Let’s Talk…

Let’s Talk…

I’m going through a sort of mid-life crisis. I recently accepted a new job and subsequently packed up the Brooklyn apartment I purchased and renovated. I seem to have stowed away some of my dreams of artistic success along with it. I now live in the City of Unbrotherly Love and commute every weekday to an “officle” where I focus my attention on executing someone else’s vision. I’ve been trying to find the common thread in my life that makes it all make sense.

I am, as the old proverb says, a jack-of-all trades and a master of nothing. During a night out with my new Philly transplant girlfriends, one friend said to me, “Oh my God. You’ve done everything!” I know that’s not true. I’ll never run a marathon or hike Mt. Kilimanjaro. But I do seem to be a perennial dabbler. (Sadly that habit extends to my lovelife too.) Some call me wise (there’s probably some sort of ageism in that description but I’m going to overlook that for now). Some say I have ADD (as a sibling of someone who truly does I’m always freaked out by how often this label is tossed around). It’s true that I’ve reinvented my identity numerous times: from a wannabe rock star to a wannabe film director to an actual healthcare advocate and documentary producer; to an entrepreneur (another label that I find is tossed around far too often) and now a run-of-the-mill corporate citizen. (No, I’m not a sellout. I needed health benefits.) And in my journey I have accumulated more outrageous stories than the best fiction writer could make up. I’ve also managed to absorb a lot of information about health-related topics that have been a matter of survival for me. I’m the “go-to girl” on certain subjects.

Whatever the subject, everyone in my life has pleaded with me to just start writing stuff down. It recently occurred to me that this could be the common thread I’ve been searching for. So, here it is! Welcome to my world. I’m glad you decided to be a part of it.

Gluten Free Goods


If you’re new to a gluten-free diet, you may not yet know which products are worth the spend. The best advice I have been given is just to avoid substitute foods entirely and try my best to live a grain-free lifestyle. But with my busy schedule that’s easier said than done. If you’re in the same boat as me and are striving to eat healthier but you still want some quick things you can grab for yourself or your family members, here are a few recommendations.

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Clean Your House without Killing Your Body


As someone who has multiple chemical and fragrance sensitivities, but an equally potent allergy to dust, I often struggle to find cleaning projects that solve one problem without causing another. This article from Houzz offers great suggestions for those of us who like to keep a clean house without exposing ourselves to potentially harmful fumes often found in bleach and other typical household cleaners.

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C’mon. Admit it. You wanted to be a rock star. Is there anyone on this planet who hasn’t at some point fantasized about how he or she would look on stage in skin tight pants made of material that ought not to be worn by any human, all while perfecting the art of strumming eighth notes on the guitar?

I’m proud to announce that I belong to an elite group – no, not the media elite Sarah Palin loved to reference as a justification for her repeated inability to answer simple political questions. I belong to a group of people that can look back on their youth with the proud memories of their attempt to make it on the music scene.

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This is How I Know I’m Loved

Charlie Brown

I’m OCD. I know it. I’m also not a perfect writer. I’ve always leaned more towards creativity in my writing than perfection, which is quite the accomplishment for someone who is admittedly OCD. Even so, I still just can’t help but grimace when I see some of the most fundamental aspects of language completely butchered. And for that reason, many of my friends show me love by posting images such as these to my personal Facebook page.

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roller skates

I’ve never been good at sports. I’m just not athletic at all. But there was a time when I thought I had found my one athletic talent.

It all started at a roller skating rink in New Jersey. It was in the early 80s and fluorescents were all the rage in the world of fashion. Michael Jackson had just begun his ascent to becoming The King of Pop and Steve Perry was trying to make a name for himself as a solo artist (yes, I’m old).

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MisMatch.com: Episode 1

dating sites

This is the first edition of my ongoing report about online dating woes. But before I continue, I should admit that I met my boyfriend of a year online. I had given up on the whole online romance thing. In fact, I think I had just about given up on romance entirely. However, after being somewhat coerced by a friend of mine (to whom I will owe a lifetime of favors should my relationship work out), I finally struck gold. I guess there’s something to be said for tenacity. Of course, if you’re frustrated with online dating and have made a pledge never to try it again, I don’t blame you. If you’re considering going online for the first time, let me give some warnings about what you can expect.

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Ground Rules for Gluten Free Living

GF Symbol

A few years ago, I won an entrepreneurship competition and launched a gluten-free “Pi” business, defined as anything that had an outer shell and a filling. That business didn’t survive, but the collective wisdom of its founders did.

Converting your home kitchen so that is safe for gluten-free eaters may seem daunting. Luckily, my Pi team and I did a ton of research to figure out how to create a safe environment in our commercial kitchen. You may need to follow the most stringent practices or feel comfortable with a more lenient approach. Either way, there are some practices that we feel can’t be skipped and we wanted take the opportunity to share what we have learned.

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Betty Has the Ball

images A couple of months ago I went to visit with my family to celebrate the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah. While I was visiting for the Rosh Hashanah holiday I was able to go watch my friend’s daughter in her soccer match. I showed up expecting to join a crowd of adults who couldn’t wait to cheer on the fearless little athletes. I was shocked when I instead found myself among hecklers.

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