LIFE

Dr. Nanny

The Sunday New York Times Style section recently ran a little story about the “Nanny Doctor.” People pay Lindsay Heller $200 an hour to mediate with their nanny. We’re not talking about figuring out how to pay for taxes or health care, or sponsoring someone to reside in the country legally. This is about mothers who […]

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The Wanderer

(from the February issue of the Virginia Journal of Education) What happened to Andrew? one of the girls asked. I had lost track of time, and the bell was about to ring.  “Andrew is missing,” I told the office. Missing? Lost? I wasn’t sure how to word it. It wasn’t that much of a shock, […]

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Letting Elmo into Our World

I’m sure it’s normal, but recently I’ve been wondering about my parenting ability. It’s probably because I’m doing the SAHM (Stay at Home Mom) thing, and like any other “job” it has its ups and downs. Only this one is way more emotional, and you can’t take a mental health day. I constantly wonder: Is […]

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Unexpected Inspiration

There is a woman who is at our gym all the time. She’s great at the step and aerobic classes that I suck at. She wears perfectly coordinated outfits, has beautiful olive complexion, a knock-out little body, and an accent that I can’t place. It’s easy to notice her because our gym is no frills and casual, […]

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Seeking Roomate

In keeping with the spirit of sharing something light and humorous on Sunday – here is a little something from the Washingtonian:  “Check Out the Insane Craigslist Post We Found This Morning”   My friend actually lives next to these guys. I swear.    

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Black Friday

If you search Black Friday, Walmart on YouTube, you find some really scary and sad videos. (I’m not even going to post one, because it’s just too dark for me to see all the time.) They look like footage of countries at war, of people running for their lives. Like people trying to escape gunshots […]

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Breaking Traditions

  As you get ready to travel or host your own holiday, be sure to read this lovely Thanksgiving article  from Michael Chabon.   Thanksgiving Is Where the Meal Is      

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Do You Need Anything?

It seems that I fell way off the daily posting wagon. We are spending a few days visiting with family, and I haven’t had much time to myself. Sometimes returning “home” means a regression of sorts to your youth. Sometimes it’s difficult, with strange family tensions surfacing. But mostly, we just get spoiled and pampered. […]

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Mystery Patio Set

Here’s a sweet and inspiring post storm story. Samantha Friedman of DC, returned home from work to find this waiting on her porch. She believes someone made it from a fallen tree.  The story got a bit of local press, but so far no one has come forward to claim the handy work. You can […]

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House in the Suburbs

  People ask us frequently if we are going to move. We live in a third story walk-up, and don’t have a ton of space, to say the least. Everyone expects you to move to a house in the suburbs once you have a baby. Or really, among certain well planned crowds, before you have […]

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