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Bits and Pieces

You can’t always get what you want, but sometimes, you do get what you need

by Nov 12, 2023
A reflection on the upcoming holiday season, life's big adjustments, gratitude and resiliency.

A funny thing happened on the way to Albuquerque…

by Oct 8, 2023
When just about everything that could go wrong with air travel does go wrong, passengers often revolt. Not this group.

‘Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans’: Embrace the unexpected.

by Sep 10, 2023
The tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 drove home this life lesson for all New Yorkers. Everything can change in an instant.

Rewriting history: The truth we hide becomes the lie we live

by Aug 13, 2023
Being honest with our personal, historical, and political narratives is imperative. It's the only way to learn from our mistakes. New column by Celia Marszal-Iannelli

When it comes to self-care, a regular mani-pedi is a necessary indulgence

by Jul 9, 2023
New column by Celia Marszal-Iannelli: Getting a mani-pedi regularly is a much-needed escape from day-to-day stress.

They say life is a bowl of cherries. Slow down and savor their sweetness.

by Jun 11, 2023
They say life is a bowl of cherries. it's important to savor their sweetness.

Reckoning with the woman in the mirror

by May 14, 2023
Looking straight ahead, I noticed a woman walking toward me. At first glance she looked familiar, on second glance, I froze in my tracks. As the woman continued to walk toward me, I met her gaze and saw the confusion that crossed her features. Then it hit me:  I was looking at a mirror image of myself. Astounded, I realized I looked like my mom.  

Holidays open the floodgates of family memories

by Apr 9, 2023
Holidays are milestones that remind us of how our lives have changed as years and decades pass.

Transformation is an inside job

by Mar 12, 2023
Last week, while I was  walking  to the bay,  I spotted a little green shoot pushing through the dry soil.  Seeing a  tiny herald of spring, my heart felt lighter.  That little shoot was a harbinger of transformation:  The dry hard soil will eventually morph into a colorful landscape. Mother Nature is a miracle worker.

The greatest — and hardest — of these is love

by Feb 12, 2023
Moving from infatuation to long-lasting love is a hard journey, and it takes mutual respect, patience, communication and commitment.