Comfort Moments

Two Mussel Suckers in the Land of Clam Diggers

Two Mussel Suckers in the Land of Clam Diggers

It is said that the residents of City Island refer to the visitors as “mussel suckers” while calling themselves “clam diggers,” maybe going back to the days when clam digging was in abundance. Clam digging stopped but the name remained.  Until 1896, City Island was […]

The Drama Bookshop

The Drama Bookshop

Most people from my neck of the woods prefer driving to the city. I love the bus. What’s not to love: it stops a block away from my house and in 45 minutes it brings me to Times Square. And so much can be accomplished […]

Mother’s Day Journey into Night

Mother’s Day Journey into Night

It was drizzling and I went to get my rain jacket from the closet. On my right, there was an overflowing laundry basket that wouldn’t close. I looked away from it — to my left. On the way down the stairs, there was a polished […]

On the town with Terry

On the town with Terry

For years, my friend Terry and I have been thinking about a day in New York together. With that, my belated birthday seemed like the perfect excuse to get in the car and get going. After some planning on my part, this is how the […]

Spring effect in the backyard

Spring effect in the backyard

Last night, we pulled the cover off the grill — a major sign of spring for us. As Tom was perfecting our dinner, I walked around to check the footsteps of spring in the yard. It has been raining all day and everything looked so […]

Celebrating four years of JuliaCore barre studio

Celebrating four years of JuliaCore barre studio

For a while, it wasn’t clear where this story should go: Barre Notes or Comfort Zone. It is about barre. But it is the part of barre that’s my comfort zone. The women. So here it is — my Comfort Zone. Every morning I wake […]

“It rained and it rained and it rained…”

“It rained and it rained and it rained…”

“It rained and it rained and it rained. Piglet told himself that never in all his life, and he was goodness knows how old — three was it or four —never he had seen so much rain… The little dry ditches in which Piglet had […]

Railway Ave, Paterson, NJ

Railway Ave, Paterson, NJ

Railway Ave in Paterson, NJ. A place that reminds me of my childhood shopping with my grandmother in Kursk open markets in Russia back in 1970’s.   You come home with this…   And in a few hours, turn it into this…   And then, […]

The City and the Snow

The City and the Snow

Tom’s text message said: “Do you want to stay in NYC hotel overnight Wednesday into Thursday? They are offering due to storm.” My heart leapt into my throat. Of course, I do! But all the other things: the girls, the studio, shoveling? Probably Cinderella felt […]