Monthly Archives: January 2016

Check, Please!

Based on a True Incident… Cast of Characters: Ellen, a beautiful, brilliant and sophisticated divorcée, her brother Kenny, a really good guy, Norman, a suave vegan man-about-town and The Waiter All the action takes place in Booth 11 at a … Continue reading

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“That’s Nice.”

Bright and early the other morning, my daughter Natasha face-timed me from Boston. “Hi, Mom, we’re back and Sam wanted to say hi.” (My grandson Sam was entirely engrossed in his train set but when he heard the face-time sound, … Continue reading

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No Chopsticks and The City

A Very Politically Incorrect Play For A Sunday by Ellen Ross Cast of Characters: BFF’s Charlotte, Miranda and Carrie All the action takes place in Jade Gardens, a fictional Chinese restaurant. Charlotte: (sweetly) Where have you two been?  You are … Continue reading

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Teacher’s Pet

Author’s Note: Although the teachers referred to herein were my high schools teachers, I ask you, Dear Readers, to now remember your favorite teacher, coach or mentor. Someone who really changed the course of your life in a positive way.  This … Continue reading

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Posted in Education, New Trier High School, Teachers, Tributes, Winnetka | 12 Comments

Grabthar’s Hammer

This past week sucked.  First the legendary David Bowie dies. Then Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch announce their engagement. Yuck.  No.  Better make that eww. But just when I thought the news couldn’t get any worse… The Universe threw me … Continue reading

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Posted in Actors, Movies, pop culture, Tributes | 6 Comments

8, 27, 34, 4, 19, and the Powerball is 10!

As Sophie Tucker famously said, “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor.  Rich is better.” And by the time you read this, the suspense might be over.  As of eleven p.m. yesterday, it looks like some lucky SOB in Chino Hills, California might … Continue reading

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Posted in Money, Philanthropy, pop culture | 10 Comments

GrayDate

….So I’ve been dating for awhile now.  And you know what, Dear Readers?  I have come to the conclusion that dating at my advanced age is… Weird. Make that weird and unnatural. As I walk around my neighborhood, I constantly … Continue reading

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Posted in Dating, Gender politics, pop culture | 20 Comments

Monkey in the Middle

A Comedy of No Manners by Ellen Ross Cast of Characters:  Ellen, a charming divorcée of a certain age, Pierre, a very handsome man of about thirty-eight; Marie, another American Airlines traveler All the action takes place in Row 19 … Continue reading

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Postcard From Boston

Hello, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea.  This is Sam Tofias, your roving cub reporter, checking in from Boston, Mass.  I’m writing this blog post today because my Gran is still recovering from her whirlwind Christmas … Continue reading

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Posted in Boston, Grandchildren, Grandparents, pop culture, Restaurants | 10 Comments