It’s time to Take A Yoga Break!

Open Your Heart dude face right

I'm sure you've heard all the bad news about the effects of sitting for 6 or more hours a day--weight gain, increased risk of diabetes and kidney disease, even shortened life span. As someone who has spent her career writing from a chair, as a senior editor at O, the Oprah Magazine, as the author … [Read more...]

Fabulous, Never Better: Selfie Portrait


                                              Two projects I'm working on: First, growing old gracefully. As I … [Read more...]

Writing, part 4: The recipe for success


"Finally!" you're saying. "She's going to tell me how to get my book published!" Well . . . sort of. Since I hate having to read an entire blog, magazine article, or book to get to the point of the tantalizing title, I'll cut to the chase. The recipe for success, whether you're writing a book … [Read more...]

Oh yeah it’s a Happy Monday!

"Cherries" got a thumbs-up on Dr. Oz's website! My morning is off to a great start...

Three reasons for me to be cheerful on a Monday morning, even one where I'm tired because Tootsie was howling for half the night: * Cherries in Winter is on Dr. Oz's website today! Yes, THE Dr. Oz, America's favorite doctor, Oprah's #1 MD, and a man I've personally interviewed and can say, in all … [Read more...]

Cherries a la Skype

Last night, I joined my first Cherries in Winter book group discussion with The Beach Babes of Akron, Ohio (not Baltimore, as previously reported--my bad). Due to the high cost of travel and my low level of glamor, I wasn't able to be there in person, so the Babes and I did the next best thing: We … [Read more...]

Running in Winter: Riiiiiiiight.

Seriously? I'm supposed to run in this?

If you've been stopping by regularly lately, you know I've been training for the More Magazine Half-Marathon (you can check out my blogs here). The training's been going really well--I've gone from walking a 20-minute mile to running and walking a 14-minute mile in four and a half weeks, and I've … [Read more...]

And Now It’s Your Recipe

The excerpt of Cherries in Winter in the November issue of O, the Oprah Magazine also features the recipe for my Aunt Nettie's Clam Chowder, and some of you may notice it's slightly different from the way you’ll see the recipe in the book. Other recipes in the book will be featured on, … [Read more...]

Oh, That Excerpt in O!

I’m still reeling from the amazing excerpt of Cherries in Winter in the November issue of O, the Oprah Magazine! (It’s still on newsstands, and you can also read the excerpt, as well as some of my other articles, here: I'm … [Read more...]

Whistle While You Work, Work While You Work—Just Don’t Eat While You Work


I’m on deadline for an article I’m writing for O, the Oprah Magazine. It got to be lunchtime and, food lover that I am, I got hungry. (I’m not one of those people who says, “Oh, I got so busy I forgot to eat lunch.” I don’t think I’ve ever forgotten to eat a meal in my life.) I put together a … [Read more...]