Monthly Archives: August 2010

My Father’s Make-up Kit

A few days ago, I received in the mail a small, flat-rate box from my dad, who lives in New York City. Inside was a letter, which was handwritten in pencil on yellow legal pad paper, along with two clippings from … Continue reading

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The Ideology of Partition

Both of my husband’s parents immigrated to West Bengal as very small children from what became known as East Pakistan at the time of India’s independence –now the country of Bangladesh. If you saw the movie, Gandhi, you might remember the scenes … Continue reading

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Bruce Lee and the Lost Art of Ping Fu

I used to put the game of ping pong in the same category as Tic-Tac-Toe chalked onto the sidewalk. It was a game you played at a youth center while waiting for your ride: fun, but definitely more recreational activity … Continue reading

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The Ruben Principle

Ever wonder why some people seem to have an easier time of things professionally? I’m talking about the servers who rake in the tips, the sales people who really connect and the business owners who seem to make all the … Continue reading

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Enlightened Self-Interest or Just Selfishness?

It seems that some people have a real problem with navel-gazing. It’s not enough that they don’t choose to partake in it. Just the idea of someone else doing it (and…o.k…writing a book about it) sends them into a vitriolic … Continue reading

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The Kindness of Strangers

My brother, Todd, would have been 46 today. We lost him ten years ago after a long, valiant and ultimately heartbreaking struggle with heroin. This sounds depressing, and I apologize for that. But I can’t apologize for the amazing journey that was his life and what he … Continue reading

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When Grandma Got Stuck in the Garage

I grew up in the Hollywood Hills in the 70’s. At the time, most of my friends were groovy little kids with kulots, knee-highs, French-cut glittery t-shirts and/or really big afros. A lot of the parents looked a little like hippies but were really in the entertainment industry, like … Continue reading

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Eat Pray Love: The Challenge of Hinduism in Hollywood

Okay, I admit it: I never finished Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Eat Pray Love. It wasn’t because I didn’t like it. I did like it. A lot. It was just that her voice in the book reminded me so much of one of my highschool girlfriends’ –smart, funny … Continue reading

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One Who Can’t Dance Blames the Floor (and Other Useful Proverbs)

Idiomatic expressions are a time-honored way of conveying ideas and making them memorable. In their book, Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath site proverbs as among the most effective and enduring ways to impart knowledge.  It’s safe to say that every culture uses them. … Continue reading

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The Grand Personal Legacy Project

Not long ago, Chris Guillebeau of AONC fame posed a question about something in an old David Sedaris article.  It was something called the Four Burner Theory, which postulates that, in order to be successful, you must give up one “burner,” … Continue reading

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