Free Bird

I’ve always wanted to fly like a bird.  Yesterday I got my wish.  My co-pilot, Thomas at (Hangar3 Middletown, NY) let my fly for a bit over a mile above ground (nearly 6,000 feet). Then he showed me how it’s really done with lots of rolls, stalls and swooping turns. It couldn’t have been more…

The Letter

How often does fate intercede to bring us together or keep us apart? There seems to be divine timing involved in so many things, but most especially love.  In the 1880s, my great grandmother Elisabeth Baxter and her beau were separated by the Atlantic for nearly 5 years. He was a young stone mason, who…

Let’s Dance

When we dance, our inner core shines through in a way we don’t normally see. Call it the James Cagney effect.  People who look pretty solid or even ungainly can suddenly take flight when they step onto a dance floor. At the Jewish Center swing dance last weekend, I felt like Jane Austen as men…

The Air We Breathe

Sitting in traffic in the outskirts of London, looking at all the little homes bang up against the motorway, I thought ‘Wow, how can people live like that? It must be so toxic.’ Then it occurred to me, my building in Manhattan is barely 50 feet from the FDR Drive. Today I counted 16 lanes…

Gay Pride

Gay Pride NYC – 2011  Laura and I often joked about hiring a float for the pride parade to celebrate our love.  It would have been the most boring float, two ‘gray gardens’ ladies in a giant bed smooching. Our love story played out at the same time as the most extraordinary and historic gay…