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The Power of Routine

Creatures of habit. We put the same hand in our coat sleeve first each time, the same eye up to the viewfinder of a camera, same same. They say we …

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It takes a Pandemic

I once read that if you’re struggling to find your life’s purpose, you could reveal it by looking to your behavior on the evening of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. What …

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Falling In Love Again

I haven’t had a glass of wine in over a year. I think. I keep meaning to, but I never follow through. It’s not that I’m off the sauce or …

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Coffees + Coats

My coat is too lightweight for the weather. I’m rushing Spring. It reminds me of Mom at Lea’s soccer games. Half numb, fingers stinging, we’d hurry off the sidelines to …

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Spring Perfume Edit

Spring in New York can mean salted driveways and goose-feather coats or pastel cardigans and pedicures on display. It’s the time of year where you can’t quite lug your sweaters …

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Recovery

He was in the pediatric emergency room when I found him. It wasn’t my son, but my husband, on a gurney in a robe, hooked up to machines. Weeks earlier …

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Degassing, a technical term

I still kind of want to kiss the screen when I chisel out a beautiful turn of phrase from a raw block of unedited thoughts. You won’t find any such …

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Henna Hand, Henna Hair

Henna. People use it in their hair. I did this once. I came out of the whole ordeal looking like the niece of Ronald McDonald. But on this occasion—the celebration …

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Tea for two (years)

Want spontaneity in your life? Every night I hook up with a different lover. #teaporn #tealover #paristea #harneyandsons Paris is my favorite flavor tea of the Harney & Sons brand, …

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Have Your Cake

I have views on candy thermometers: should a recipe call for the use of one, it should also call for Valium. There’s bubbling and timing and directions about steady streams. …

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Cherry On Top

I‘m obsessed with cherries. Our wedding invitation had a cherry blossom belly band. Our daughter’s middle name is Ruby, which is about as cherry-flavored as you can get without naming …