Cool Looks for Hot Weather

One summer when our children were small, we rented a beach house with another couple. My friend Gwen was between jobs that July and offered to stay with her kids and ours during the week while the other adults headed back to our desks in the city. We spent a great first weekend together, then…

The No-Show

Here’s the secret to breaking in a new pair of shoes without blisters: just choose the right socks. Foot coverings have come a long way in the last few years, and with the exception of sandals, designers are now sewing up socks that protect toes and heels in every style of shoe, even foot-cleavage models…

Sleeping Naked

My husband sleeps naked every night. I do not. I wear a t-shirt and a pair of non-descript bikini underwear. This is what I have always done. At least it was until I went on my last trip to Las Vegas. I decided to experiment with sleeping naked. And I found that I liked it.…

Learning to Relax

Are you laughing already after reading the headline? For many women, relaxation can seem as elusive as a unicorn, the mythic creature that symbolized purity and grace in ancient Greece. The daily pressures of our lives, including work, family and the new age-related adventures we are suddenly dealing with often conspire to interrupt our sleep,…

Diet Quickie: Nuts

When I travel these days, I make sure to pack a nut sack. (And yes, I giggle every time I say that.) I don’t want to be stuck on a plane or in an airport without something to snack on. And a bag of nuts is the perfect travel companion. Nuts are portable, they don’t…

Celebrating Father’s Day (The MiddleSexy Way)

This Father’s Day, in addition to the barbecues, brunches and bundles of ties, socks, golf balls, sweaters and bathrobes you have planned, may we suggest another kind of gift for the man you are celebrating: a really good role in the hay. It can be low-key and spontaneous, say Sunday after lunch when the guests…

Shaving Face: How Women Do It

As I get closer to menopause, one of the physical changes I notice is that I’m getting hair in new places. The backs of my upper legs, a little outside the armpit area, and on my face. The first two have been easy to take care of. A quick swipe of my razor and they’re…

Crazy Is As Crazy Does

Nothing makes my husband crazier than cleaning out closets, and nothing makes me crazier than dealing with my husband when he is cleaning out closets. The event usually goes something like this: Him (from deep within a closet in an annoyed tone of voice): WHY do we have ALL of these ratty towels (or old…

5 Things I’ve Learned About Sex in the Last 10 Years

This is a big year for me. I’m turning 50.  My oldest kid is heading off to college. And I’ve now been married to my second husband longer than I was married to my first one. And I’m happy about it. Adding to my marital happiness is the fact that I still want to have…

Fashion Quickie: The Wedge Heel

My friend Lisa showed up for dinner the other night suddenly towering over the rest of our short girl posse. The source of her newly gained five inches – yes, five – was a jaunty pair of strappy black wedges. The wedge, also known as a wedge boot or a “liftie,’ is a shoe or…