Posts Tagged: personal essay

A Different July 4th -Dispatches From the Hospital

I knew this year’s July 4th was going to be a different one. Disillusioned and deeply disappointed in our country, this was not going to be a celebratory holiday for me. America’s democracy was already in critical condition when the

A Different July 4th -Dispatches From the Hospital

I knew this year’s July 4th was going to be a different one. Disillusioned and deeply disappointed in our country, this was not going to be a celebratory holiday for me. America’s democracy was already in critical condition when the

A Birthday Tribute to my Beach Loving Mother Betty

I got my deep love of the water and the beach from my beloved mother Betty. Born in Brooklyn on Bastille Day, her lifelong enthusiasm for the sand and surf was deeply infectious and I caught the beach bug very

A Birthday Tribute to my Beach Loving Mother Betty

I got my deep love of the water and the beach from my beloved mother Betty. Born in Brooklyn on Bastille Day, her lifelong enthusiasm for the sand and surf was deeply infectious and I caught the beach bug very

My Own Grey Gardens

Late last Monday, my American Dream was auctioned off. On the cold granite steps in front of town hall, my house of twenty-one years was sold in a foreclosure sale. As the late afternoon sun cast a golden haze on

My Own Grey Gardens

Late last Monday, my American Dream was auctioned off. On the cold granite steps in front of town hall, my house of twenty-one years was sold in a foreclosure sale. As the late afternoon sun cast a golden haze on

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

Stanley Labrador retriever

A Happy Christmas Tail

My dog Stanley has long had one favorite toy. Despite a large wooden toy box overflowing with bones, balls, and chewy playthings of all shapes and sizes, from the time he was a tiny puppy he has always gravitated to

Stanley Labrador retriever

A Happy Christmas Tail

My dog Stanley has long had one favorite toy. Despite a large wooden toy box overflowing with bones, balls, and chewy playthings of all shapes and sizes, from the time he was a tiny puppy he has always gravitated to

Ms Magazine – Pushed to Be Betty Draper I Was Always More Like Don

After Ms Magazine ran a piece on me as an artist a few months ago, I switched gears and decided to pitch them a story about my Mad Men-like childhood where I was more Don Draper than his wife Betty.

Ms Magazine – Pushed to Be Betty Draper I Was Always More Like Don

After Ms Magazine ran a piece on me as an artist a few months ago, I switched gears and decided to pitch them a story about my Mad Men-like childhood where I was more Don Draper than his wife Betty.

Mum’s the Word When it Comes to Fall

I hate Mums. There, I’ve said it. Yet I just returned from the local nursery loaded down with a dozen or so pots of this despised plant. As summer annual flowers begin to fade, the vacancy in my terra cotta

Mum’s the Word When it Comes to Fall

I hate Mums. There, I’ve said it. Yet I just returned from the local nursery loaded down with a dozen or so pots of this despised plant. As summer annual flowers begin to fade, the vacancy in my terra cotta

hand and paw

In A Crazy Year of Pandemics and Pandemonium My Dog Gave Me Hope

In a year filled with unprecedented tumult and loss, it also became a year of unexpected gratitude and hope. Against the tragic backdrop of a pandemic and political and personal calamity 2020 will be remembered by me as the year

hand and paw

In A Crazy Year of Pandemics and Pandemonium My Dog Gave Me Hope

In a year filled with unprecedented tumult and loss, it also became a year of unexpected gratitude and hope. Against the tragic backdrop of a pandemic and political and personal calamity 2020 will be remembered by me as the year

My Birth Day

As I sadly prepare for my home to be foreclosed I think of my first and most primal of evictions. My birth, when I was unceremoniously cast from the womb. On my birthday today, my mind naturally goes to my

My Birth Day

As I sadly prepare for my home to be foreclosed I think of my first and most primal of evictions. My birth, when I was unceremoniously cast from the womb. On my birthday today, my mind naturally goes to my