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I spent nine years with my ex-boyfriend, Bernard. It would have been easy for me to decide that Bernard wouldn’t marry me because I wasn’t good enough or I wasn’t the woman he wanted–because, in short, he had rejected me. […]

In the book I talk about the first big love of my life: Bernard Levin. We met on a panel for a British TV show when I was 21. Bernard was twice my age exactly, with an encyclopedic knowledge of […]

Growing up in Athens, I would venture away from home out into the neighborhood, but I was never without a mother. Every woman on our block would treat me like her daughter, whether it was to feed me or scold […]

After eleven years of marriage, when it became clear that divorce was the only option, I was consumed by fear: How would I tell my two daughters? If I broke up the family they knew, would it change them irreversibly? […]

After eleven years of marriage, when it became clear that divorce was the only option, I was consumed by fear: How would I tell my two daughters? If I broke up the family they knew, would it change them irreversibly? […]

My daughter Isabella and I joke about another of my fears: that she’ll actually get her driver’s license. The real fear, of course, is not only for my daughter’s safety, but for my efficacy as a parent. I’m convinced that […]

When my daughter Isabella was 11, she became preoccupied with everything she ate. She no longer touched sugar, she avoided carbs, and she exercised constantly. It wasn’t until her 12th birthday party, when she refused to eat a piece of […]

I mentioned finding some kind of exercise you can stick to and enjoy. I am not a naturally athletic person, so when I hit my forties and realized it was either shape up or go the way of my beautiful […]

I grew up in Greece, where people eat lots of fruits and vegetables, a lot of fish, and a lot–I mean a lot–of olive oil. Even healthier was the attitude people had toward their food: one of celebration, gratitude, and […]

Because I am raising two teenage daughters in the image-conscious city of Los Angeles, I have become more aware than ever of the games we play with our self-esteem. As women, we tend to compare ourselves with the flawless images […]