Another year in reflection- pivots, and more resilience than any of us have thought possible. Trips made, trips canceled. Business started, stopped, changed, reinvented. Friendships evolved. New friendships started, old friendships moved on. Family dynamics shifted. Births and engagements, large weddings, small weddings, attending concerts, events again, events canceled, deaths.

Love those dreadlocks.

“The the only good thing about dying young is that everyone will remember you that way. All my friends will age, but in people’s minds, they will only see me as I am right now in my twenties.”

This is what my brother said to me as he took a…

I have written so often about my Grandfather, but my Grandmother, Isabelle, was so important in my life as well. Today is her Yahrzeit — in Judaism, the anniversary of the death of a parent or close relative. She died two days after her 71st wedding anniversary and two months…

Arms and hands up in the air, fist pumping, air drumming, singing every word, screaming like we were on roller coasters, we gathered last night as a group of old rockers.

Finally. After a year without music gatherings, my friends and I used our — one year later — postponed…

“When is your Christmas?” I would often be asked this seemingly innocent question when I was newly married. That would often be followed a few months later with “When is your Easter?”

The people asking this would be referring to Hanukkah and Passover as their reference points. I learned to…

Alayne, you’re very glib, my friend’s uncle stated with a drunken slur back when I was in eighth grade. He had staggered in to a room full of thirteen year old girls who had taken over his bedroom for a sleepover and he was not happy.

He quickly (and appropriately)…

I hurried home after sleeping at my partner’s house the night before. I was not leaving for any reason other than the precious hour of six to seven in the morning to be able to sit in the beautiful surroundings of my own garden.

My partner and I each live…

“I want that.”
“And that.”
“Oh and that too.” I heard myself saying to my Uncle as we Face timed on the phone this past month; and though I could hear a voice of reason whispering inside of my head, my heart was the voice that seemed to be speaking for…

My grandfather died.

He was 103 and had an amazing life. He died peacefully in his home just like he wanted. I am at his beautiful Florida home as a self appointed organizer and have ended up staying for almost a month. It feels indulgent and a little bratty, but…

alayne white

A self proclaimed lover of all things beauty, business + lifestyle, and a typewriter enthusiast, I write because it feels good.

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