#LegallyBlonde15: 15 Ways We're All Elle Woods

Fifteen years ago, Legally Blonde was released and I was told by every single person I'd ever met that I had to see it.  Relax, people. I'm in the middle of an internship. I don't have time to go to the movies. ...more

Better in the Morning: Guest Posts & Interviews

Guest Post on Chick Lit Club ConnectI describe Better in the Morning as Sex and the City meets Ghost. If you're a believer like me, you know these five things to be true: Click here to read my guest post on ChickLit Club Connect entitled Will all of the believers please stand up?...more

RHONY = Gilligan's Island?

It's hard for some people to understand. How or why does a highly educated, mature adult watch a television show where the women act like petty teenagers?Well, you can't help what you're interested in and if you're interested in analyzing human nature, I have to say Real Housewives of New York is something into which you can't help but sink your curious teeth....more

To the Person Who Stole My Bag

With my phone and credit card and keys.You cost me more than the $5 in cash that was in my bag. Thankfully, the credit card company did not hold me responsible for your $5 charge at Ralphs supermarket and, I later learned, $267 charge at Walgreens, but I still had to get a new phone and change my locks.You also cost me a lot of mental stress. But, that's not difficult to do for a neurotic writer....more
FernRonay He had his phone & rental car keys on him as he walked along beach talking with me ...more

Best Advice My Mother Ever Gave Me: GO!

17 year old Me: I don't think I want to stay in New Jersey forever.  I think I want to go to college out of state.Mom: GO!20-something year old Me: My application to Fordham Law School got lost.  F$^%!  I think I'm going to Boston.Mom: GO!30-something year old Me:  H is being transferred to Chicago.  I think we're moving.Mom: GO!...more

7 Things You Understand If You Have/Had Italian American Grandparents

1. "God Bless" gets added to practically every sentence. ...more

Casting Books I Love: Thought I Knew You by Kate Moretti

Sometimes, when I look at the television guide and see that there is an entire day of Dateline: Real Life Mysteries lined up on Investigation Discovery or OWN, I’m ecstatic.Then, I flip through each of the episode descriptions. Saw that one. It was the husband. Saw that one. It was the wife. Saw that one. It was husband. Saw that one. It was the wife’s boyfriend. Damn. Oh well.So, when I read the first line of Thought I Knew You, I was hooked: “Greg and Cody disappeared on the same day.”...more

Casting Books I Love: The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard

If you really love a book, you get to the end, to that part where it all comes together in a twist you never expected but that’s so delightfully satisfying, and you scream to yourself “Yes! I love it!” and maybe do that little kicking thing with your foot. But, at the same time, you don’t want it to end because you don’t want to be separated from these characters you’ve grown to love and you don’t want to leave this world you’ve been inhabiting.  You bring your foot down and maybe sigh....more

OJ Simpson on FX: Questions re Ep 1

 In Defense of OJ ...more

Laugh at yourself. Everyone else is.

I don't exchange holiday gifts with my in laws. We usually fly to them for Thanksgiving and time spent together is better than time spent, possibly wasted, trying to find a gift we hope each other likes. So this year when my sister in law told us to keep an eye out for two packages, I couldn't imagine what was coming. The first one arrived in a cylinder shaped box. It turned out to be an original Rocky poster for my husband (yes, Rocky, circa 1976. Pretty cool). So, I was on alert that the next package was "more for Jen." (I'm Jen at home)...more