When I first met Celest I knew we’d be best friends when, surrounded by a group of clearly self-righteous 9-5ers, she loudly exclaimed, “There’s no inherent value in being a morning person!” I’m a night person. Period. And hearing Celest utter those sage words lifted me of a 20- year guilt trip I’d been carrying […]

August 10th, 2008

Table for One

I’m a fan of the occasional solo dinner or night out, alone. Maybe my plans have fallen through, maybe I just feel like channeling my inner Garbo, but from time to time, I want to be alone, in public. I’m not talking red dress, martini sipping and eye contact with a handsome stranger across the […]

April 29th, 2008

That Powder’s Not Sugar

I met Celest at Think, one of our favorite casual meet-up spots, for coffee on Saturday afternoon. I wanted to finally see her photos and get the details on her Parisian adventure; she needed to hear the latest on the Italiano (good: he helped me through a recent mouse-spotting crisis at my house/ bad: I’m not wild about […]

February 8th, 2008

Banana Bread and Butterflies

I like guts on a page. When I’m reading a novel I always have to fight the naughty temptation to skip ahead through paragraphs of detailed description and just cut to the chase. The end, final page, finale, tidy conclusion—bring it on already! I only remember the dialogue, the human exchanges, the drama, the stuff […]

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