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I’m sitting at my laptop, my aromatic lavender and cedar candle burning brightly. As I’m compulsively checking my email, a subject line instantly hooks me: “Attackers got thwopped.” I coined the term “thwop” in my book “Beauty Bites Beast.” In the book, I wonder why there’s a word for a viol…

Florynce Kennedy, the late, great feminist and civil rights attorney, once said, “There are very few jobs that actually require a penis or vagina. All other jobs should be open to everybody.”

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After gloating about our room-temperature Christmas weather here in Altadena, my sister, Mary — who lives in Rapid City, South Dakota — almost hung up on me. Telling her I could smell lemon blossoms was kind of mean. Considering it was double-digits below zero in the Black Hills near where s…

Writing a weekly column is a privilege. It’s also sometimes a pain in the patoot. Imagine having to come up with topics that might interest someone other than yourself. I sit in my office chair daydreaming, staring out the window, hoping for crows to visit our fountain. I am dithering, barel…

In 1963, I was in third grade at Wilson Elementary School in the tiny South Dakota town of Huron. My classroom had green chalkboards, and I could always smell the chalk dust. The portraits of white male presidents surrounded the room; no wonder we grew up with the idea that only white men co…

Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude that capitalists have not managed to co-opt like other significant holidays… and for that, I am grateful! However, I have a Thanksgiving practice I do every day. I recommend it, and here’s how it works: Each day, our group of Landmark Wisdom Course grads — …

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Squirming, I agreed to review the new book “Music Mavens: 15 Women of Note in the Industry,” by Ashley Walker and Maureen Charles. I have known one of the co-authors for years, and her late husband, Jon Charles, for even longer. I prayed to Euterpe, music’s muse: “Please, please, please let …

Now that many of us have dipped our big toe back into social engagements, I was at an event, sitting next to someone I didn’t know but had heard of: “Emma Empowerment” (not her real name). She’s a pillar of several communities that empower women and girls. She asked what I do, and I said, “I…

It’s a slow, sweet and thankfully cool Sunday in Southern California. My hairdresser, Susann Edmunds, and I have been seeing each other for 20-plus years and have bonded over many things, yet I still manage to surprise her.

Will Rogers famously said, “If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.” Yes! My husband and I have rescue dogs, a.k.a. kids. I have always had three dogs, ranging from young to middle aged and old, and that is by design. I don’t want to grieve a dog withou…

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