Month: April 2012

What I Do

I know that some of you–my parents, included—are wondering what exactly it is I do all day. Besides flirting. And giving The Kitten nubbins….otherwise known as, The Bad Touch. Good question! Let’s say you’ve just lost your job, and it’s been a while since you’ve had to network, and show your resume around, etc., and…
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April 27, 2012 0

I’m always interested by people who are the first to give a thousand reasons explaining why they can’t do some thing…usually a “thing” they really, really want to do and would be very good at. People who will in one breath mention an excellent idea and then recite all the thousands of reasons why they…
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April 25, 2012 0

Not to be too cryptic here, but my kvetch for the day is: don’t surrender your competency. That feels like a whine in the wilderness. Simply put, if you start deciding that you can’t do something, or figure something out, that it’s too hard…I promise you: it starts a chain of thought that only takes…
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April 19, 2012 0

Russian Lessons

Maybe I’m writing this today for all the talented procasturbators out there who still have plenty of time, plenty of time, come on, don’t freak out, baby, relax, before the IRS’s midnight deadline and who’d therefore like something fun to read in the meantime…but last night I was thinking about our tendency as a species…
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April 17, 2012 0

Not to get all philosophical on you guys, but yesterday I found myself brooding on the very many ways there are to live, and sometimes waste, one’s life. This was not inspired by this brilliant video (  but rather because as word came out that a friend of mine ( won a 2012 Guggenheim  Fellowship…another…
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April 13, 2012 0

Crazy Like a FNC

If you know anything about me, you know that I spent a number of years toiling in the trenches of TV news. I worked for almost every network in Moscow, New York and Washington, D.C. I met President Clinton,had phones and other assorted items thrown at me and I made some writers cry…but it wasn’t…
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April 12, 2012 0

Choosing to be Happy

Starting to feel a little like Andy Rooney, but yes, I’m also irritated by people who manage to invest such effort and energy into being miserable. I’m irritated because these are the same chuckleheads who then suggest that I’m somehow naïve for insisting that they could choose to be happy. As if I think happiness…
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April 10, 2012 0


Underneath this cranky yet hawt exterior is a person who has a huge thing for Barbra Streisand. So huge that I’ve even watched, more than once, “Yentl”…oy. (But the music!) I have that kind of irrational fetish for Barbra. (And I’m only calling her “Barbra” because I doubt, somehow, she reads this blog. Otherwise, I’d address…
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April 9, 2012 0

Don’t Ask Me

Just a quick note today on this irritating trend I’ve noticed in some people. This trend of people asking other people if they can “be” something. This trend of asking permission of others to live your dream. Grrrr.  To give an example, about a year ago, I had coffee with a friend of a friend…
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April 5, 2012 0

For Her

Just a quick note to pay respects to a friend, A., who truly impressed me recently by demonstrating her personal commitment to her sense of self as an artist. That may seem like Oberlin College-inspired crunchy gibberish, but it’s actually tremendously important. Because the only difference between successful people and unsuccessful people, is that successful…
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April 4, 2012 0