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I’ve Got My Bitch, Let’s Go!

Funk’s life insurance policy expires in less than two years and it’s made me evaluate being married for 43+ long-ass years. The GOOD: After 20 years of being afraid to step on a plane, I started flying again in 2016. Still, I’m an uneasy flyer. Last spring, Funk escorted me to Hawaii, stayed 3 weeks, […]

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To Kill My Mother?

Today is three years since my mother died. I had just arrived New Orleans five days prior to be with my son for a month, when I got the call about my mom. She had a stroke and was put on life support. Basically, her worst-case death scenario was playing out: Having a stroke and […]

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Busting Chops

I’m a sentimental fool. Sentimental and contradictory. I love ceremony and tradition, yet I’m compelled to add my own shine to anything I do. In the family I grew up in, Thanksgiving included all the standard American traditions, but the holiday was meh, just something for my Italian mother to get through on the way […]

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Boomers and Freewheeling Tits

Civil rights. Woman’s rights. Assassinations. War. Protests. Music. Peace. Love. Real talk. Tree-hugging. Spirituality. Alternative medicine. You-are-what-you-eat. Baby Boomers. A collective who created a most drastic change, in one short decade. We mobilized, raised our voices, got shot for doing so, became outcastes for envisioning a better world. Beautiful leaders, like Martin Luther King, Jr., […]

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World, Can You Please Stop Crashing and Burning?

When is the world going to stop crashing and burning? Last month, I received a call from my publicist who had just received horrible news regarding his health. It seems all last summer he’d been dealing with what he was told was a minor health condition, and the ailment had just turned into something major. […]

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More Dead People

More Dead People. Funk and I went to see the “Grateful Dead” last weekend. We chose a show in Connecticut because the venue was close to the gravesite of my grandparents on the Squitiro side. A few weeks before the trip, I was really excited at the thought that I’d be standing within six feet […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

“I’m here to light people up.” Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead said that. And it’s true. His band has been lighting me up since 1973, with my first show at Watkins Glen. Their music transcends my being much the same as prayer does. Both connect me to the higher source. Comforts. Inspires. But unlike […]

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