Throughout the year, I learn about small businesses or indie authors/musicians/crafters who create unique offerings that would make great gifts for the holidays (or all year round). I decided to compile a few here. They’re broken into categories ranging from artisans, to self-improvement, to good reads.  If you have suggestions, send them to me to… Read More


Yesterday, I met a friend for coffee and a chat. We hadn’t seen each other in seven years, when I left the private college where we worked together, to work on a daytime TV talk show. Danial is an incredible artist who’s thinking of turning a collection of her drawings into a coloring book. We… Read More


In my job as a producer for a local TV talk show, I go through pairs of scissors like crazy. The blades quickly become dulled by constantly being used to cut paper scripts and tape them onto 4” x 6” cards for the host to have handy. Or, scissors will grow legs and wander off,… Read More


The growing allegations against Harvey Weinstein have brought out many “Me Too” stories from women and men from all walks of life. I think, if you’re a living, breathing human, you’ve had at least one “Me Too” moment. My 20’s were spent in New York City, working in an industry rife with “Me Too” moments.… Read More


I met Orlando one sweltering fall day in New York City in the 80’s. He shuffled into the diner where I worked the lunch and dinner shift, and took a seat in front of an open floor-to-ceiling window. He folded his lanky form into the chair and clasped his slender hands together, resting his chin… Read More


This is a milestone week for me. Twenty nine years ago, I tried to end a serious cocaine addiction by overdosing on Valium. To be honest, it wasn’t the cocaine that prompted the OD. A short time before downing a nearly full bottle of Valium, I was at an after-hours club in Greenwich Village, listening… Read More


I’m 53 years old and today, I feel every second of those 53 years. Physically, at least. Emotionally, I feel as though I never left my 20’s. Without a doubt, that was the best decade of my life; warts, foibles, and everything else. That unforgettable decade began in the summer of 1983, when I was… Read More


I’ve been feeling so melancholy lately. I don’t know whether it’s PMS, hormones,  or the weather. TV shows make me cry. Songs make me cry. Books make me cry. I feel as though there’s a big, gaping hole in my heart, and nothing can fill it. What’s wrong with me?… Read More


I can only remember one instance in which I fell for an April Fool’s joke. I was recalling it for a friend and thought I’d share it here as well. It happened many moons ago, when I worked at CBS Records. I had gone out to lunch and when I returned, I found a message… Read More


The building housing our new station also houses Real Networks, one of the original music streaming services. They supply the music for the building’s elevators and restrooms, as well as building’s lobby cafe. For the past two weeks, the stream has featured songs from the early to mid 1980s – mostly pop, some rock. Many… Read More