Are You There, Spring? It’s Me, Insane Mom

March 17, 2014

This Saturday dawned breezy and cool. By afternoon, it was positively balmy. Baseball try-outs and bike rides! Sunny stoops and cold brews! Instead of the drab snow-and-mud patchwork I’d grown used to in my backyard, I saw some color breaking through – crocuses, raising their purple beaks to the sun. Spring at last? Not so […]

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What’s Your Happy Song?

March 14, 2014

We were in the car driving home from swimming lessons when this song came on the radio. “I love this song,” said Miles from the backseat. “It makes me feel good.” It IS pretty catchy. (Even if the video’s a little freaky, as I just discovered.) Everyone’s got their happy songs, don’t they? Judging by […]

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Inspiration Can Come from Anywhere

March 12, 2014

I subscribe to several fashion magazines. Because ogling expensive dresses I will never buy is apparently my hobby. This page made me laugh. In case you can’t read it, the red circle says: “The Inspiration: Assoulin’s hand-painted racing stripes were a tribute to her son’s favorite movie: Cars.” Now that’s my kind of designer! Nothing […]

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On Going to the Movies Solo

March 10, 2014

One of the cool things about being a freelance writer is that it basically gives you free license to ask anyone anything, and you can camouflage it as “research.” Being on the shy side, I was never one to strike up conversations with strangers. I feel weird asking people too many personal questions. That is, […]

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Why Is This So Hard for Guys?

March 7, 2014

This is the scene that greeted me the other day when I walked into my bathroom: Baffling, isn’t it? Does it really take SO MUCH more time to actually put the T.P. on the roller thingie? They’d rather go get ANOTHER roll and set it on the counter instead of just replacing the used-up one […]

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Where I Go All Fan-Girl on Lupita Nyong’o

March 5, 2014

I have a thing for unlikely success stories. I like people who defy the odds, don’t follow the crowd. That may have something to do with why I — like the rest of the world — am currently enthralled with Lupita Nyong’o, who just won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in […]

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I Have Big News!

March 2, 2014

So I’m approaching a milestone birthday in a few months. Yep, the Big 4-0. And even though I witnessed it happening to friends and even my own husband, I was surprised when I myself started to feel the onset of something like a midlife crisis. The urge to shake things up, try new things, break […]

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To My Son on His 5th Birthday

February 28, 2014

Dear Riley, Congratulations on turning 5! This year, your birthday was all about ninjas, Legos, and Star Wars. Any toy that comes with a little guy and some sort of sword or lightsaber or rocket-launcher is your kind of toy. You are way more into Legos and action figures than your big brother ever was, […]

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Work You Love

February 25, 2014

In one of those worlds-colliding scenarios, I’ve been reading a lot of career-related articles for a writing project I’m working on, while at the same time giving (solicited) life and work advice to some friends, while at the same time reading my usual blogs and links on Twitter. Yes, I consume a LOT of data […]

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How I Ended Up Painting School-Kids Like Hindu Brides

February 21, 2014

This weekend I will be volunteering at my younger son’s school fair. I am happy to do this. All the parents will pitch in for an hour or two and a good time will be had by all. But I must warn you: if you are ever asked to volunteer at a school fair, DO […]

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