagrammers’ pages, and I do…

  • Style

    March Lusts List

    Remember in October when I said I hoped to publish a regular lusts list? It wasn’t so regular, was it? I figured it was time for one after some posts that were on the more serious side. Besides, with the air turning warmer (here in LA, at least), spring is in the air, and with that comes a desire for a refresh—of self and of home. Here are some of my favorites for March. Let me know what you think of them, and what’s inspiring…

  • Living

    Untethered and Longing to Belong While Unemployed

    I’m warning you now. I’m grumpy. My life has been filled with uncertainty since I was laid off in September. Turns out that I desire routine, purpose, social contact and—who knew?—financial stability. The resulting stress has caused me back pain and a clenched jaw, in addition to some low-grade depression. Last week I returned from a short trip back to Philly to visit my family, and also went to Brooklyn overnight to spend time with my best friend and her family. All of this time…

  • Living,  Style

    Color & Mood: Rose-Colored Everything

    Maybe it’s because of Valentine’s Day. Or hints of (or wishes for) spring’s arrival. But around this time of year, I am attracted to all things pink. Pink clothes, pink makeup, pink decor, pink sunsets. I even find appealing items that are pink in “feeling”—rose perfume, sweet, sugary desserts and fluffy, marshmallowy blankets. Pink is an instant mood improver. Pink has long been associated not only with femininity, but with positivity, aka “rose-colored glasses.” There’s something about this hue that makes anything it touches seem…

  • Living

    Defying Categories in a World That Wants to Label You

    Recently I’ve been struggling to categorize myself. I don’t mean in the single-white-late-40s-Jewish way. I mean in the will-I-ever-figure-out-what-I-want-to-do-with-my-life-even-though-I’m-nearly-50 way. Defining myself always seemed so important. But does it have to be? I love the podcast “Invisibilia,” which deals with investigations into the things that can’t been seen. Some of the episodes have stayed with me long after I first listened to them. One is about categories. I learned from this episode that one reason why some people struggle with accepting things they can’t understand…