Wheels Keep Turning

I stayed home with my daughter for the year after she was born. It was the best year of my life. With her attached to me in one of those Baby Bjorn carriers without which I would have been completely unprepared for motherhood, as I had been informed by a cashier in a ‘Babies R Us’ store, I went about my daily business....more
It's through the lens of being an only parent that I find myself viewing every milestone of my ...more

Newly Widowed: Instructions Not Included

When is the time right to tell the world my husband died? When do I announce to everyone that I am (as the “On Being Alone” booklet points out) “newly widowed?” He always said – and I never understood it or really agreed with him – that “dying is a private business,” that when the time came, he wanted to die alone, just to sleep on. ...more
Why are you even reading a blog if you don't understand how to read one? And how can you be so ...more

what i wore, a mountain of life, and missing nora ephron

Last night, my best friend and I went to see the enchanting and poignant Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Nora and Delia Ephron's stage-adaptation of Ilene Beckerman's book by the same name. Like each of the five women on stage, I can peer in my wardrobe and hang on the clothes and shoes and handbags bulging from it, some of the most important moments of my life. Oh, and all my boots....more

if only my books could talk ...

While I have moved past the demise of the typewriter, the turntable, and the tape deck, I cannot allow myself to believe that we will ever be entirely without books. I love books, how they look and feel and smell and how it was that they arrived on someone’s bookshelf – an hour spent perusing the contents of a bookcase will tell you much of what you need to know of the owner’s personality, past-times, and passions....more

So who owns YOUR genes, Angelina?

Angelina Jolie’s medical choice to have a preventive double mastectomy has been the subject of much discussion. Untold millions now know her family history of cancer, the disease which robbed her of her mother, young at 56, and the mutation of the BRCA1 gene that led her to choose preventive mastectomies in order to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer from 87% to under 5%....more

little marvels for mother's day in America

In a special for CNBC, Anna Andrianova shares the National Retail Federation’s estimate that $20.7 billion will be spent next Sunday, Mother’s Day in America. How easily that number rolls off the tongue – twenty-point-seven-billion-dollars – but what does it mean? A lot, of course....more

When a Bully Takes it Back

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.~ Albert Enstein...more

Boston - never again? Think again. Reflections by a Northern Irish immigrant.

Until September 11th, I had taken for granted the sense of security I felt as a woman who had traded in Northern Ireland for America....more

Bookmobile Memories: I Fell in Love With Books There

Every Wednesday, the mobile library parked around the corner, its desultory young driver oblivious to my excitement as I climbed the steps up into the back of his van, an improbable space transformed by shelves of books into what Jefferson may have envisioned. I think I fell in love with books there. It may as well have been Aladdin’s Cave, its unexpected treasures waiting for anyone who ventured inside. ...more
@Denise I can completely relate! If I ever have the chance on a visit back home, I will make ...more