Category Archives: Memoir

Sex Tape

True confessions time, Dear Reader. Somewhere floating around in the ether there exists a certain rather racy video of me and another person- a guy- and well… Not to put too fine a point on it- We’re in bed and … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day, Dear Readers.  Here’s wishing you all a wonderful holiday.  I hope it’s the best MD ever. I had a glorious time visiting Boston for my granddaughter Carly’s first birthday.  The birthday girl- and her parents- enjoyed it, … Continue reading

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Me and My Big Mouth

  I know it’s usually not a great idea to talk to strangers. But I do it all the time. Some of the best things have come from talking to a total strangers.  Rides from the airport, great tips about … Continue reading

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Hailey’s Comet

MRI UPDATE: Good News! The Leading Doc In His Field says that my MRI (two hours, btw) shows that I am healing on my own and that no further surgery will be required. Whew. Thank you to all of you … Continue reading

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That’s me, Dear Readers, this past Saturday.  One week out of the hospital and what a difference a week makes. I’m not quite out of the woods yet.  I have an MRI scheduled for April 18 and a meeting with … Continue reading

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Dear Readers, In case you can’t recognize me, that’s yours truly lying in a hospital bed. (Hospital to be named later.  After I’ve recovered.) I went to the emergency room and five days later, they released me. Long medical horror … Continue reading

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Rear View Mirror

(Photograph by Linda Schwartz) This photograph was taken on October 12, 1990.  In case you don’t recognize us, that’s Nick Ross age 10 on the left, Natasha Ross age twelve on the right and Ellen Ross age none of your … Continue reading

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Liar, Liar

There was sad news from the pop music world this week.  Cory Wells, one of the three singers in the band, Three Dog Night, had died in his sleep on October 20. (That’s Cory in the middle.) He, along with … Continue reading

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“Wild” by Ellen Strayed

Ever since I moved back to the city of Chicago, I have been on a kick. It’s called walking. I walk everywhere.  It started as a good way to see my brand new neighborhood and get some exercise at the … Continue reading

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Yesterday, September sixteenth, was my daughter Natasha’s birthday. Thirty-seven years ago, she made her entrance and my life changed forever. All you parents know what I’m talking about. I- the most reluctant of would-be participants in the reproduction game- had … Continue reading

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