Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: First, wash all car. Then wax. Wax on…
Daniel LaRusso: Hey, why do I have to…?
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Ah ah! Remember deal! No questions!
Daniel LaRusso: Yeah, but… — The Karate Kid

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Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

I try to live each day like it’s my second to last. That way I can always say, “I’ll do it tomorrow.”

I broke up with my therapist last year, because he accused me of faking it.

One night, I called him from the road, mid emotional-breakdown.

He said, “I’m going to say something that might make you never speak to me again…I feel…


Never touch your idols, the gilding will stick to your fingers. — Gustave Flaubert

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Actual photo in outfit before coffee date

“Do your parents love you?” the ruggedly handsome guy with piercing blue eyes, sitting across from me asked.

I’ve never had typical heroes.

My celebrity crushes have always been the off-beat, edgy bad-boy-types who aren’t your mainstream love interests.

Not sure how or why, but I’ve always been able to manifest meeting certain people (for better or usually worse).

I don’t know if it’s a conscious thing, or if you are just destined to meet people who have impacted your life in some form.

But one…


The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly. —Henry David Thoreau

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“My butt is getting so big!” I vented on the phone to my friend, Erin.

“Isn’t that a good thing?”

“It’s not the good kind.”

Don’t get me wrong, I have great admiration for all kinds of butt shapes and sizes, but I’ve recently felt my butt expand every day like a hot air balloon. …


A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved. —Kurt Vonnegut

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“We are getting a puppy!” my 9- year-old niece announced to me on facetime, brimming rosy- cheek to rosy-cheek with elation.

“We are naming him Charlie!”

“That’s so exciting!”

Annabelle is blooming into a beautiful, strong-minded young girl with her own thoughts about many things.

She likes when I send her make-up, which got me into a little trouble with Grandma recently.

“Why did your aunt send you grown-up make-up?” Grandma asked.

“I love it!” she exclaimed.

I…


Johnny Carson: What is the best way an aspiring starlet could get into Hollywood?

Bette Davis: Take Fountain.

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I could have had a True Hollywood Story.

When I was 23, I was “discovered” while waitressing at a swanky hotel/restaurant in NYC by a big entertainment lawyer who saw something in me.

He gave me his card, and said, “If you’re ever in LA, get in touch and I’ll help you.”

It’s happening! My big moment! It’s all red carpets and paparazzi from here!

I had recently graduated from an acting conservatory and starred in one indie film, so I was…


I don’t hate people, I just feel better when they’re not around. — Charles Bukowski

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Photo by Ava Sol on Unsplash

I was taking an online yoga class last night in my second bedroom. (Well maybe more like 1/2 bedroom). But I turned it into my little zen escape room with yoga blocks, candles, aromatherapy, and mood-lighting. There’s only room enough for one yoga mat, which is perfect.

I take classes, late at night, when the kids have gone to bed. JK, I am the kid! And I never go to bed.

So, I might as well exercise, or the demons in my head will exercise…


I have only one New Year’s Resolution: To Stop Being a Doormat.

I am not your rolling wheels
I am the highway
I am not your carpet ride
I am the sky — Audioslave

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“Hi, I’m Erica Rhodes, what kind of doormat would you like?” is how I used to introduce myself.

“Would you like a cheerful welcome mat that tells you how good- looking you are? You got it!

What about a wallflower mat, you barely notice exists, but you get to walk all over? Coming right up!

How about a sweet, soft, cuddly mat that keeps your feet…


I love things that are indescribable, like the taste of an avocado, or the smell of a gardenia. — Barbra Streisand

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Photo by Kimia Zarifi on Unsplash

I was commiserating with a friend on the phone tonight about our virtual dating woes.

“No one is funny on there!” he lamented.

“I know! And they ask the dumbest questions. A guy asked me, if I had a time machine, where would I travel?

I said, to any time before my Dad died. And he wrote back, ‘:)’!

I get it if you don’t know what to say, but use words, at least. …


This Is Us

A lifetime of memories in and about the place where we rest our heads

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The author at 5 years old, modeling a waterbed.

In bed we laugh, in bed we cry;
And, born in bed, in bed we die.
The near approach a bed may show
Of human bliss to human woe.
—Isaac de Benserade

When I was little, I was so afraid of the dark that I begged my sister to let me sleep on her floor. I didn’t care that it was a hard surface, as long as I wasn’t alone.

Now I’m not afraid of the dark, but I’m very picky about my mattresses. Oh, how we grow and change and choose different things to fear.

“One little blanky for…


If a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them. — ‘A Gentleman in Moscow,’ Amor Towles

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Dad reading in our backyard: Newton, MA

Last week, on October 25th, 2020 my dear father, Dean Rhodes, passed away peacefully at home with his loved ones by his side. When I’ve told friends, “I can’t imagine a world without him,” they’ve comforted me with, “you don’t have to…he’s always with you.” And I can feel that’s true. I realize now that parents teach their children much more based on how they lived, rather than how they tell us to live. …

Erica Rhodes

Comedian of all trades.

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