2015: My Year In Numbers

  2015 It was the year the Supremes ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. The year the People’s Pontiff visited the U.S. The year NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reached Pluto after 9.5 years, HarperCollins published Harper Lee’s sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird under suspicious circumstances, and David Letterman broke up with his razor.  These are…

The Year I Last Believed

I held my breath and pushed “PLAY” on the clunky, black and silver cassette recorder. It was Christmas morning, and I was on the verge of a discovery that would squelch a part of my childhood I could never reclaim. REWIND As a kid, I was a keen enthusiast of Nancy Drew, whose intuition, cleverness,…

A Thanksgiving Resolution

Ah, Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday has many reasons to recommend itself: Naps are encouraged and even expected. Mashed potatoes. The Snoopy float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Pumpkin pie. Anyone can express the sentiment of the occasion without fear of offending or excluding anyone else. Leftover mashed potatoes. And leftover pumpkin pie. Gratitude, shared…

Mask Off: Boo, Humbug!

Now that another Halloween is behind us, I can take off my mask and proudly roar, “Boo Humbug!” I am a Halloween Scrooge. It’s not because October 31 encourages gluttony for a population whose children are experiencing an obesity epidemic and a rise in Type 2 diabetes due primarily to sugar intake, although I’d be dishonest…