Chickens Always Come Home to Roost

05/30/2020 Lori Duff 0

They say that chickens always come home to roost.  Now that the Duff family has chickens, I’ve found this to be literally true.  In fact, one day, the coop door blew shut. When dusk came […]


For the Love of Trefoils

05/16/2020 Lori Duff 0

For years, my daughter sold Girl Scout cookies.  That wasn’t the only reason she was a Girl Scout, but it may have been the only reason I encouraged her to be a Girl Scout.  I […]

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The Quilt of Kindness

05/02/2020 Lori Duff 0

Colleen and Violet were my Angels.  Not the scary fire-and-brimstone kind, but the guardian kind who bring goodness and light and help and possibly a nice snack. My mother was in in-home hospice at the […]


Bast-Et Is All of Us

04/12/2020 Lori Duff 0

My friend sent me, via text message, this picture of her mother’s cat: Something about this cat picture, sent to me two weeks into house arrest via coronapocalypse, spoke to a place deep inside me.  […]


My Marriage Can Drink

04/04/2020 Lori Duff 0

My husband and I recently celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary.  This means our marriage is now old enough to drink. That’s good.  It needs a drink. On the one hand, you could say that the […]


And so on and so on

03/21/2020 Lori Duff 0

Back in the 1970s there was a commercial for Faberge Organic Shampoo[1] that had some All-American looking blonde girl telling two friends about how awesome her shampoo was, and they each told two friends and […]



03/07/2020 Lori Duff 0

The only explanation that makes sense is that somewhere around the age of 70 we go from being mammals to being reptiles and that is why my parents keep their house near the temperature needed […]


I Hate Cigarettes

02/23/2020 Lori Duff 0

When my mother turned 62 years old, in honor of her first Social Security check she threw herself a toga party.  She did not invite my sister or I because, honestly, would you invite your […]


Dried-Up Old Hag

02/09/2020 Lori Duff 0

What my gynecologist actually said was, “Given that you’ll be 50 this summer, the odds of you getting pregnant without reproductive assistance are pretty slim.  So we may want to consider not going forward with […]


Lost and Found

01/26/2020 Lori Duff 0

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t travel well, and this latest trip proves me right. My son and I were going to Bloomington, Indiana via Indianapolis for his audition for the Jacobs School of Music. […]


A Jewish Chinese Christmas

12/29/2019 Lori Duff 0

It seems like a poor marketing idea for a Chinese restaurant staff to piss off a collection of Jews on Christmas Eve. Let me back up. I live in the notch of the buckle of […]

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11/18/2019 Lori Duff 0

My friend called me the other day.  For purposes of this blog, I shall call her Jennifer, mainly because most women my age are named “Jennifer” and I know a lot of people named Jennifer […]


Quiet Burgers

11/02/2019 Lori Duff 0

When I go out to dinner with my friends, it is because I want to talk to my friends live and in person.  I don’t want to thumbtype awkward messages via text or have the […]



10/05/2019 Lori Duff 0

As I write this, we are in what is known in the Jewish Community as the “Days of Awe.”  Granted, a lot of the Days of Awe are spent with half of our number saying […]



09/21/2019 Lori Duff 0

I was on the phone conducting business with someone who was younger than the vast majority of my t-shirts.  This pup of a man described another person, who I hadn’t yet met, as ‘old.’ “What […]

Don't I look sexy in my trifocals?


09/08/2019 Lori Duff 0

If you’ve ever run into me at the grocery store on the weekends, you’ll know that I’m not a particularly vain person.  I don’t mind looking terrible in public if the situation allows.  On any […]


Perfect Peace (At a Price)

08/24/2019 Lori Duff 0

A few weeks ago I went to visit my son in his last weekend at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.  If you don’t know what BUTI or Tanglewood is, let me explain.  Tanglewood is a […]


Taking Up Space

08/10/2019 Lori Duff 0

At 6:00 p.m. last Thursday, I wanted to make a right turn from Ponce de Leon Avenue on to Peachtree Street.  If you are not familiar with Atlanta, I will tell you that this intersection […]

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