Introspeckshun

Clarity

I think I was Latina in another life.  My friends can all testify. I love Mexican food. I should probably own a cilantro tree – it would be more cost effective. Handmade tiles make me swoon. And I’ve never met a taco I didn’t like. (Yes, I’m straight.) I’ve been known to ingest obscene amounts of […]

Just Like Sex

Last week marked the anniversary of my mom’s death and my first tattoo.  No, I did not rush out to get inked just as her spirit ascended from its earthly home, you brute.  I waited three years to the date.  Then, after my dinner shift ended and my tips were counted, I rushed to the […]

C’est La Vie

The year 2011 was anything but boring.  A momentous year filled with ups and downs, highs and lows, it did not disappoint with one tumultuous rollercoaster ride of surprises at every turn.  Watching the news, I was reminded of the many victories around the globe for freedom, for democracy, for the common man.  I couldn’t […]

The People vs. The Problem with Being Single

This morning I forgot to brush my teeth before I left the house.  How does that happen?  It’s fairly simple.  I woke up.  I headed straight to the bathroom, reached in the cabinet, grabbed the mouthwash and swished.  Spinach dip, calamari and red wine the night before will do that to you.  I jumped in […]

Greatness Lives in You

This summer, I attended a Jewish Bar Mitzvah ceremony.  At the reception, there was a large, white, foam board with the Bar Mitzvah’s picture on it.  Guests began writing in the space surrounding the picture with Sharpie colored markers that were neatly placed next to the board.  As I stood there for a moment contemplating […]

One Shot, Make it Count

In L.A. you see a lot of everything – homeless people pushing carts with Lakers’ flags attached to each side; label-wearing dog-owner snobs with designer purses housing their miniature barking children; freeways jammed bumper to bumper – Bentleys, BMWs and Buicks alike; red carpets; paparazzi and plenty of weave.  What you rarely see are funeral processions.  No […]

It’s Complicated

There are lots of spiders in Los Angeles.  I’ve seen them.  They lurk in corner cobwebs, under tables and in plants.  They nest in trees and alongside firewood.  When I relocated here from the humid, steamy, insect-laden South, I thought I would be bug free.  I kissed goodbye to the flying cockroaches, hit Interstate 10 going […]