Werk it! Staying fit during Coronavirus lockdown

I get it. Cabin fever is kicking in for everyone. Spring is about to happen, and it’s some of the best weather for outdoor exercise. Please, don’t be tempted. And, New Yorkers- stop running, walking and rollerblading in Central Park. I lived in NYC and I know how wonderful the park is. But, we need…

Coronavirus-it’s not the only five-syllable word out there.

I’ve fallen a bit behind on the postings here, but I have what I think is a good excuse. Thanks to a friend (thank you Shelby!) I have been introduced to an online critiquing group called Critiquematch.com. I had just been searching for writing groups in San Francisco right before the lockdown. I’ve always either belonged to…

So many vices…so much time! #Coronavirus #socialdistancing

I’m taking a break from my whole two days of blog posting about our rocky relationship with California to check in with y’all during this lockdown. No, I’m not Southern, and I don’t know why I keep saying y’all, but it’s my new thing for the week. So much time on our hands, what to…

Fleeing the fire, catching the flu

We drove for seven days across the country from Pennsylvania to San Francisco back in September, to change our lives once again. Our cat, Bjorn wailed and cried the entire time. Yes, he was medicated, but he fought through it, and eventually, I cried. Our other cat, Amira, was a saint the entire time (she…

New Year’s Resolutions? I don’t think so.

“It’s a New Year, it’s a New You!” This is an ad slogan for a diet program that seems to run every year around the holidays to get us all to put the fork down and eat less and therefore, become a new person. I have dropped ten pounds before and I am still waiting…

Sights and Sounds of New York City

There’s a girl crouched down in front of a large chain drug store, cell phone pressed to her ear with one hand, a cigarette in the other. Her nose ring catches the sunlight for just a moment and her mouth speaks silent, urgent words that I cannot hear until I am walking right by her…

Oh, My Aching Back.

There are many terms used to describe spinal disc pain, such as “herniated disc,” “impinged nerve,” and “bulging disc.” After viewing my MRI and seeing the large, blobby intrusion that was stomping on spinal column, radiating pain down my sciatic nerve, I came up with my own term. Little Back Nugget. Let me tell you…

Obsessed with Diners: Not just for breakfast anymore

Sizzling bacon. Fluffy pancakes. Thick, creamy milk shakes. Whether immortalized by singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega in 1981, or as a meal-time staple for Seinfeld and his pals, New York City diners are where it’s at.  I grew up going to diners in Michigan with my dad to have breakfast. That’s really where it started and kind…

Standing and Waiting: How New Yorkers Pass the Time.

New Yorkers will stand in line for anything. Last summer I stood in line at 7:30 am on a Saturday morning to try to get the infamous “Cronut” by Dominque Ansel in Soho. My girlfriend and I waited there for about an hour or so and moved maybe a few feet or so before a…