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Around The Sun, I’ve Gone Again

July 23, 2010

I’ve now made 32 trips around the sun, riding along this bright planet. Had the most wonderful birthday. If this year has begun as it will continue, I’m in for one of the best years of my life. The day started with sleeping in late, a hot shower and a delicious breakfast. A decadently large [...]

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Heading South For the Winter

March 24, 2010

The Southern winter, that is. Martin just bought the plane tickets for our family to spend the entire month of July in Argentina with his family. He grew up there, and was the only one to leave. His parents and three siblings all live within a few miles of each other in Buenos Aires, with [...]

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Road to Nowhere

February 15, 2010

My dad’s ‘neighborhood’ is getting civilized. At the bottom of the rocky hill, still half a mile from the nearest paved road, they’ve put a street sign at the intersection between his private dirt road and this dry streambed.

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Apparently evil runs in my family

October 12, 2009

I just spent the weekend in Buffalo with my family of origin, most of whom I had not seen in nearly five years. The occasion: one of my youngest cousins got married. Funniest moment of the night: one of his drunk-drunk-drunk friends dragged me onto the dance floor, started playfully grinding his ass against me, [...]

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Shopping: the sacred back-to-school rite

September 5, 2009

My mother came over the other day. I’d asked her to come by and help us sort through Rio’s wardrobe, get her room set up for kindergarten and make a list with us of morning and evening routines to support school success. When she arrived, Rio asked her to take us to Target and buy [...]

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Grateful for my mom

August 5, 2009

Today’s gratitude: my mom. I was driving down the road today, thinking about my mom and how I never see her these days. She’s busy with work and I’m busy with the kids and somehow our lives just don’t overlap much, even though she lives not far from me. I wish we had more time [...]

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The gift of 'princesses', no batteries needed

June 19, 2009

My mother gave Rio a bicycle for her birthday. A purple bicycle covered with Disney Princess decals. Safe to say, this was her dream bike, long awaited. She spent many winter afternoons sitting on Nana’s lap fantasizing about the bike that would magically appear to her when she turned five. So of course my mom [...]

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Happy Easter!

April 12, 2009

Candy!, originally uploaded by MzMuze. We’re not big Easter celebrators in my house, but we do love any excuse for a party. Today, courtesy of our friends and family, we had the most conventional Easter I can recall since my own childhood living with my Catholic grandparents. Our day started with church, followed by an [...]

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transitional objects?

March 27, 2009

Do you still have a transitional object from your own childhood? What sort of role does it play in your life now? My answer: I have the pillow I’ve slept on every night since I was two years old. As that sentence implies, it plays the same role in my life now that it did [...]

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What I Did With My Summer Vacation

July 25, 2008

I’m back at my house, and my computer, after ten days in Maine training to be a Waldorf preschool teacher. The past two weeks have been among the most dense in memory. Since I last posted, in no particular order: 1. I have learned many wonderful and exciting things about caring for and teaching young [...]

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