Posts By: Ellie Dolgin

The Bagel Shop

Sitting in a bagel shop in the upper east side of Manhattan enjoying my bagel and coffee I noticed a homeless man at an adjacent table asking people for money. A well-dressed woman reached into her pocket and handed him a quarter. A quarter! As he stared at the coin in his palm something got… Read more »

The Unpublished Book

I spent three years writing a book. It was a memoir about a particular twenty years of my life. Sixty thousand words later I started sending it out to agents for representation. But after I sent out each submission I found myself hoping that the agent wouldn’t pick it up. A few months ago I… Read more »

Are We Really Being Nice?

My friend told me about how she got into a disagreement with a client and the “nice person” in her took over and she offered all of the client’s money back. It was an important payment to her and the conclusion about who was right was dubious. I started thinking about what exactly it means… Read more »

Burgers and Buns

Swaying with the rhythmic rocking of the train from New York City to Long Island, I witnessed the city morph into industrial buildings, then religious sanctuaries, and finally greenery and open sky. During the hour-long ride, my eyes casually passed over two posters on the wall. They were strategically placed by the marketing company just… Read more »

Training To Be Me

I am in training to be me. Everything that I do contributes to the greatest expression of me. Every mistake and triumph gets folded into the mix and is transformed beyond recognition into a new entity, but if I am really alert I can taste the lingering nuances of each ingredient. I work hard. My… Read more »

Get Unplugged

Every time I go to New York I am shocked by the amount of people attached to cellular devices. Race-walking down the street, emerging from the bathroom in a restaurant, waiting on the platform for a subway, walking their children to school, purchasing food at a fruit stand, stepping onto the street at a crosswalk… Read more »

The Baby Has Arrived

There is a new person in the world!  My daughter had a baby two weeks ago.  Soft and warm, sweet and pure, a new little boy was born.  Everything that he does is miraculous, from opening his eyes to sucking and pooping, and the adults who love him marvel at each accomplishment.  He has a… Read more »

When Do You Need Glasses?

My son built a fort for my eight-year-old granddaughter, six-year-old grandson and me to watch a movie. It was a construction of pillows, chairs and cozy blankets in the middle of their living room floor. He made popcorn and flavored it with corn chex and white chocolate, then he went into the basement to use… Read more »

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Yesterday I saw my friend, Janice, at the pool.  We are swimming buddies.  We keep each other up-to-date on local trivia that makes our swim go faster.  It’s always fun to connect with Janice.  It makes my day when I see her in the pool.  As I was walking my warm-up laps and she was… Read more »