How I got older and thinner after a lifetime of dieting

I am the oldest menstruating woman in America. Based on an exhaustive survey of nine of my friends, I am the only 54-year-old in the world who still gets her period every month. You’ve heard of people being young at heart? I’m young at uterus. Since neither my crow’s feet…


I’m not loving either option.

Recently, I had to fill out some tax forms. When I got to the box that asked for my profession, I had to stop and think.

I spent the first two decades of my career as a TV writer/producer and the last decade as the…


It Didn’t Work Out the Way I’d Planned

A groom kisses his bride on their wedding day.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if two hyphenated last-namers got married? Like, let’s say Harrison VonHarrison-Lundquist married Muffy Worcester-Wolfe. (All names are completely fabricated. If anyone out there has either of those names, I’m sorry…in so many ways.) …


As if Looking in the Mirror Wasn’t Enough of a Clue

Recently, my friend Amy posted something on Facebook about her New York Times subscription. A conversation ensued whereby it became clear that I was the only person in my digital social circle still getting our physical home-town paper delivered to my doorstep every day. …


9 Tips for Broadway Theatre-Goers

After a miserable pandemic and a half, Broadway Theatres are finally set to welcome (vaccinated) audiences again. Over the next several weeks, Broadway will turn the lights back on. And while I’m thrilled at the prospect (I’m a theatre geek after all), I’m also a…


12 Rules for Houseguesting to Make Sure you get Invited Back

The phone dinged at 8:30 in the morning: “Got on the road early! Be there in 20 minutes!”

Pete, our houseguest for the long weekend, was supposed to arrive at 2pm. According to this practically pre-dawn text he was…


It Went About as Well as a Middle Aged Woman Pole Dancing Could Go

I’m well into my fifties now, so when I look back at how worried I was at forty that I was losing my mojo — all I can do is laugh. Oh, to be 40 again…


For the First Time in More than Two Decades, I had a Few Days 100% to Myself.

A few years ago, Great Britain appointed a Minister of Loneliness. It sounds like the name of a punk rock band, or a Very Serious film starring Zach Galafinakis in a career-making performance…


Life Lessons from the Cha Cha, Rhumba and Foxtrot

I have taken some kind of dance class for most of my life. Little girl ballet classes, teenager Jazz classes, Jewish folk dancing, tap dancing, modern. As an adult, for the past 20 years on and off, I’ve taken ballroom dance…


Maybe You Don’t Have a Passion. And that’s OK.

After a brief stint in corporate writing, I spent the bulk of my career in what I (somewhat affectionately) call the armpit of television: on-air promotions. On-air promotions are coming attractions for TV instead of movies. During my time in the…

Nancy Friedman

Just another Neurotic New Yorker bumbling along The Road to F*ck it as I navigate life with a lot of angst, a touch of humor, and a teeny bit of Botox.

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