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Hard at work on homework

March 14, 2014

So this is my little girl, at quarter past her bedtime, hunched over a packet of worksheets. She’s adorable, still wearing her ballet outfit from the afternoon. And she’s feeling pretty good: she’s getting to stay up late & have some special, focused time with Mommy. She breezes through the worksheets; the material is no [...]

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Weighing My Weight

March 7, 2014

A few years ago, I abruptly started gaining weight. Several things seemed to collude around it: I stopped breastfeeding, I hit my mid-30s, and my work became more sedentary all at once. I didn’t worry about it. Over the past three years though, I’ve put on over 40 pounds. That’s a substantial portion of my [...]

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Belatedly, the new year

January 28, 2014

Each year at the winter solstice, my loved ones and I set intentions with a word or phrase that we hope will sum up our coming year. Am I allowed to change my word of the year, even if that word was stability? I say yes! A month in, I’m coming to realize that what [...]

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Would you like to wrestle…

November 18, 2013

Serena has been playing this game with the toddler we take care of, where she asks him if he’d like to wrestle under a variety of circumstances and he says “Yeah!” enthusiastically. She always does this when they’re riding in the car together, and at no other time. Not really sure what’s up with that. [...]

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If You Give A 9-Year-Old A Cell Phone…

November 14, 2013

People. This is what happens if you give a 9-year-old a cell phone. She calls you in the middle of the day from the park (what park? who can say?), to tell you that there are no trash cans there and there’s a lot of litter, so she wants to call city hall and let [...]

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This Moment

November 13, 2013

There’s a toddler asleep on my lap. I’m sitting here, reaching over him gently to type and realizing that I’ve been doing this move – reaching across a sleeping baby to write – for almost ten years. And probably not for much longer. My own kids are big. The biggest one is growing fast towards [...]

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“Vacation” at Home

November 11, 2013

I’m on “vacation”. I haven’t gone anywhere, and I don’t plan to. I’m not taking the week off from work, and my kids are going to their various school and extra-curricular events. Nothing’s really changed. Here’s what I’m *not* doing this week, though: everything else. No doctor’s appointments. No theater tickets. No dinner dates with [...]

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The Bridge from Summer to Fall

August 29, 2013

So we’re all home from Maine now, and catching our breath. It’s the last gasp of summer, with a foot already into fall. School starts next week for the little one, Parts & Crafts starts a week later for the older. I’m going back to my temp gig at Harvard next week, too. We’ll all [...]

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Of Wasps and Words and Other Things

August 22, 2013

Today Serena clamored out of the lake and said, “A warm towel! A warm towel!” as she wrapped herself in fluffy goodness. Then she paused and said, “Mama, was there ever a time when there weren’t towels? When towels hadn’t been invented yet?” “Yes,” I said. “What did people do to dry off then?” she [...]

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Rethinking Food In My Life

August 14, 2013

I’ve been a vegetarian for 31 of my 35 years on this earth. This week, I’ve tentatively begun experimenting with eating some meat. This has been a long time coming. Several years ago I went through an elimination diet and discovered that I’m sensitive to wheat and soy; they exacerbate my chronic sinus problems. I [...]

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