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I've lived an unconventional life in conventional trappings. Been a corporate VP, worked with foster kids, acted in an Indie ("Nurse 1"), was on Jeopardy!.
I've been managing editor of a travel publication, written for the Times, and authored books. OS is my home, but I also blog on The Huffington Post, and I've contributed (mostly anonymously) to everything from encyclopedias to guidebooks.
Married young, divorced late; married late, widowed early, I dated lots in-between -- and survived a scary illness. After being happily, peacefully solo for many years, I'm now happily married again.
I founded and still edit www.sololady.com, a lifestyle Website for single women. I'm truly grateful for each precious day, each well-earned wrinkle, my family, my cat. Truth, laughter, friendship, late love. And this blog -- on this wonderful site!
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Like many of us, I'm sharing this historic night with family and friends and I have high hopes that it will become a celebration.
So, a couple of tips.You may have some, too:
-- Have cameras and video ready to go.
-- Put out a buffet… Read full post »
In 2000, 537 Florida votes changed history, and we’ve suffered mightily since. That’s why it’s crucial to get out every vote possible next Tuesday, and not forget about the cohort that numbers over a quarter of the electorate: single women.
Before the Pennsylvania primary CNN commen… Read full post »
In July, 2001, two weeks after I reserved a cabin on an island off the coast of New Brunswick Canada for a romantic getaway with my husband Chaim, he was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor, and three months later, he was gone.
The next summer,… Read full post »
I was in a hotel room in Quebec Canada breaking up with the man I had been living with on and off for five years, and when that white Bronco came on the TV at the foot of our bed we stopped breaking up and stayed together through most of the… Read full post »
It’s National Singles Week (Sept 21-27), for those of us who are everything but married, who now comprise the majority of households, according to latest stats. Because we’re marrying later and living longer, many of us will spend most of our adult lives single. And if we outlive o… Read full post »
The Obama team is suddenly making a huge effort to gain women’s votes, but many die-hard Hillary supporters – dozens of my acquaintances -- remain bruised and confused. The fact that Palin is on the ticket when HRC wasn’t even vetted may turn out to have been… Read full post »
With another school year starting, I think back to my least favorite first day in class, back in the 1950s when I was beginning seventh grade at Nautilus Junior High School in Miami Beach. Kids called it “Nauseous” because of the color of the facade, and the lousy lunch/… Read full post »
Hillary was superb on Tuesday night. Bill did his best on Wednesday, despite his pique. But the commentators and pundits keep digging, keep nitpicking. The fascination with this powerful couple never seems to end,
I actually met them a few times. For his second apology about Monica Lewinsky, Presiden… Read full post »
As I watched Senator Kennedy speak eloquently at the Democratic convention, I felt such empathy for him, and for his family. My late husband, Chaim Stern, was diagnosed with glioblastoma in July, 2001-- the same type of aggressive tumor afflicting Ted Kennedy. And seeing the senator's… Read full post »