In Search of the Perfect Hot Chocolate

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All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

Charles M. Schulz

My mother was a chocoholic and I happily indulge, the joy of the moment outweighing the guilt of a few extra pounds. But I had no idea when I arrived in Paris over 3 weeks ago that chocolate –in fact, the finest chocolate in the world, has its commercial roots here in this deliciously aromatic city. Continue reading “In Search of the Perfect Hot Chocolate” »

Living Unscripted: Taking the Leap Into the Next Act

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I did it!

My father passed away at the age of 87 earlier this year and in a somewhat shocking and rebellious act, I, at 59, a devoted mother of four and grandmother of three, didn’t show up for our family Thanksgiving at my daughter’s in Boston. Instead, I sublet my apartment in New York for six months, packed everything that could fit in two suitcases, stuffed even more in a carry-on bag and got on a plane with a one-way ticket to Paris. Continue reading “Living Unscripted: Taking the Leap Into the Next Act” »

Living Unscripted: Taking Off the Gloves: Cat Fights & Comfort Zones

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The air conditioning and heating industry set their units to 72° referring to it as “the comfort zone” because at 72° neither the air conditioning nor the heat turn on. If it’s warmer or colder, one or the other kicks in bringing the temperature back to 72°. Pretty cool as a metaphor for living … we get a few perfect days in our comfort zone and the rest of the time, we gotta do the work to get it back. Continue reading “Living Unscripted: Taking Off the Gloves: Cat Fights & Comfort Zones” »

Living Unscripted: When Is Love Real or Just Imagined?

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By Shaz

“Who hasn’t had real relationships with imaginary people or imaginary relationships with real people? What else were the arts invented for if not for consummating the deep and necessary loves that can only be lived in the imagination?” -Joseph Campana, Poet

On more than our fair share of enchanted evenings, my gal pals and I have met strangers, seriously, across crowded rooms . . . Continue reading “Living Unscripted: When Is Love Real or Just Imagined?” »

Living Unscripted: Connecting the Dots in Paris

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I decided to make Paris the first stop on my six-month journey when my friend Karen and I went to a revival of Jacque Brel. Swept up in the music, I had an urge to reacquaint myself with the language, my mind conjuring up a picture perfect postcard of Paris in winter. Paris was also the first stop on my first trip to Europe when I was 14, and I remember being infatuated then with this deliciously romantic city. Continue reading “Living Unscripted: Connecting the Dots in Paris” »

Living Unscripted: Map Dance—I’m Lost in Translation

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This is my 8th trip to Israel and I realize now that all the other times I’ve been here, I was on a tour bus, in a private car (with a private guide), flown in and out for business meetings by an old client of mine –or escorted by one or more of my Israeli family members. In each case, someone else was responsible for my health and well being…all I had to do was look, sit, get up and follow. This time, however, I’m dropped off most mornings at a train station 20 miles north of the city where my cousins live. Continue reading “Living Unscripted: Map Dance—I’m Lost in Translation” »

Living Unscripted: Game Change: Adding ‘Play’ to a Date

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By Shaz

I had cupcakes with Paley’s “ex” (husband) to celebrate his birthday after bumping in to him at a cabaret. Poor ole “ex” wasn’t looking so good. Sobbing in his scotch over hurting the woman he’d been seeing for a long while, he bemoaned, “I’m not that kind of guy”. . . but as it turns out, he is that kind of guy. After months of eating only her cheesecake and massaging only her toes, he lusted for another and was caught Continue reading “Living Unscripted: Game Change: Adding ‘Play’ to a Date” »

Living Unscripted Audio: Life & Love–It was a Great Ride

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The last time I needed crutches at least it was because of a ski accident and then I had a house full of family to push a wheelchair, grocery shop and cook. Living alone, crutches were my chariot and I was limited to traveling as far as my arm strength would lift me –or hail a cab in the wintry weather, limping, open toed in long skirts . . . Continue reading “Living Unscripted Audio: Life & Love–It was a Great Ride” »

L.U. Audio: Stepping Back– A Great Way To Move Forward

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I’ve never been a risk taker, don’t gamble — but I do see life as an adventure, rarely afraid to test the water, curious to see what happens . . . whether it’s going up to a guy sitting solo at a bar to ask him to join our table or take a pole dancing class . . . why not? But living life on the back end of menopause is “challenging.” Opting to age gracefully and not give in to hormone replacements, I’m so aware of my brain slowdown… of being “a tick behind.” A woman I met this morning told me about her recent attempt to play doubles tennis, “my brain ran over to get the ball, but my feet just didn’t follow . . . I’d be great at triples, if they’d just let us play triples!” – I soooo get that! Continue reading “L.U. Audio: Stepping Back– A Great Way To Move Forward” »

Living Unscripted Audio: Romeo, Romeo, Where the Hell Art Thou?

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Theaters have wings – open areas stage left and stage right behind the proscenium walls where the actors (along with the sets and props) “hold” before making their entrances on to the lit stage. In my unfinished script, the dramatic exiting of the three most important male relationships in my life to date (my dad, my ex and the 8-year relationship with the on-again, off-again BF from out of town) left me standing on an empty stage, wondering who would appear in my next act? Continue reading “Living Unscripted Audio: Romeo, Romeo, Where the Hell Art Thou?” »

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