June 7, 2021

On MEDIUM: "Is 'New York, New York' a Song for All Seasons?"


Photo: Bonni Brodnick

     “Blue Skies,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” and “Hound Dog” were all part of the singer’s repertoire hired to entertain residents of The Maplewood at Strawberry Hill, where my 90-year-old mother lives. (She’s the one on the left.) The garden was a sea of wheelchairs and walkers as he sang to an audience of octo- and nonagenarians. When he got to “New York, New York,” I lost it. 

This year, this song, has been especially evocative.

On MEDIUM, go to  

"Is 'New York, New York' a Song for All Seasons?"

May 11, 2021

The Emily Post Institute's "Awesome Etiquette" Podcast Greenlights My Piece

This is so funny ...

My piece, "Will You Please Excuse Me While I Fall Through the Floor Now?," 
was accepted by The Emily Post Institute's "Awesome Etiquette" podcast. 
(It's about the absolute, most embarrassing, to-die-for-moment that ever 
happened to me in my entire life.)

Retitled "Mistakes Were Made" will come out September 2021.
They've scripted the piece and it's hilarious. 

May 7, 2021

Featured on MEDIUM: "10 HELPFUL TIPS BEFORE YOU DIE: Make it a Snap For Those You Leave Behind"

                                                 Photo by Pero Kalimero on Unsplash

 It was an uneventful Thursday until my best friend called to say her mother had died unexpectedly. 

“My brothers and I did what we thought our mother would have liked,” responded my friend. “Who knows … maybe she would have preferred Lynyrd Skynyrd’s blues rock to the ‘Amazing Grace’ hymn. It would have been nice to have known upfront.”

Don't leave them guessing!


"10 Helpful Tips Before You Die

Make it a Snap for Those You Leave Behind

Click here.

April 30, 2021

DOUBLE-VAXXED: Back to Hugging My Son

Finally, I can hug, smooch, and sit close to my son for the first time in a flippin' year. I cannot tell you how incredibly wonderful it was to not be afraid (petrified is more like it) of him getting me sick or me getting him sick. We lived in absolute fear of catching The Virus.

Now that we are double-vaccinated, it's "HELLO, WORLD!!!"

#GETVACCINATED #postcorona  #motherhood   #mothersonlove

April 13, 2021

Seamless at 90-Years-Old


My 90-year-old mother is so funny. And picky. I was visiting her at The Maplewood in Connecticut (we grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey so it is quite a coincidence that her assisted living place is the same name). We decided to shop on Amazon for panties.

She kept screaming, "No seams. They can't have seams. They need to be seamless."

FINALLY, we found the perfect ones: "Marilyn Monroe Intimates Women's Sexy Seamless Underwear, Hi-Rise Brief Panties (5Pr)."

I dashed Mom an email this morning to let her know that I ordered them. Ever the fashionista, especially for a nonagenarian, she wrote back, "Are you sure there are no seams on the bottom? I hate to see pantie lines."

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