Standing nice and tall

Most of us recall being reminded by our parents or teachers to practice good posture by telling us to “stand or sit up straight.” We probably paid little attention to this advice, although good posture is associated with self-confidence and good looks, if nothing else. Little did we realize that these early words of advice have... Read more →


Food that gets you in the mood

Let’s face it. Men don’t really need a “food” to get them in the mood, yet for centuries aphrodisiacs have been discussed in reference to what men want or need to increase their libido. Who are these men? From my own observation, the presence of a woman seems to work rather well to increase a man’s sex... Read more →

DVD Releases

New in stores

‘Get Smart’ The Complete Series Would you believe you can capture all five seasons (138 episodes) on 25 discs plus over eight hours of bonus material of this classic 1960s spy spoof in one magnificent box set? Created by the brilliant Buck Henry and Mel Brooks with a wink and a nod to two hot film franchises of the time... Read more →


The Pope is a woman!

If a young virgin can give birth to the Son of God, perhaps it’s also possible that an extraordinarily intelligent and ambitious young girl can become a monk, a cardinal, and, eventually, the Pope. That’s the premise of Christopher Moore’s exhilarating new musical, “Pope Joan,” now having its world premiere in... Read more →


Wine and dine

I go to a lot of restaurants and wine bars, both with friends and as required by my demanding editor. But, I rarely return to most of them. The exception — the new Saluté wine bar. I’ve adopted it and it’s my official hangout. You can now find me there a couple of nights a week, because it’s wonderful. First,... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Becoming your mother

Ever since my 2-1/2-year-old son pointed to a picture of my mother and said, “Mommie,” I have been aware that I have fallen into the inevitable and have become my mother. I was not one of those teenagers who vowed never to be like my mother. My mother treated me with respect and allowed me to be my own individual. But now, as I... Read more →

Community Profiles

Examining another world through the lens

VIRGINIA — Jona Frank was walking across a campus parking lot, en route to cover another assignment, when a startling sight forced a sudden stop. Parked before her was a late model Geo Metro, covered in bumper stickers supportive of conservative causes, including a centrally placed, “Bush Cheney ‘04.” But it was... Read more →


A search for peace

An innocent 16-year old girl seduces the boy she has loved all her life on the night before he is to leave for the war. In the case of Jim Leonard’s disturbing new play “Battle Hymn,” the war happens to be the Civil War and the girl is named Martha. Pregnant and disowned by her clergyman father, Martha then pursues her lover... Read more →


Feelings of guilt tear at one’s soul

The call came at 1 a.m. — the call that never should have come, the call that Bruce would have moved heaven and earth to prevent. The call ended everything when an apologetic voice dealt the fatal blow — his wife had suffered a heart attack at work and died. Bruce went through the motions as the autopsy, funeral and aftermath took... Read more →


Nutritious dips for the big game

Super Bowl snacking is typically thought of as a carnivorous feeding frenzy, but these vegan-inspired treats will turn even the most bloodthirsty fans into PETA petitioners. For those who think that meat eating is an essential contact sport, understand that you can meet your nutrient needs on a vegetarian diet. However, a vegan voyage might... Read more →


Dating and drama

Trying to find love with an old college acquaintance doesn’t always work. Sometimes, it can be downright heinous. I met Miller at ASU. He was on the periphery of my core group of friends; one of the few guys I’d never slept with, so when we reconnected via Internet, there was intrigue. Miller was always crazy about me. I... Read more →


Making 2009 the year of the family kitchen

For many kids, New Year’s Eve means chowing down on pizza and soda while watching movies with the babysitter. But my childhood tradition on Dec. 31 was very different. For me, New Year’s Eve meant driving two hours into New York City to shop at the specialty market, Zabars. It meant donning my fanciest dress-up clothes, costume... Read more →


Making dinner exciting

In my house we are cooking every day lately and enjoying it immensely. The hard part is coming up with new ideas of what to have for dinner. I get that comment all the time in my cooking classes, which is why so many people take classes — to learn new stuff! I have been perusing through old cookbooks and that gets me motivated to branch... Read more →

Community Profiles

Creating hope for cancer victims

More than 1.4 million people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and three in four families will care for a family member with the disease. It will be difficult, daunting and debilitating — but thanks to Westside resident, Dick Lippin, Chairman and CEO of the Lippin Group, help is now just a phone call away. Over the... Read more →