You Are the Light


My heart is aching from the tragic shootings in Orlando. There seems to be no way to make sense of this kind of violence. I am asking myself: How do I make a difference? I genuinely believe that love and beauty triumph over hatred and destruction. When we live our simple, ordinary lives with love … Read more

Flying After Fifty


Every morning, while I’m brushing my teeth, I contemplate the bags under my eyes. After nights of insomnia, I could swear that there are two, fat gnocchi perched under my eyeballs—thick, fat, and doughy. Sometimes the bags are deflated and dark, like two sad balloons. And on other, seemingly rare … Read more

Hope, Excitement, and the Problem of Disappointment


How do you feel when you’ve put yourself out there for a chance at something you really, really want? Whether it’s applying for a new job or asking a guy if he’d like to have coffee, taking those kinds of risks is scary. Why? Because when you take a risk, things might not work out. You might get … Read more

You Get the Same Number of Hours Every Day as Beyoncé


I saw a post on Instagram last week declaring this sentiment: “You get the same number of hours every day as Beyoncé.” The post was captioned, “So slay this Friday, babes!” followed by a string of emojis. With all due respect to Queen B, most of us don’t have the kind of time affluence that she … Read more

Caught Between Generations: A conversation with Dr. Merle Griff


According to Dr. Merle Griff, more than 40% of people in their 40s and 50s have both an elderly parent and a child under 21. She calls this pinch being "caught between generations," and the folks who are experiencing this situation understand very well the implications for their time (not to mention … Read more