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6 Good Reasons to Entertain at Home Alone

September 20, 2015

Women who find themselves suddenly single again—whether widowed or divorced–after years as half a couple are often at a loss on how to entertain. I threw my first big party—a properly decorous event—seven months after Lev died, and I have grown increasingly comfortable entertaining at home alone in the years since then. Here are six reasons to entertain: 1. Reciprocate People are incredibly kind to …

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Westward, Ho!

August 23, 2015

Three Coasts in 13 Days From Nantucket to Corpus Christi to Carmel in less than two weeks is a bit of a push, but how could I turn down the gracious invitation of dear friends with a house in Carmel? A married couple can give no better gift to widowed friends than to continue to include them. It doesn’t always happen. For some women, it …

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In the Mood for a Party

July 12, 2015

In one of my earliest attempts to build relationships with other single women after Lev died (and to deal with the sinkhole called Valentine Day), I invited several acquaintances—divorced and widowed—over for an “un-Valentine party,” with a light meal spread out on the big coffee table in my library. We watched one of those comedies about “women of a certain age”—with Meryl Streep, I think, …

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