THE OLD DAYS IN BROOKLYN – AND MERRY CHRISTMAS

This  week  I snagged an article in the Styles Section of the New York Times about Pete Hamill, a huge hero of mine,  and a now 84 year old  somewhat disabled former hot stuff newspaper columnist,  feature writer, editor and author of  21 masterful works  of both fiction and non fiction  in which New York […]

OBITS! BE GRATEFUL YOUR NAME IS NOT LISTED

November 1, 2019 Despite my advanced age, I am not an obsessive reader of the obituary pages. Alas, the people I have  mostly cared about have already been there,. However,  I recently checked  the Sunday NY Times obits out of curiosity. Actually, if you really want some good stories, this is a place to start. […]

FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE

October 1, 2019 I met my late husband on a blind date in 1952, the year Adlai Stevenson (Democrat)  (some of you are saying “Who?”)  was running for President against General Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Republican)   We were both political junkies  – Democrats -and since he was still in Dental School,  I had to be a […]

AND SO IT GOES…

“Hello, Emily. This is Billie. (as if I didn’t know) Are you sitting down?  I just did something monumental, and you’re the only person I can talk to about it.” “Yes, I’m sitting down.” I respond, hesitant to tell her that I had just been studying all the artifacts in my living room, wondering  how […]

CELLPHONES AND ME- A RANT

 I worship Steve Jobs for his brilliance and creativity and the Smartphone. (about his persona, another time) However, for all the ways in which  he changed the world — not so much. He did indeed change it both for the better and the worse. And the totality of that Ying and Yang has often been explored but I […]