Silent Night, Holy Night

Last night we went with friends to a Christmas sing-along at Wolf Trap, where we sat outside on the lawn, bundled in blankets and coats to sing Christmas carols with thousands of other people who came to kick off the holiday season. With all the bad news of the world swirling around us, it was a gift to be in a peaceful place with a massive group of kind, generous people singing songs of joy. At the end of the evening, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band led us in singing Silent … [Read more...]

Remembering and Capturing 25

"Hello, it's me." That's a nod to the remarkable singer, Adele. Today, Friday, November 20, 2015, is a Big Day for Adele fans. Her third album, “25,” is available today. For those of you who are not Adele fans, the title of the album is her age, and follows the title of her two previous albums “19” and “21.” My 25-year-old daughter, Sara, is a huge fan and sent me a text when Adele announced the release of her album. She said, "MOM, I’m DYING! Look at what Adele posted on Twitter.” “When I … [Read more...]

Beware of Halloween

Beware of Halloween. Kids will do anything for candy. Jerry Seinfeld said, “Candy was my whole life when I was a kid. For the first 10 years, I think the only clear thought I had was ‘Get Candy.’ That was it – family, friends, school – they were just obstacles in the way of the candy. I could only think get candy; get candy; get candy.” I wish I could say that ended when I was 10. Sometimes my brain works like that now. For now, forget all the studies about how bad candy is … [Read more...]

Reunited, and it feels so good…

So I lost my phone. Or it was stolen. It happened at my class reunion. As soon as I got back to where I was staying, I realized I had no phone. I tore my purse apart, looked in the car, and retraced my steps. No phone. I returned to the restaurant, looked everywhere, checked lost & found. No phone. My phonelessness was, at best, an inconvenience, but it also was a reminder of how much I rely on the darn thing. Thank goodness, the next day, my sister reminded me … [Read more...]

The Power of Music

I have a confession to make. For my birthday, Doug took me to see Beautiful, The Carole King Musical at the Kennedy Center. I loved it so much, I cried. I couldn’t help myself. Sitting there in the Opera House, listening to the music I fell in love with when I was a teenager, just touched me in an unexpected way. It transported me back to about 1972 when I found Carole King’s album, Tapestry, under the tree on Christmas morning. I played that album so much that I wore it … [Read more...]