big pharma’s big boner

Big pharma has a big boner for your mother. Over the past decade or so, millions of women (and some men, too) have taken bisphosphonate drugs to treat and prevent osteoporosis and osteopenia,… Continue reading

Living Art: Olivier Giugni’s flower power

Floral designer to the stars and fabulous impromptu dinner guest, Olivier Giugni, has a wonderful book out: Living Art — Style Your Home with Flowers. You can order it here. Favorite flower? The… Continue reading

Confuse-us Peace Prize

China, the land of knock-offs and largest foreign owner of U.S. debt, rolled out its answer to the Nobel Peace Prize, the Confucius Peace Prize, in a ceremony yesterday. Some guy in Taiwan… Continue reading

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