April 15, 2024

Pound Ridge Authors Society to Celebrate 10th Anniversary!

Next SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 3-5pm, I'll be reading from my book, "My Stroke in the Fast Lane: A Journey to Recovery," along with readings by my four other esteemed colleagues/authors. Engaging conversations, wine & cheese. Please stop by & say hello!! 

April 12, 2024

"My Stroke in the Fast Lane": The Author Talk @ Bedford Playhouse

When I was in the throes of Stroke Land, who would have thought that I would one day give an author talk at Bedford Playhouse? 

Many thanks to the Playhouse for hosting the event. Thank you to Ken Marsolais (second row, far left), on the Playhouse Advisory Council, for making the initial introduction and for also introducing me to Stephanie Susnjara (top right), writer/editor/content strategist. She was key to helping me organize my thoughts when I still couldn't. The transcriptions of our interviews were a solid beginning to My Stroke in the Fast Lane.

And how great was it to look at and see so many friends in the audience?!? THANK YOU to all who came!


April 2, 2024

"My Stroke in the Fast Lane": Asked to be on "Survivors' Wall'" @ NYC Event

I would never have imagined this happening in my wildest dreams when I was in the throes of recovery from the stroke.

At this big hoopla event in NYC celebrating 100 Years of the American Heart Association and 20 Years of Go Red for Women, I was thrilled and honored to be invited to be part of their "Survivors' Wall." 

They asked for a 150-word blurb that sums up my experience as a survivor, my connection to "Go Red for Women," and my message to others in the community. Here goes . . .

"I was driving on Interstate 95 at 65 miles an hour when I had a stroke. (Everyone's worst nightmare!) I looked down and was mesmerized by my right hand shaking on the console. Luckily, my 86-year-old mother was in the car, grabbed the wheel, and crashed us on the side of the highway. I was left unable to walk or speak. In my memoir, 'My Stroke in the Fast Lane: A Journey to Recovery,' I reveal what it is like to be in the body of someone who has suffered from a stroke. After several hospitals and much physical, occupational, and speech rehabilitation, I was able to resume my magnificent life. In my book appearances, I discuss how cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. I support the American Heart Association and 'Go Red for Women' message: we must all educate ourselves about cardiovascular diseases and strive to live heart-healthy lives."

                      The beat goes on.

March 26, 2024

On MEDIUM: "Woman Overboard WIth Watching Ships & Surfers on YouTube: Who gets the biggest wave?"



Woman Overboard With Watching Ships & Surfers on YouTube

Who gets the biggest wave?

Photo by Sebastian Bill on Unsplash

You know those people who can spend hours on YouTube on any subject? I am one of them. I am obsessed with big waves. The more massive, the better.

I love watching ships on stormy seas (especially with a view from the helm of a Russian cargo ship where you can look out and see the 50-foot wave coming). Then you’ll find me deep into the rabbit hole with anything pertaining to boats in general: day sailors, cargo ships, luxury liners, tugboats, and vessels of any sort in foul weather. There is something thrilling about watching ill-tempered waves crash over the bow. The higher and scarier the wave, the better.

                                                     Photo by Torsten Dederichs on Unsplash

There is equal mesmerization with surfers riding big waves. What would it feel like to be in the barrel of one of Oahu’s North Shore Backyards, a brutal reef-filled surf where the waves are fast and furious? Or in the epic mecca of Nazaré, Portugal, where waves can reach 80 feet and over and intimidate even professional surfers? Watch these surfers as they dare the waves of Nazaré. (For full impact, hit all of the underlined links and go to fullscreen format.)

                                                                    Photo by dailystoke.com

I can watch these YouTube clips, and others like them, for literally hours:

Mavericks, CA

Jaws, Maui

Teahupo’o, Tahiti

Mullaghore Head, Ireland

Punta de Lobos, Chile

When I watch them, I feel exhilarated, like an electrifying fixation. I feel a heightened rush and madness all while sitting at my desk. That’s when the rabbit hole thing takes over, which, I’ll admit, is a problem in our household.

Husband: “Hon, what did you do today?”

Me: “I watched surfing clips on YouTube.”

Husband: “The entire day?”

Color image of a cool surfer dude in the heart of a barrel wave, which is a type of wave that forms a hollow tube, or tunnel, as it breaks.
Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

This zealousness for surfers and surfing is shared with the venerable Diana Vreeland. (Check out my blog, “Diana Vreeland: A Wannabe Surfer”). In it, she states:

    "I'm really only envious of one thing, and that is a surfer. I        think it's the most beautiful thing. See, I'm mad about water. I think that water is God's tranquilizer.

    To be in it, to drink it, to look at it, and to be a surfer -- oh, between the sky and the water -- that would be to me, the most wonderful thing."

Before you go, click here to experience the rush that D.V. and I share when we watch surfers.

Whether you're on a boat steering into a wave, or a surfer riding on top of a wave, if you put it on YouTube, think of me; armchair traveling from my home computer, far from any splash, feverishly sharing the titillation and excitement from afar.

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