Sexual Harassment Sold My First Book

Sexual Harassment Sold My First Book

The luncheon began with the acquisition editor of a major book company telling me I was a pretty woman, but would be a knockout if I lost 10 pounds. I was there to sell Psychology: A Biographical Approach, an introductory psychology textbook. It had been a long road...

Death Cleaning

It sounds morbid but I took the advice of this Swedish author and I’m “death cleaning.” I started with my clothes closet last week (at least thirty outfits gone; did anyone want my tie-dye tees? I couldn’t part with my wedding gown yet) and...
A Great Way to Be Dead

A Great Way to Be Dead

I recently attended a funeral at West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd and noticed an amazing tombstone, topped with statues of a dog and a cat. I was curious about the deceased and wondered how he managed to get his companion animals buried with him. I inquired...
The Jewish New Year

The Jewish New Year

I love the High Holidays, both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, despite being a devout atheist, because they herald in Autumn, my favorite time of year.  To religious people it’s the year 5778.  I have no idea why, as I must have missed that lesson in Hebrew School,...
The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

Be sure to catch Ken Burn’s 10-part documentary, The Vietnam War, on TV.  It is amazing that it was 50 years ago, but I well remember going to Washington to protest with my friend Rob.  When we got home to my apartment at 21st and Spruce we each took a tab of...