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…


My Great Grandparents from my father’s side made their way to America in the early part of the 20th century — to escape the Russian pogroms. They were coming to America for the opportunity not just for a better life, but for religious freedom. …


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.” …


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 is the fiftieth anniversary of the book, Are you there God, It’s Me Margaret, by Judy Blume. I read this book when I was ten or eleven which rewinds the days of my life to 1975/76. This book was the first prepubescent book I read that made me realize…


In times of duress, like trying to run a business during a global pandemic, I have seen mostly the greatness of humanity- the generosity of spirit, the love and kindness from clients with their words, their purchases, their care. …

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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