I want to be like Anna Quindlen

I recently read Anna Quindlen’s new memoir, “Lots of Cake and Plenty of Candles.” I didn’t get past the first paragraph in the introduction titled “Life in the Fifties” before I stopped reading to think about one of the first things she wrote. “It’s odd when I think of the arc of my life, from child to woman to aging adult. First I was who I was. Then I didn’t know who I was. Then I invented someone and became her. Then I began to like what I’d invented. And finally I was what I was again. It … [Read more...]

Stress? Me? Never.

I joined a new gym a few days after Christmas because I needed a workout makeover. The gym offered workout sessions with personal trainers to lure new members. Eager to rock my resolutions, I signed up for the personal training sessions before the New Year even arrived. With pen and paper, my trainer, Irene, asked me about my goals, my health, and my stress levels. “How would you rank your stress on a scale from one to ten?”” “I don’t have any stress,” I told her without pause. “Okay,” … [Read more...]