In 2007, I started researching this question: How much gas does it take to start a warm car? Guess: 5 minutes’ worth of gas? 2 minutes’? 1 minute’s worth? 30 seconds? Or 10 seconds? Back when cars had carburetors, the answer was 3-5 minutes. Now that they are all made with fuel injection, the answer […]
In preparation for Hillary Clinton’s landslide win on election day, I choreographed “I Am Woman“ by Helen Reddy for my Zumba class. In searching for this feminist anthem on iTunes, I flashed back to my first rock concert (with my divorced-and-discovering-her-power mom), and then stumbled on this generation’s version. When you compare the lyrics to Jordin Sparks’ (yes, highly dance-able) “empowering female […]
The Lake I Love. When I saw the call for submissions for the first annual Aluminous Flash Mob Short Play Festival, I knew I had to write about the Pergola at Lake Merritt. How many circles have I made around that lake in all my years in Oakland? With friends, with family, alone? I walked it in […]
This bit of writing, an exclusive to SheWrites, is nowhere near as ambitious as the thirty-one posts of the Ten Pounds in Ten Days blog I wrote this spring about a trip to Italy in which I went alone while my traveling companion had brain surgery (and didn’t gain a pound, darn it.) No, this is the opposite of […]
How did I somehow find myself on the top of Mount Vesuvius this morning? My trip of a lifetime took a strange turn in the hours before it was scheduled to begin. when the life of my traveling companion was suddenly in danger. With five days left to go, I am blogging the madness into […]
I was already spilling my son’s ADHD story. But now everyone knows MY secret….I’m a blonde.
I need to do some fundraising if I am to get myself to the Preservation Ball, where the Decobelles will be getting a preservation award! Will you subscribe to my charm & beauty book for $10 and help a sister out?