DADT drama

The U.S. Senate must repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), one of the most bizarre and contradictory laws in our nation’s history. Gay rights is the civil rights issue of our time. Years… Continue reading

Friends without benefits: the new reality of work

Nothing in life is forever. As a freelance writer, I’ve learned to appreciate the impermanence of life—and work—better than most. But now, the possibility of finding viable full-time work is looking like even… Continue reading

zap mama & les nubians

I have been a huge fan of these two smart, sexy bands for a while now and wanted to share. Zap Mama is a Brussels-based band, founded and lead by the stunningly beautiful… Continue reading

The Royal We

Global economic turmoil? Taxpayer bailouts of banks, the auto industry, Ireland? Who gives a toss? The royals are getting married! Babykins and Big Willie (their nicknames, not mine) are tying the knot in… Continue reading

Boston’s MFA: off the wall

Have you been to the new Art of the America’s Wing yet at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston? You should go. From the outside, the new wing doesn’t look like much.… Continue reading

the buddha & the borderline

“Borderline…feels like I’m going to lose my mind…”  -Madonna I’ve been meaning to give a shout-out to my girl, Kiera Van Gelder, a talented writer who recently published a memoir “The Buddha and… Continue reading

pets & nunchucks (Black Friday, Neapolitan-style)

Christmas shopping in Naples: Nativity creches? Check. Gold and coral jewelry? Check check. Chocolates, coffee and wine gift baskets? Check check check! And then there’s this shop across from the Porta Nolana, an… Continue reading

being thankful (not talking turkey, for once): one year later

Dearest Readers, One of my first blog posts (about Thanksgiving) is below. It’s been a little over a year since my friend Laurie McLachlan suggested I give blogging a try. I’d done feature… Continue reading

Warren Buffett and the Pope

Did you catch all the crazy news swirling around this weekend? I very rarely watch TV.  I go to the gym even less.  Yet there I was this past Sunday, in the gym,… Continue reading

scan scam

Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly get more neurotic about flying in a post-Sept. 11 world, airport security is now trying to get into our collective pants. Have you heard about the… Continue reading