PAYBACK – Sarah Spicehandler

At approximately 3:10 p.m. on a September afternoon, Sally was called into her supervisor Octavia’s office and told to close the door. Sally started sweating, and her heart was pounding. When she swallowed, she had no saliva. Octavia was impeccably dressed in a dark blue pantsuit and a crisp, white blouse with large collar lapels. Her jet-black hair was in a perfect bob with a part so straight it looked as if she had used a ruler. Her olive skin was flawless; makeup perfect like a mannequin, and her cinnamon-colored lipstick looked as if it would never wear off. Her … Continue reading PAYBACK – Sarah Spicehandler

A Few Words on Father’s Day – Sarah Spicehandler

 06.2017 NEW YORK — NEW YORK — Six years ago I wrote the poem below to my husband for Father’s Day: On Being a Father Being a father has its joys Like watching your child open new toys Or listening to their happy noise And really relishing that they are boys Being a father has its woes Like tending to a few stubbed toes Or trying to dress them in a hurry And all the while saying “don’t worry” Being a father is a state of mind Like going out of your way to be kind Or showing tough love no matter … Continue reading A Few Words on Father’s Day – Sarah Spicehandler

The Other Side of the Wall – Sarah Spicehandler

10.05.2017  NEW YORK — Recently I was talking to my good friend’s daughter on the phone. As we were catching up, she was telling me that many of her friends were getting married and some even had kids now. She sounded perfectly happy, as she is a busy gal in medical school right now.But she was also lamenting a bit over the idea of feeling hopelessly single.I encouraged her by offering the usual older-person advice like, think positively, have confidence, and be yourself. I smiled remembering how that felt as a young woman to watch your friends get married one by one, wondering … Continue reading The Other Side of the Wall – Sarah Spicehandler

After the Election: What Happens When Friends Disagree Politically – Can You Still be Friends? – Sarah Spicehandler

05.05.2017 NEW YORK — I was never a political person in my younger years, mainly because I never cared all that much about politics — it seemed that whoever was our president at the time, my day-to-day life didn’t change. I had my job, my friends, my family and my life. What did I know about the corporate tax rate, or the current rate of unemployment? The Civil Rights Act of 1964 — which officially outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin — was well in place. Society went on as usual. The color of one’s skin … Continue reading After the Election: What Happens When Friends Disagree Politically – Can You Still be Friends? – Sarah Spicehandler