Category Archives: Personal Memories

Collecting Our Uncomfortable Past  

It should come as no surprise to those familiar with my work that I am an avid collector of all things connected to popular culture. My home is filled from top to bottom with remnants of American history over the

Collecting Our Uncomfortable Past  

It should come as no surprise to those familiar with my work that I am an avid collector of all things connected to popular culture. My home is filled from top to bottom with remnants of American history over the

The Beatles, Ed Sullivan, and Me

Anniversary Edition From the Vault Can it really be over half a century since the Beatles burst into our lives on an ordinary Sunday night after which nothing would be the same again? There are few of my generation who

The Beatles, Ed Sullivan, and Me

Anniversary Edition From the Vault Can it really be over half a century since the Beatles burst into our lives on an ordinary Sunday night after which nothing would be the same again? There are few of my generation who

Testing 1-2-3-

I have always been an overachiever when it comes to taking tests. I over-study, over-prepare, and generally over worry. Yesterday I had an appointment for a stress test at my doctor’s office. After the year I’ve had, there was no

Testing 1-2-3-

I have always been an overachiever when it comes to taking tests. I over-study, over-prepare, and generally over worry. Yesterday I had an appointment for a stress test at my doctor’s office. After the year I’ve had, there was no

Women’s March on Washington- Five Years Later

The first Women’s March was five years ago -half a decade of women fighting to defeat Trumpism. It was historical. The largest single-day demonstration in recorded US history. That March felt like democracy at its best. Who could have imagined

Women’s March on Washington- Five Years Later

The first Women’s March was five years ago -half a decade of women fighting to defeat Trumpism. It was historical. The largest single-day demonstration in recorded US history. That March felt like democracy at its best. Who could have imagined

House Under Water

In another installment of Sally’s Sob Story…. Today’s episode: “House Under Water.” When we last left our heroine, many thought she has successfully outrun the cruel sheriff in foreclosing her beloved home and that was all far behind her. Some

House Under Water

In another installment of Sally’s Sob Story…. Today’s episode: “House Under Water.” When we last left our heroine, many thought she has successfully outrun the cruel sheriff in foreclosing her beloved home and that was all far behind her. Some

sally Edelstein and her dog Prince

Why Dogs Rule

Today it’s all about the dogs. In honor of Betty White’s 100th birthday today, I share a wonderful world that once lived in my young imagination, a world I think that she would support wholeheartedly- I called it ArfLand a

sally Edelstein and her dog Prince

Why Dogs Rule

Today it’s all about the dogs. In honor of Betty White’s 100th birthday today, I share a wonderful world that once lived in my young imagination, a world I think that she would support wholeheartedly- I called it ArfLand a

A Mother’s Lessons on Vaccine Advocacy Not Hesitancy

Today’s epidemic of COVID vaccine hesitancy and resistance among mothers would be something totally baffling to my own mid-century mother. “Hesitant about what?” I imagine her asking incredulously? “Saving their child’s life? Resistant to saving neighbors? Who ever heard of

A Mother’s Lessons on Vaccine Advocacy Not Hesitancy

Today’s epidemic of COVID vaccine hesitancy and resistance among mothers would be something totally baffling to my own mid-century mother. “Hesitant about what?” I imagine her asking incredulously? “Saving their child’s life? Resistant to saving neighbors? Who ever heard of

Betty White and Dog

Betty White- Thank You For Being a Friend

  Guest post by Stanley Katz I guess you could call it puppy love. If all America’s sweetheart had ever done was advocate for dogs, Betty White would still be a golden girl in my book. An outspoken animal rights

Betty White and Dog

Betty White- Thank You For Being a Friend

  Guest post by Stanley Katz I guess you could call it puppy love. If all America’s sweetheart had ever done was advocate for dogs, Betty White would still be a golden girl in my book. An outspoken animal rights

An F.A.O. Schwarz Christmas

When I think of Christmas I think about F.A.O. Schwarz, a store synonymous with this season for me. My love for toys that remain to this day, was nurtured here. If it was holiday time, visits to this New York

An F.A.O. Schwarz Christmas

When I think of Christmas I think about F.A.O. Schwarz, a store synonymous with this season for me. My love for toys that remain to this day, was nurtured here. If it was holiday time, visits to this New York

My Not So Secret Christmas Story

To all who celebrate today, whatever you celebrate, in whatever way you choose to celebrate… I celebrate you! Thank you for taking the time to read my words, and hear my voice among the cacophony of voices out there. At

My Not So Secret Christmas Story

To all who celebrate today, whatever you celebrate, in whatever way you choose to celebrate… I celebrate you! Thank you for taking the time to read my words, and hear my voice among the cacophony of voices out there. At