Of course when you are paying so much for organic groceries, you do not have much money left over to buy a new winter coat. That’s why I shop for my clothes in consignment shops. So on my way to pick up my two young Chatterings from school, I threw our car into park at…

It is hard to look outside at the brilliant yellow leaves and not think of one of the world’s greatest appreciators of the eternally changing seasons: a Seattle writer named Waverly Fitzgerald. If you don’t know her work and her website “The School of the Seasons,” I am thrilled to be introducing you. “Each season…

With the hot movie about Truman Capote still in the theaters, everybody’s rereading Capote’s “In Cold Blood,” the true story of two men with closeted sexual issues who brutally murder a wholesome Kansas family of four. I say, “There is another way to understand this remarkable author!” You’ll find a deeper, sweeter, still-alienated Capote in…

Not long ago, as I was walking out the door of a “Gesture of Awareness” meditation retreat held in a hip section of lower Manhattan’s Chelsea, I nearly collided with Michael Imperioli, the actor who plays Tony Soprano’s drug-addicted nephew Christopher on HBO’s mega-successful, crime-family show “The Sopranos.” You could say that this was just…

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