aging Archive

December 13, 2016

My Christmas Reprise

The end of another lightening fast year.  A lot more silver threads among the gold (not that my hair was gold). My skin, doughier and slipping its mooring. My drooping left eyelid and the drooping left side of my lip are more and more…well, droopy.  And so another Christmas, my 62nd or 63rd. And once […]

June 20, 2014


I miss the loves ones I’ve lost. I recall my mother asking in reference to my youngest sister, now gone these three years: does she miss me like I miss her? Her other question: how big is heaven? Unanswerable. And now I ask, in reference to my mother, now gone a year: does she miss me like I […]

January 28, 2014

The Observer

My favourite story about Pete Seeger: Back in the days when I was required to attend huge folk music events, I had an encounter with Pete Seeger. Between showcases, I had been advised to attend so called “workshops”. They’re not really workshops. They are kind of see and be seen affairs, schmooze a little, network, […]

June 12, 2013

Grief is a hunting cat

I’m returning from a great mystery that somehow involves the heaven and earth, belief and non-belief, proof and disproof..and a thousand other paradoxes. Some are ineffable, but they all swirl around loss. As personal, as individual as is loss, it runs through all our lives. My cat sleeps most of the day in the city but […]

December 02, 2011

Happy Birthday Danny Greenspoon

…and Lisa Kent and Charlie Greenspoon. Have you met Danny? What a goof. Who does he think he is? Big shot producer, wine snob, Scotch snob, wanna be tennis pro. Oh, and he thinks he can cook. What a goof. Well, ok…maybe not such a goof. Great producer, generous friend, fantastic dinner companion, oblivious to […]

January 25, 2011


Just a quick thanks to everyone who contacted my on my birthday. Especially nice as I don’t list it on Facebook, so I know those of you who wrote or called actually remembered. I saw a picture of myself with JP Cormier in which I look about 75 years old. I think JP (whose birthday […]

December 10, 2009

List of lists – re-post and update

Now I know, this book is called The Pillow Book by  Sei Shonagon. Thank you, Jo Edgett. Years ago, I flipped through a book at a friend’s house and have since regretted not buying my own copy. It was a books of lists written many years ago, if I recall, by a Japanese woman of noble […]

November 05, 2009

Across the pond

Tonight, I’m leaving on a jet plane and know I’ll be back again on the 13th. Wonder what will set my mind to spinning? Over and out ’til next week.