Dorothy Heller

A writer, blogger, mother, medical interpreter, bookaholic, grandmother, shower singer, translator, tea-aholic and an aspiring songwriter. Still writing her novel and wants to write at least one good song.

Dorothy Heller

Cancelled in the Cloud-Singing the First World Problem Blues

We all think we have problems. But are they problem problems–or are they First World Problems? I’m singing the First World Blues. A company that shall remain nameless (but begins with Blue) cancelled my web site during the pandemic, heartlessly erasing over five years of work. They wiped out more than ninety illustrated posts, each …

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SINGLE BOOMER SURGERY SABBATICAL— The Joy of Nothing

The goal of every self-respecting Boomer is to live forever, physically fit and sexually active, taking up space on the planet, no matter how many Millennials are currently occupying it—even if they’re our own offspring.  If we flunk immortality, we at least want to expire during orgasm while doing Kundalini Yoga as our Fitbits record the electrical activity. Our bodies don’t …

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THE SINGLE BOOMER MEETS THE McSURGEONS

  This should be the beginning of a meet cute, a rom-com, the story of a single female boomer, three surgeons, and my Temporary Disability Dating Profile. Not. And not just because the distinguished medical gents involved are all married. Based on a recent scientific sample of three male doctors and three female doctors, I’m …

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SINGLE AT THE SEDER-WHY IS THIS NIGHT DIFFERENT?

  Oh for the good old days, when holidays preparations and marital status were my only worries and celebrating Passover didn’t involve a real plague.      As if frogs and lice weren’t enough, we’re entering another year of Covid and variants.  But some things never change-tradition!  Those displays of oddly shaped products that as you …

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Pandemic PTSD: Boomer Behind the Front Lines

The news feed for catastrophe changes hourly.   Behind the front lines  conjures images of  Ukraine.  Thank {feel free to insert your favorite deity} that Putin isn’t physically invading Silicon Valley, although he’s made plenty of incursions virtually.  I’m still recovering from Covid PTSD: the experience of being a boomer working behind the Corona Front Lines, …

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Boomers on Ice: The Mature Single and Cryogenics

Hot weather while social distancing temporarily distracted me from the search for the significant other. It’s an unromantic double whammy-pandemic plus global warming.  For boomers like me who haven’t found a permanent partner pre-Covid 19 , the question isn’t when is the next time be we’ll get to have sex, but if. A discouraging thought while sheltering and sweltering in place in …

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Tie-Dyed Twice: Boomer Time Warp and Woodstock

It happened to me when I took my son, then fourteen, to Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert. Searching for garlic fries, I suddenly stumbled on a time warp. Young girls were walking by wearing flowing peasant skirts or blouses with long, straight hair like Rapunzel’s hanging down their backs. Stands were selling funky jewelry with peace signs, …

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Be There Then-Social Networking Solo

Naked bodies soaking in hot tubs under the California sun. Consciousness-raising (with and without hallucinogens), self-awareness at any price)—Esalen in the 1960s. Fritz Perls, founder of Gestalt Therapy, coined this mantra as the slogan of the self-development and actualization movement of the Sixties: “Be here now.” Today, the Standard Operating Procedure is:  Be-there-then. I’m being …

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