Face it. Many of us are at the age where these things are now part of our healthcare rituals. Mammograms (the boob-sandwich) are already enough to add to the preventative health to-do list. And now there's this delight. Wait... you're too young, you're probably all thinking. I thought so too. The CDC says 50 to… Continue reading A somewhat-graphic account of my first colonoscopy: a tale told in 5 parts
I hate International Women’s Day. I hate the one-day-every-year that we are supposed to remind ourselves of how far we’ve come — and how far we’ve got to go for equality. Even worse to be told “happy” International Women’s Day. We are still not equal. How can I be happy about that? All around the… Continue reading I’ll say it: I HATE International Women’s Day. Here’s why.
I am obsessed with crow's feet. No, not the literal feet of crows. But the crow's feet that expand out from the ends of our eyes every time we make a facial expression. Those charming crinkles that are just about the only sign of facial expression we can see in each other these days. It's… Continue reading Half-Masked
I’m sitting in my shower, wet bum on the cold, damp floor, water puddles left over from the morning are soaking through my thick winter leggings. I’ve got a broken kitchen stool in front of me, duct-taped together just a few minutes before. My phone is propped precariously on the stool, one little tap and… Continue reading 8 myths to offload so we can really give a shit about women’s rights right now…
Warning: If crap offends you, or if you yourself don't poop, this is NOT the post for you. It's winter. It's cold. We're under 17 inches of snow. It looks pretty... for about five minutes. I walk the dude. He poops. I scoop. Well, I have to remove my glove to extract the bag and… Continue reading Reflections on poop in the snow…
Four years ago, on January 23, 2017, in a room filled only with men, US President of three days, Donald J. Trump reinstated the “Global Gag Rule”, more formally known as the Mexico City Policy, to restrict women’s lives and deny them the freedom of choice over their own bodies. Trump did not invent this… Continue reading Our Bodies, Our Rights.
Following from the previous piece asking if America is a fragile state, here's the next iteration, as posted on Medium. *** By now we have all been bombarded with images of the invasion of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, unforgettable scenes of violence and destruction, fueled by an angered mob of no, not… Continue reading This attack on the Capitol was brought to you by… Toxic Masculinity
The attack on the Capitol has everyone saying "But this doesn't happen HERE!" Let's start with this question: Is America a fragile state? Here's my take.
I’ve been silent. I hardly wrote in 2020 - what was there to say?! So much, and none of it very pretty. A pandemic, an explosion, a heartbreak. It was pretty... rotten. And yet, there was magic hiding in all the shit. Because the pandemic restricted me from hiring a contractor, I learned how to… Continue reading In Search of Salt
The day before the explosion was ordinary, quiet, unremarkable. But I was unsettled. I was in LA visiting family, because these days more than ever, I needed to be with my people. It was Monday, and I was flying back home to New York. I was traveling light but carrying excess emotional baggage. I stood… Continue reading The day of…