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Fire up the menorah, baby!

Fire up the menorah, baby!

Happy first night of Chanukah for those who celebrate it. Fire up the menorah, baby! So, years ago (pre-Jim) I used to be the Dreidel Queen: I spent months planning a big Chanukah party for my Jewish and Jewish-adjacent friends. Yes, latkes CAN be made in a tiny studio apartment kitchen…but everything you own will smell like fryer oil for about a month. I grew up in a household...

Home! Sh*t…Home

Home! Sh*t…Home

This happens every time we visit my parents in Vermont: Me: (Looking at mountains) Maybe we should learn how to farm. Or at least live in a farm house and grow a garden. Peter: Um. Ok. But what would we do for money? Me: I could open a comedy club, call it the Improv Ha Ha Hut or something and you could work for the environment. Peter: The environment doesn’t pay people to work...

Tif Bullard: artist interview podcast

Tif Bullard: artist interview podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (74.0MB) Tif Bullard is fabulous. If you don’t know her, you should. I met Tif in 2002 when we were performing in a play in Chicago. Despite her diminutive stature, she stands out in every crowd because of her style — she designs and constructs many of her clothes and puts herself together in a way that would make Hollywood stylists...

Unexpected Choices Week

Unexpected Choices Week

I teach in an after-school drama program at a high school in Brooklyn.  Right now we’re concentrating on improvising two-person scenes that have an inciting incident, rising stakes, climax and resolution.  Basically, a beginning, middle and end.  In one of the scenes, a lawyer tells the ex-husband of her client (it’s complicated) that if he doesn’t leave her (the...

Riding the creative wife’s financial rol...

Riding the creative wife’s financial roller coaster

My income is never consistent. It could be if I took on reliable work, but instead, my husband and I decided it was acceptable for me to make a living in the arts. Bless his heart. Now, I haven’t let go of a steady income stream entirely as I do teach several yoga classes per week. But the pay I receive for those regular classes is dependent on how many students show up. My monthly...

Sisterhood of the Traveling Genes

Sisterhood of the Traveling Genes

It happened about a year ago. While I was writing affirming thoughts in my journal – Visualize abundance and remember that you are unique and special – I looked at my hands. Those are NOT my hands…they’re my MOTHER’S! My eyes scanned the page. That’s my mother’s handwriting! I opened my mouth and cried, “Hells Bells!” That’s...

Interview with Adrianne Carr – for...

Interview with Adrianne Carr – former nun turned minister (Cathleen’s mom)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (42.7MB) Listen as Cathleen’s mother, Adrianne, talks about about her former life as a nun and her current life as a pastor. Ready, Set…Wife! Episode #3 “What Happens When A Nun and Priest Walk Into A Bar…”

Check yourself before you wreck your mar...

Check yourself before you wreck your marriage

Has this happened to you?  You’re on a couples date and the dinner talk goes from two couples laughing together over the latest movie to one couple arguing alone about the husband’s popcorn allergy?  Out of nowhere, the bickering twosome strap on their dysfunctional communication voices and drive the evening off a cliff.  Single people look on from the distance and...

Did your marriage evolve from a .com?

Did your marriage evolve from a .com?

I’m working on an article about women who met their spouses or fiancees through an online dating site. If this is YOU or if you know of someone who might be willing to chat with me, that would be teeee-rrific. Email me at readysetwife@yahoo.com with your name, a little bit about how you met your spouse via the online site, and I’ll get back to you asap. Thanks much! If...

Retirement is a plague upon man!

Retirement is a plague upon man!

A man needs a hobby. The father of a friend has systematically been driving his wife crazy, post-retirement, with his evangelical commitment to doing absolutely nothing.  Armed with an Ensure in one hand and the remote control in the other, he has turned the living room into his sacred temple of relaxation.  Apparently, this behavior is very common for retired men.  My father loves...

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