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One isn’t the loneliest number, but crazy sure is

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I would like to state for the record that I am not now, nor have I ever been, even a little bit insane. At least I don’t think so. Apparently, if you were raised an only child, as I was, that needs clarifying these days. It has recently come to my attention, thanks to “Octuplet […]

How do you spell p-r-e-t-e-e-n?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

It’s been a few years, but I’m fairly certain I taught my son to speak. I have a dim recollection of spending many happy afternoons coaxing his sweet baby-self to say, “Mama! Ma-ma! You can do it Sweetie, Mama!,” only to thrill to that blessed, blissful day when he cracked a wide, gummy grin and […]

Advice on life and love from fourth graders

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I’m just back from my foray into the fourth grade class Valentine’s party. Pizza was eaten, votes were cast, alliances were made — and broken. It was boys versus girls in all the giggly party games. The boys were trounced — badly. And isn’t it just always that way really? When it comes to games […]

Gullibility: Not-so-PC virus

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Warning: Many Internet users are becoming infected by a virus that causes them to believe without question every groundless urban legend and dire warning that shows up in their inbox. The Gullibility Virus, as it is called, apparently makes people believe and forward copies of silly hoaxes relating to cookie recipes, health scares and get-rich-quick […]

I didn’t mean to kidnap the neighbor boy

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

So, I may have inadvertently kidnapped the neighbor boy. Let me explain As with most things in my life, there is a story here and with almost anything pertaining to me the plea of “OK, so let me explain” will figure prominently. The neighbor boy has been spending the night a few nights a week […]

New house people have problems, too

Thursday, January 29, 2009

One of my many faults (and I surely have far too many to count in just one column) is I am a shallow person who takes comfort in the problems of others. OK, not “comfort” exactly, but a certain sense of camaraderie, definitely. It’s not that I wish harm — or hardship — on others. […]

Old friends are never forever gone

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Yesterday an old friend from high school, back in touch via one of the many online “social networking sites” that allow you to log in and instantly reconnect with the boy who lobbed spit wads at you in second grade, or the gal who sat behind you in 10th grade science, sent me a one-line […]

Let the gift wars begin

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Well, as usual, Mr. Wonderful has just gone ahead and absolutely ruined my life. He does that. It’s his thing. How, you ask? How does this saint of general all around nice-guyness, awesome neck rubs and the ability to just forget all about the time I backed into a wall manage to ruin my life? […]

The myths and realities of believing

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

You never think it will happen to you. I paused. I gulped. I looked around, and then down, into the earnest, twinkle-eyed face of my darling 9-year-old daughter as she uttered those words that strike fear into a parental heart: “Mommy, is Santa Claus real?” This is like “that talk” you know you are going […]

Traditions: The gifts that keep on giving

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

What does one give the 9-year-old who has everything? My children — and most of their friends — are the luckiest children in America. Toys and books pack the corners of their home. Camps and chorus and lessons and DVDs and electronics of all shapes and sizes fill their days. As a result, I cannot […]


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