| Dec 14, 2011
It's a beautiful thing to walk through life in love with words. (Not so beautiful when Words With Friends is the object of your affection, as Alec Baldwin will attest.)
Ejection from American Airlines flights and ensuing Twitter battles notwithstanding,...
| May 13, 2011
Q: I recently bought an LG Quantum phone. (You have no idea how hard it was for me to finally give up my reliable RazR-3 ... but I had to.)
Anyway, my grown-up married kids and their friends all have phones that can play "Words With Friends." I wanna...
| Aug 16, 2011
As 2011 dawned, ArLynn Leiber Presser made a New Year's resolution: Somehow, she would get face-to-face with every one of her 325 Facebook friends, over the next 365 days, across three continents.
The reason? In the language of Facebook, "It's...
| Jun 27, 2012
My mom nearly started a revolt at her assisted living facility.
She called me at work recently, upset that a water cooler had disappeared from the dining room. Having been led to believe that it was not coming back, she and another resident conspired...
| Aug 22, 2012
Everyone will exhibit some kind of cognitive decline with advancing years. But the idea that we can shield ourselves from the most devastating brain diseases,Alzheimer's disease and dementia, is an intriguing prospect and an area of great interest to...
| Oct 7, 2011
| 4:27 PM
'The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman'
By Meg Wolitzer
Dutton, $16.99, ages 10-14
Meg Wolitzer follows middle-schoolers Duncan, April and Nate to the annual Scrabble National Championship, where they meet for the first time. April's entire family are jocks...
| Mar 13, 2011
| 2:30 PM
I had two goals before I booked my flight to Europe: Get the lowest price, and travel with the fewest stops possible. Air Berlin offered the best fare, but little did I know its name would be so prescient.
For the first trip outside the country with my...
| May 26, 2012
We're at Cirque du Soleil on the beach, amazed and giggling and holding hands. It's a children's wonderland. We're not children — my husband and I are in our 40s. But we're having the time of our lives, until we recognize a couple we know across the...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 4:32 PM
A TV commercial that pushes the taste envelope: The resulting image in my mind's eye is cricky -- a combination of creepy and icky. I'm reminded, though, of this description of how tournament-level Scrabble players cheat: There’s “banking...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 4:39 PM
Playoffs? You bet! Fans will see new format in 2014...
| Nov 14, 2010
I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections
Alfred A. Knopf: 142 pp., $22.95
It's good to be Nora Ephron.
When you're Nora Ephron, you can get Meryl Streep, who once played a fictionalized version of you, to star as Julia Child in your...
| Nov 13, 2010
The first Stephen King book I ever read was "Different Seasons," a set of four novellas published in 1982. It's a hell of a collection, featuring " Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption," "Apt Pupil" and "The Body," the last of which inspired the 1986...