Some people love going to the gym. I’m not one of them. It’s not the exercise that bothers me; it’s the actual facility. While others see treadmills, elliptical machines and free weights, all I notice is sweat, germs and stress. Rather than join a place overflowing with bodily fluids and a lack of personal space, Read More →

I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve asked—some might say nagged—my significant other to open the prized case of expensive wine he has relentlessly guarded for years. The client who presented him with the generous gift twenty years ago didn’t expect him to pass it down from generation to generation like a Persian rug, Read More →

My sister was neck deep in cardboard boxes and bubble wrap, tackling the overwhelming task of moving, when she asked if I would take my nine-year-old niece to dance class. I had seen several episodes of the reality show Dance Moms featuring an overbearing dance coach and backstabbing, overzealous stage moms, so I had an idea Read More →

I like to consider myself a resource—a human Google for friends who may need a contractor, mechanic, or hair stylist. Yet, after one-too-many referral disasters, I’m retiring my personal search engine service. No more “He’s reliable, honest, and won’t overcharge you” or “Mention my name and you’ll get an appointment sooner.” I’m letting the real Read More →