Knitting shops in New York? Who in this hectic town has the time or patience to sit down and transform a length of wool string into a garment, one stitch at a time?
Plenty of us, it turns out. Manhattan’s yarn shops are buzzing with customers. We...Read more >
Years before I decided to adopt, I had a dream that I was in a forest with a little boy holding my hand. It was scary in there and dark. Then suddenly, we emerged from the woods to see the edge of the earth and the moon, a giant stone ball with...Read more >
It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine—an adage that aptly describes a growing movement known as Laughter Yoga. I’d heard of the practice and was intrigued enough to attend a free late-afternoon class led by laughter yoga coach Vishwa...Read more >
For eight decades, the Apollo Theater on 125th Street in Harlem has attracted the world’s hottest jazz bands, singers, dancers and comedians: Charlie Parker and Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and the...Read more >
My eldest daughter Glenna just called to discuss the latest in her wedding details. She ended our conversation by advising that I start the wedding diet. Three months to go and I’m still figuring out what to wear.
Like many first time mothers-...Read more >
In the beginning it was not about health. When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, I decided to stop eating meat. I don’t remember the connection, but it had something to do with blood and killing. I was old enough to make an adult decision...Read more >
The thought of grab bars in the bathroom or chair lifts are turn-offs for many boomers, even if your parents, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends of all ages are frequent visitors. The good news is that you can furnish a home with chairs,...Read more >
“Welcome to your world as a soap writer,” said the head writer of As The World Turns, when she asked me to join her writing staff in the early 1980’s after two years as her assistant. At the time, there were fourteen soap operas on television and...Read more >
You may have a thousand Facebook friends, but how many can recommend a hairdresser in your neighborhood? Or help you find your lost dog? Or alert you to a nearby crime wave? To step into the breach and enable neighbors to help each other with...Read more >
The drastic fluctuations in temperature this winter and the constant barrage of steam heat in our apartments are especially unkind to the skin, particularly the skin of older women. “The worst offenders are the temperature, the wind, and the ultra-...Read more >
For years, Ena Malone, an I.T. expert on Wall Street, was convinced she’d always have a job in her chosen field. But in 2005, Ena, then in her fifties, was unexpectedly laid off. As subsequent job interviews did not lead to offers, the stress of...Read more >
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