Welcome to Saint Augustine, circa 1953, and also today. Where there isn’t much to do but be. The Fun Bunny is one of those beachside motels that was built–quite literally–on the beach, before sea creatures had a say in where motels get built. It has two claims to fame: The first is that Rue McClanahan … More Fun Bunny Motel! The Difference between Doing and Being
When I announced to my college students that I was going to Tulum for fall break, I followed up with “It’s the Williamsburg of Mexico” to provide further context. One raised her hand and asked “Williamsburg, Virginia?” That was a fair question and entirely amusing to imagine. I explained Williamsburg was once a regular neighborhood … More Holiday in Tulum: Hipster Edition
A dear friend of mine is dying. This feels genuinely sad to me because he is a real mensch. Put another way, he is a thoroughly decent human, if I were in the mood to judge humans in such a manner. He is in his 80’s so he claims his own mortality is not sad, … More My Dear Friend is Dying. In his Honor, I Have Something I’d Like to Say: The US is Racist AF
Is it grotesque to want to make mountains of money? I’m a female, so generally, I’ve been socialized to respond: Ew, gross. Wanting and talking about money is yuck. What’s worse, I’m the white and privileged kind. That doesn’t seem fair. So here I am, being rich already, and plotting ways to try to get … More On Money and Happiness
I intend to throw the perfect holiday party. I can position it somewhere ambiguously close to both Hanukkah and Christmas. Idk why Diwali was near Halloween this year? I’m confused by the Eids, and—let’s admit—Kwanzaa would be a reach for me. What about Festivus? Has too much time passed? Seinfeld references might land flat with … More The Perfect Holiday Party
Things here are getting weird. And they could get even weirder. As in, the opportunity for weirdness is expanding. Take politics for example. Well, actually you could take politics writ large, or insert any geographical context you like, but I’m going to tell you a story I know. It all starts with an unobvious government … More Things are Getting Weird in South Carolina
When a child is diagnosed with a medical condition, or is injured, we all pitch in. We create calendars and sign up to bring meals or entertain siblings. We offer our friends and family unconditional support. But when your child is anorexic, or addicted, or bipolar, nobody brings a casserole. Why is that? Because we … More Why is Having a Child with a Mental Health Condition so Traumatizing?
Hi Friends, I wrote a crazy book! Here is the backstory: I researched and taught all things related to children’s brain development and learning. Side note: We used to think adult brains stopped developing and just waited around to start atrophying. Recent neuroscience suggests that doesn’t have to be true. In fact, you can grow new neural … More On The Writing of Fairy Tales in the Real World