Month: August 2020

a sleeping woman

I’m An Insomniac. And I’m Sleeping Like a Baby During the Pandemic

“You know, don’t you, that Cleo chewed on your hair while you were sleeping last night.” Kent, my beloved, is speaking to me from across the kitchen counter about the irascible pandemic Bernedoodle puppy we adopted together six months ago.  And no, I didn’t know that. “Yeah,” he continues. “I took her out to pee because she was barking frantically at 2 a.m. and when we got back to the bedroom, she jumped up on the bed and went straight for you.” I never heard the barks. I never felt the chews. I am a 56-year-old menopausal woman and I was sleeping as if I were dead. It wasn’t always this way. For as long as I can remember, I have been an incurable insomniac. As an anxious 23 year old who felt inadequate to the task of grownup life, in lieu of sleep, I’d stand by the stove late at night cooking the only thing I knew how to make —  — tapioca pudding  — and eating it warm right out of the pot, …

Sleeping in My Clothes: Holding Tight to Impetuous Youth

I woke up this morning in my hotel room wearing a bra and beautiful purple flowered Rachel Roy dress, one that always makes me feel beautiful and yields compliments. It’s the dress I’ve worn recently to an important business meeting and am gearing up to wear at a talk at a library. It’s made of polyester (in China, of course), but feels elegant and classy. It is not the kind of dress one should sleep in, but the kind that should be treated with the utmost care so that it lasts as long as possible. It’s a dress I’d be sad to have disappear from my wardrobe, and yet…I still didn’t take the time to remove it from my body and hang it up, or at the very least, drape it from a chair. But alas, that is part of my vice: sleeping in my clothes, alongside sleeping in my glasses (or having them fall haphazardly onto the floor), sleeping with the lights on, not brushing my teeth or using moisturizer before bed, and generally …

a yellow telephone from the 1970s/80s

Making Prank Calls: Finding Retribution as a Kid in the 80s

Growing up, I was a good kid. Forever on honor roll, obedient, well-mannered, and respectful. The kind of kid teachers in the late 70s and early 80s left in charge of the classroom when they had to step out for a moment. The kid who wielded that piece of chalk like a weapon and wouldn’t hesitate to write your name on the board if you made a sound or got out of your seat, in the teacher’s absence. So I guess it would be more accurate to say I was a full-fledged goodie two shoes back then. Rules were meant to be followed. And I learned early on in elementary school that following the rules and getting good grades was an easy way to stay in the teachers’ good graces. And staying in teachers’ good graces was important to me — until sixth grade when I had a teacher who had disdain for the kids who got good grades. Some of us overheard Mrs. K* tell another teacher that she didn’t like the weekly gifted-and-talented …

Get Tickets! Gen-X Variety Show: “Slumber Party”

This one promises to be a snooze fest. No, really. For our 8/18 edition our theme is Slumber Party and we’re putting on the pjs, making the prank calls and we might even levitate someone. As always, our evening includes storytellers, music and more. Join host, Margit Detweiler and friends for an evening of fun, chat and true stories.   Get your tickets now! A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls which provides music education and mentoring that empowers cisgender and trans girls, women and/or gender non-binary youth and adults  Our guests include: Ada Calhoun : Author of Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis” Karrie Myers – Astrologer & Wellness Guide Deesha Philyaw: TueNight editor and the author of“The Secret Lives of Church Ladies”  LaFrae Sci: Musician, Composer and Co-Executive Direct of Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls Jenny Douglas – Founder of The Brooklyn Cottage, television producer, and helper-of-women-going-through-divorce. With opening gab and goss from TueDo List editor Margaret Crandall and Aparna Mukherjee Stiff as a board, light as a feather…

An Astrologer Tells Us Why We Need to Take a Nap Right Now, And Start Dreaming

“I just don’t know what I should be doing right now!”, one of my clients lamented recently.  “The world is so messed up, there’s so much I should be doing, but I don’t know what to do!” “Get some sleep,” I said. “Sleep? There’s literally a protest going on outside my window!” “So, go join it. And when you get home, take a nap. Neptune is in Retrograde right now, which means all your illusions are being stripped away. Now, you have the space to dream big, without the limits of money, patriarchy, racism or age-ism. But you can’t dream if you don’t sleep.” As an astrologer, I deal every day in the area of dreams.  In the beginning, I thought becoming an astrologer meant I would be reading symbols that helped people discover their true, radical, unapologetic selves, so that they could stop trying to live the lives of others and fully embrace the life they were born to live. Astrology had helped me do that in my own life, and I wanted to …