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The Insider’s Guide to Life: I’m Good at This

ColumnBe you. I am not an athletically inclined person. While I love hiking and yoga and dancing all up in da club now and again, I am resiliently unmotivated to “push” my body in ways that I deem boring or annoying. I do not thrill to bun-burning stair runs, whether […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Pet Sounds

ColumnPets and landlords should mix. Discuss. A neighbor in my building has adopted a new golden retriever puppy, and it can yelp with the best of them. With my front door facing the lobby stairway, it seems I can’t go an hour without hearing a bark or a floppy tumble […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Fear and Loathing in the Thesaurus

ColumnAll the words in our language, and you have to keep using these? Fresh. Fierce. Fabulous. Smoldering. Curated. Edited. The New York Times, smarting from such journalistic inanities, has compiled a list of the most overused words and phrases in fashion writing. (The Times suggests “culled” as the curated of […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Rape As We (Don’t) Know It

ColumnLet’s talk about rape. No angry letters to the Ed this month (What am I doing wrong?). But I’d like to address news editor Andrea Newell’s recent piece on the social stigma of rape. I think often about the things I hope to see happen in my life. I’d like […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Best Lived Awake

ColumnYou care because you’re awake. When it comes to Big Issues and Serious Problems and Matters of Cultural Import, I’m more what you’d call crust than cupcake. So in sitting down to bang out a fresh column, the opportunities for righteous ranting were everywhere I looked. For example, last Thursday […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Fun in the Sack

ColumnWhen health issues get in the way of a Type A. In case you were wondering, I spent last week in bed. Let it be noted that this isn’t about going green in style, but rather, this is about your editor going bedridden in style. Abject, miserable style. The bed […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Kids These Days

ColumnArmed with an iPad. And dangerous? After a weekend in New York for eco fashion, it was off to Cape Cod with our managing editor, Amy DuFault, who makes her home here with her family: a musician-designer husband, two children and a cockapoo named Mick. They live in a classic […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: I’m Off Nightshades

ColumnYou’re nothing til you’re nothing. I once dated a bright man who remarked that after years and years of girlfriends, he had simply come to accept the fact that every woman, no matter how sane and healthy she might appear to be, has at least one serious food “thing.” One […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Fun in the Sack

ColumnWhen health issues get in the way of a Type A. In case you were wondering, I spent last week in bed. Let it be noted that this isn’t about going green in style, but rather, this is about your editor going bedridden in style. Abject, miserable style. The bed […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: But Wait, There’s More!

ColumnThe masochism of spring cleaning. Was it Ma Ingalls of Little House on the Prairie lore who invented spring cleaning? My own mother kept a very clean house, or rather, we helped her keep a very clean house, especially when winter turned to spring. Suddenly it was all about gutters […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Paper Trail

ColumnOne woman’s junk is another woman’s junk. Junk mail never used to be one of my issues. We had other problems in my old Pacific Palisades, Calif. neighborhood, like the ambitious woman who tried to steal everyone’s identities one summer. (This was an exceptionally educational experience, getting to learn all […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Kids These Days

ColumnArmed with an iPad. And dangerous? After a weekend in New York for eco fashion, it was off to Cape Cod with our managing editor, Amy DuFault, who makes her home here with her family: a musician-designer husband, two children and a cockapoo named Mick. They live in a classic […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: I’m Off Nightshades

ColumnYou’re nothing til you’re nothing. I once dated a bright man who remarked that after years and years of girlfriends, he had simply come to accept the fact that every woman, no matter how sane and healthy she might appear to be, has at least one serious food “thing.” One […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: The Cult

Column“Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you?” – Diana Ross After four luxuriously stupid days off – an epoch for an editor, really – wherein I spent much time, energy and money hurling myself down snowy mountainsides doing what other […]

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The Insider’s Guide to Life: The Cult

Column“Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you?” – Diana Ross After four luxuriously stupid days off – an epoch for an editor, really – wherein I spent much time, energy and money hurling myself down snowy mountainsides doing what other […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: If These Oms Could Talk

ColumnThe precious practice. As a girl, I once read a book where the main character would frown with great purpose every time she saw a smiley face sign. I can’t recall the book, but you know the sign: those cheery yellow faces that blithely instruct you with just one word. […]

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