June 20, 2014


war negotiation strategies: kids

This morning I was negotiating a treaty between the feuding countries of Hers and His, with the latter region’s delegate secured in the bathroom. The drawbridge was up; there was an emote of tears. “The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu, a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician. […]

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June 18, 2014


everything we love is on loan

Carol saved takeout containers, always sending people home with leftovers, yet somehow managing to amass a small architectural village behind her cupboard doors. A “mini-hoarder” my father used to tease. “What, Don? Ya never know.” When my father sat Shiva for his wife Carol, who recently passed away on the half-birthday of Lucas and Abigail, […]

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May 30, 2014


make a-hole of yourself, week one

There’s a checklist attached to the application forms for the Nadel Center Early Childhood Education (NCECE) program at B’Nai Israel in Boca Raton. Under the masthead, “Making the transition easier for your child,” read some of the following suggestions: {Insert big blank because I lost the paper} Among the list, it will surprise you to […]

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May 16, 2014


orange is the new black: season 2 premiere screening

Natasha Lyonne Orange Is The New Black Season 2 Premiere Screening Ziegfeld Theatre May 15, 2014 NYC

I RSVP’d “Hell yes, plus 1” to an invitation to the famed NYC Ziegfeld Theatre for a screening and after party to follow of the Netflix Original Series Orange Is The New Black. I’m assuming cast members will be present in that distant, let’s look, let’s listen, let’s say we were there with them way. […]

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May 15, 2014

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queen bee musical moments?

Kid-friendly Musicals Streaming on Netflix

At home we’ve been working on how to respond when we’re playing a game in a group during recess and a friend swoops in and says, “We’re playing it this way!” And what to do when the whole group goes along with what that friend “suggests” or “directs”–if it’s a safe, fair suggestion, even if […]

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May 12, 2014


get used to it

French Tulip Wreath

Last week while Phil was out of town on business, the school principal called to tell me that she spoke with “Kind Sir” during recess, and that he seemed very anxious, sitting with the dandelions, blowing the soft petals in the wind with his eyes closed. “I’ve never seen him like that.” He was concerned […]

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April 29, 2014


clever love

I hovered over the kitchen island, waiting for you to finish up your makeshift meal of leftover steak served on paper plates. Wheels of burrata cheese, floating on tomato islands, striped with basil ribbons and an olive oil stream. Eat with your fingers. I’m not washing forks. I couldn’t take it anymore. I was wiped […]

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April 28, 2014


put a ring on it – health updates

Phil got some alarming health news this week. Phil’s father died in his 30’s of a Cardiomyopathy (“Heart Muscle Disease” having nothing to do with a poor diet).  Phil has a Cardiomyopathy. Phil is 47. Phil is now in complete heart block (Third-degree AV block). Since we’ve been married, he’s had emergency heart surgery. Nurses […]

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