• 5-3-5-3

    Monday, December 19, 2016 Permalink

    Today, my age matches my height.  I’m 53 and 5’3. That’s got to mean something, right? Maybe best year yet? Or perhaps a signal of a major epiphany headed my way? I know we have ‘golden birthdays’ when our age matches our birthdate.  But frankly, what the hell did I know at 19 on the ...

  • An Open Love Letter to the Gays

    Sunday, June 26, 2016 Permalink

    Today is Chicago's 2016 Pride Parade.  I'll be working on the parade route at my serving gig at Wood.  In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, I'm not as chipper on this gay high holiday as in the past. I know that we aren't just checking I.D.s at the door.  We are also checking bags... ...

  • Happiness this Way: My Guide to Peace and Joy

    Saturday, April 16, 2016 Permalink

    I published my second book in April 2016, Happiness This Way. Following the success of my blog into a book, 500 Days to 50, I decided to reveal my secrets to happiness.  It's nothing earth-shattering.  In fact, it's everything you already know but may have forgotten.  In this crazy world of materialism, competition and uncertainty, ...

  • I thought I couldn’t cook but I was wrong!

    Sunday, March 13, 2016 Permalink

    Shrimp jambalaya When I was a kid, I tried to make Jello.  I failed...over and over!  It was a combination of things. I couldn't wait for the water to fully boil or the Jello to completely dissolve. Although Jello appears simplistic in nature, it continues to be my unsolved mystery.  Back in the day, I ...

  • Today is a New Year!

    Friday, January 1, 2016 Permalink

    Jenny gave me this picture for my birthday.  I love it hard.  It encapsulates all my ideals of living a good life.  She bought it for my new office but I decided to keep it at home for the daily reminder. 2016 has begun. This morning is full of possibilities.  The slate is clean.  I don’t ...

  • Google googled me!

    Saturday, December 19, 2015 Permalink

    Google wished me a happy birthday.  Cool?  Or frightening?  I’m equally weirded out and  pleased with their acknowledgement. I’ve gotten cards, texts, and Facebook posts.  I’ve had a birthday lunch and a birthday drink. I’m certainly feeling showered in lovely remembrances from my community.     I’m 52 today.  5-2! I’m playing with a whole deck ...

  • Dear Bill Cosby,

    Thursday, August 13, 2015 Permalink

    Dear Bill Cosby, I know your life is tough right now.  This IS a fan letter but it’s also a hate letter. WTF?  You were an icon.  You had great stand-up comedy fame.  You were the JELL-O pudding spokesperson.  And the tour de force behind all the voices of Fat Albert in the 70s.  Yet, your defining celebrity ...

  • An Excerpt from My Still-To-Be-Named Book

    Saturday, August 8, 2015 Permalink

    In February, I stopped my personal blogging to focus on writing a book.  If I had to categorize it, I'd say it's a self-improvement book.  I'm enjoying the process and am currently working on Chapter 8.  At my good gal pal Sue James' suggestion, I'm publicizing an excerpt for my past and future readers.  This ...

  • Report Card Day for February!

    Saturday, February 28, 2015 Permalink

    It’s the end of the month.  To keep on my 2015 goals, I’m going to evaluate them monthly.  I don’t want to get to Fall and have to cram for the final quarter. FINANCE:  B In this relentless winter, it’s easy to stay home.  And I’ve been trying to do just that at least one night a ...

  • Happy Oscar Sunday!

    Sunday, February 22, 2015 Permalink

    Every year, I try to see as many Oscar nominated movies as possible.  Following the nomination announcement in January, the race is on!  I get a little obsessive about it. I’m a Walsh after all.  It’s in our genetic makeup to be constantly competing to completion.  Even if it’s just a personal challenge, we want ...