Cafe Gratitude

My favorite restaurant in Berkeley, CA is Café Gratitude. In addition to serving organic, locally grown products, their mission is “a celebration of aliveness and abundance to honor the earth and ourselves”. The atmosphere is earthy…no television, no loud music…just a warm, cozy fire and simple furniture. The names of the dishes are really fun,… Read more »

Being Authentically Me

For the past few weeks, I have been sorting through photographs of our family to preserve and transfer onto DVDs. Today I looked at pictures from 1997…a very difficult of several years for my family and me. I wanted to write a blog today about something else, but being committed to being honest and authentic,… Read more »

Money and Truth

Can we talk about money for a moment? Money, like everything else, has no intrinsic value. It is not good or bad. It is the medium of exchange for goods and services and for sharing in charitable ways. But, in addition to its pure financial value, money can have a meaning that we assign to… Read more »

Thanksgiving and Family

As this Thanksgiving weekend comes to an end, I am stuffed…with appreciation for my family. We spent three days together at my sister’s rural home in Pennsylvania, preparing food, sharing stories, playing games and washing endless dishes. From my coveted inflatable mattress on the floor, I cuddled with my grandchildren at sunrise and sipped hot… Read more »

Bloomingdale’s Alert

Now I have proof that I am changing. The Bloomingdale’s holiday catalog arrived today and there is not one thing in the whole catalog that I want…except maybe the man on page 159. But, seriously, I feel like the models are in a private club and the only way to get in is to buy… Read more »

Babysitting the Grandkids…grand kids!

Could there be any greater joy than babysitting for my two young grandchildren for a few days? I jump at the opportunity, and by the end of the first day it all comes back to me. Ahhhh, the good old days eating dinner out of a pot standing up with one child covered in banana… Read more »

Fall Awakening

It is a gray and rainy day. I light the first fire of the season in my fireplace. Cloaked in a rain parka, I walk to my mailbox. I continue walking. The leaves are magnificent, fiery red and yellow, damp and glistening. I walk to the dock (a perk of living on Long Island) and… Read more »

Prepare for Aging

While visiting my mother this week, I began to think about aging. It’s pretty obvious that people become more entrenched in their ways as they get older. You’re crazy if you think that someone in their eighties is going to evaluate their MO and start doing things differently. I asked myself how I can be… Read more »


The quest for simplicity has been so complicated, my daughter recently told me. Yes, I get that. A bright, creative idea can get bogged down in the nitty-gritty of its implementation. It isn’t easy to keep it basic. In sculpting and in writing, I feel that if I take something away and don’t miss it,… Read more »

Does It Hit the Mark?

I wish that people would say what they mean, rather than use trite platitudes that are impersonal. Overused and unoriginal, they leave me wanting a more personal, unique expression. Did you hear me? Do you get it? They don’t feel satisfying. It’s like someone threw a dart and missed. Here is a glimpse into my… Read more »