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If you’re a writer, and you haven’t yet read the NYT piece about being a “bad art friend” — please — dash over there and have a read. It is a whole lot of bizarre on all sides. …


What is lost when generational growth is discounted

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Recently I read an article about women being more vocal in their doctors’ offices. According to the story in The Sydney Morning Herald, women are speaking up about issues related to peri-menopause and menopause. No longer willing to just accept the challenges of the “change of life” — hot flashes…


Here’s why it took so long and why now that doesn’t matter a bit

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Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is but a broken-winged bird that cannot fly… — Langston Hughes

My debut novel came out last week. It’s a story based on the life of my beloved grandparents — two of whom I knew and one I made up. It’s…


Sometimes you just have to trust that the bulk of your work is done.

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As I have written about more than a few times already on Medium, I recently returned from a two-week cross-country road trip with my 22-year-old daughter. We drove from LA to NYC with stops along the way. …


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I returned a few days ago from a two-week cross country road trip with my daughter. Being out in the world, attached to the earth and marveling at its wonders was a truly soul-edifying experience.

There are things I missed about being home — my husband, my son, my dear…


It’s not just Hollywood that makes LA hard to define.

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I’m a New Yorker for almost 30 years now and I still find LA to be an experience like no other. I’ve been to visit more than half a dozen times and every time I am struck by how both unique and surprising the place can be. …


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As I embark on a two-week cross-country journey with my young adult daughter — a trip she and I talked often of when first she decided to go to college in LA — I can’t help but wonder why this idea beckons to me in such a deep-seated way.

When…


They are worth it and so are you.

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They say there are moms who won’t hug their children. Dads who kick them out of the house. Parents who cannot love their children because they are lesbian or gay or bi or trans or queer. …


An open letter to those considering drastic measures.

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Don’t do it.

That’s not why you came. Don’t cut out on your own party. In the mess of this life, perhaps you’ve forgotten, but you came for the delicious taste of water on a hot summer afternoon. You came for the…


Pet ownership is a lifelong commitment. Know that before you break a fur friend’s heart.

My beloved Ollie.

It all seemed lovely when it began. People were adopting pets like mad during the pandemic. Shelters were empty. Rejoice! All these beautiful, loving pups getting new homes. And lonely people were going to be lucky enough to know the unconditional love of a dog. Spectacular! Amazing! …

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Novelist. NYC. Debut novel: Sometimes A Soldier Comes Home out now! Order online where ever good books are sold. jesscio100@gmail.com

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