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Nov.22.2013
When I first heard of the great cosmic calendrical concurrence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, I admit I didn't give it much thought other than a cursory: Boy it's coming early this year! I've been most focused on the fact that our daughter will be home soon. And not for some little...
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Sep.15.2011
Here I Am
I recall reading somewhere along the way that the terrible twos were the "first adolescence." Then came the teens, the time we most often link to the word adolescence. During both phases of my kids' passage through these stages of turmoil and tenacious defining of self, I bought books by the...
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Sep.15.2011
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My sixth grade English teacher was markedly overweight and serious about fashion. Her dresses were beautifully tailored and she wore them with authority. I couldn’t wait each day to see how she would coordinate her pocketbook to her dress. Given that she never wore the same pair in any one week,...
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Sep.15.2011
That's the word the guy being interviewed on NPR used. Commonize. I know he meant standardize. But given the English language's continued slide from standardized to bastardized, I suppose you gotta forgive the guy. I don't gotta, but you may if you want. He was talking about the lack of noise...
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Apr.19.2011
 Awoke to a snowfall. One month into spring by the calendar and there was snow on the ground. Snow here. Snow there. Snow was falling everywhere. Passover begins this evening and it was SNOWING. This Hebrew month – Nissan – was decreed in the Torah as the first month of the year. The natural world...
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Mar.16.2011
Some of my most profound realizations steal upon me at the most mundane of moments. Last spring’s revelation arrived while I clipped laundry to the clothesline. Our daughter was nearing the one-year mark of her first year in New York City.  A recent college grad, she was determined to make it: one...
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Jan.31.2011
February's Ladies Home Journal features an article about organizing one's bookshelves by color. The photograph accompanying the article (the above is my rendition; the cat bookends were a gift from my mother some 45 years ago) depicts a shelf of red-bound books beneath which sits a shelf evenly...
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Dec.14.2010
Piece hanging at Archstone Apts.
Artist Jodi Fuchs hangs her hat in Santa Monica (when it’s not hanging in Hawaii or Santa Fe). I met her during a walk through this lovely town last month when we stopped into her studio at the corner of Main and Bay. How does an artist come by a free 2000 square foot space right on Santa Monica’s...
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Dec.08.2010
Latkes frying
You never know when you peel that tenth pound of potatoes for Hanukkah latkes where it's all going to end up. Short term, a latke or two, still sizzling from the pan, will be snatched up by family members drawn to the kitchen by the unmistakable aroma of oil, onion, and potato. Most of those...
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Dec.07.2010
I don't consider myself a fall kinda girl. Born on spring's cusp, raised in the south, I once ripped the first reddening leaf from a backyard dogwood tree, loath to acknowledge what that blushing leaf presaged -- fall followed by inevitable winter. Even then, with our puny winters, I was not a fan...
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Sep.17.2010
I read once that the time of transition -- moving from one physical place to another -- is prime time for misplacing things. Last night's homework goes a-missing  between one class and another. Belts, cell, phones, boarding passes are left behind in those distracted moments in airport security...
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Aug.16.2010
A comment made by Laura Linney in Frank Bruni's wonderful profile of her in last week's New York Times Magazine, stopped me in my tracks. “The undertow of it deals with all of the stuff I’ve been obsessing about anyway: time. Living. Aging. Mostly, the privilege of aging.” Those last four words...
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Jul.30.2010
My good friend and journalist David Crumm, former religion editor of the Detroit Free Press and brainchild behind readthespirit.com, an online home for spiritual wanderers, has taken to the road with his son Benjamin. For forty days they will be retracing a 1976 journey David took across America,...
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Jul.26.2010
I'm home from my three-week residency at the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow and all I can say is, "It was terrific. Productive. Wonderful."  And "Why weren't there more writers there?" It can only be because not enough of you good and talented folks know about it. This post is...
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Jul.08.2010
Haven't even been able to see it myself since I'm out here in Arkansas miles from a Rite-Aid or a Border's where a magazine stand might be found...but I hear tell from my dear husband holding the fort back home that my essay, "My Clutter Calendar" appears in the August issue of Good...
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