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Rethinking Showers

Good grooming, advises Amy Vanderbilt in the 1967 edition of her book of etiquette, which I received as a wedding present, means “a daily, and often twice daily, shower or

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My Mother, on Beauty

When my mother turned seventy, she said, “The trick at my age is not to try to look forty. The trick is to be the best-looking seventy-year-old in the room.”

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Curls vs. Waves

I went on YouTube for advice on my pandemic hair, which was last cut on February 5, 2020, and found dozens of sites that help women to deal with curly

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Organ Recitals

  “Then the podiatrist looked at my little toe and said, ‘Lady, what you have is a…’” But just as things are about to get interesting my friend claps her

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Smells

My mother has just rung the bell of my paternal grandparents’ apartment in Barcelona when she spots a smudge of chocolate on my chin. She whips a handkerchief out of

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Not Yet

It may be my Catholic upbringing–suffer first on this earth, then get your reward in heaven–but I believe that only those who have endured a northern winter can truly enjoy

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Little Phobias

The pandemic is abating, the world is slowly opening up, and for almost everyone this is great news. But for hermits, introverts, highly sensitive persons, and molluscoid types like me,

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Latest Posts

Rethinking Showers

Good grooming, advises Amy Vanderbilt in the 1967 edition of her book of etiquette, which I received as a wedding present, means “a daily, and often twice daily, shower or

Read More »

My Mother, on Beauty

When my mother turned seventy, she said, “The trick at my age is not to try to look forty. The trick is to be the best-looking seventy-year-old in the room.”

Read More »

Curls vs. Waves

I went on YouTube for advice on my pandemic hair, which was last cut on February 5, 2020, and found dozens of sites that help women to deal with curly

Read More »

Organ Recitals

  “Then the podiatrist looked at my little toe and said, ‘Lady, what you have is a…’” But just as things are about to get interesting my friend claps her

Read More »

Smells

My mother has just rung the bell of my paternal grandparents’ apartment in Barcelona when she spots a smudge of chocolate on my chin. She whips a handkerchief out of

Read More »

Not Yet

It may be my Catholic upbringing–suffer first on this earth, then get your reward in heaven–but I believe that only those who have endured a northern winter can truly enjoy

Read More »

Little Phobias

The pandemic is abating, the world is slowly opening up, and for almost everyone this is great news. But for hermits, introverts, highly sensitive persons, and molluscoid types like me,

Read More »