Letters from camp.

From the moment we master basic locomotive skills, we humans begin to pursue our independence and separate from our parents. It is as natural and ordinary and miraculous a process as any other in the animal kingdom - which is not to say that it is easy, for either child or parent. No matter how … Continue reading Letters from camp.

Summer 1980.

What began with The Shining, released on Memorial Day weekend, ended, a week after Labor Day, with Ordinary People. In between were Caddyshack, The Blue Lagoon, Airplane!, Brubaker, Urban Cowboy and He Knows You're Alone. It was the summer of Luke and Laura, of Funkytown, Magic and Sailing. The United States led a 65-country boycott … Continue reading Summer 1980.

Better, stronger, faster.

Here is something awesome: there are people in my life who love me despite the fact that they know incredibly embarrassing things about me, like this thing I'm about to tell you. When I was in sixth grade, I wanted to change my name, legally, to Jamie Sommers. I even asked my mother how much … Continue reading Better, stronger, faster.