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God Grant Me The Serenity To Accept The Things I Cannot Pack

September 29, 2011

Here’s the thing about moving: it sucks. Well, at least the part where you have to pack up all your stuff into crappy cardboard boxes, which requires organizing all your stuff, or at least having some sense of what is worth packing and what is really better sent to Goodwill and when all that stuff [...]

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The Camaraderie Of Motherhood

September 27, 2011

It’s only a snippet of what was an hour long conversation – you can watch that whole hour, if you want (and if you want to spend four bucks and change, which is less than a single movie ticket to Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, PLUS you get an extra two hours of not [...]

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So Far Away From Me

September 22, 2011

It’s my anniversary today. My 15th anniversary. Yeah. We’ve been married a while. We’ve been together for pretty much the entirety of my adult life. We’ve been together for almost half of my entire life. That’s a long time. That’s something to celebrate, I think. But I’m not at home. Well, I am at home, [...]

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I Am Mother, Hear Me Roar

September 18, 2011

(The post below repurposes, with some revisions, a post that I wrote late last year after TEDWomen. I’ve been revisiting it this weekend as I prepare notes for a panel that I’m moderating tomorrow at the WIE Symposium, on mothers and social change. The discussion tomorrow will be, to some extent, a consideration of the [...]

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Our House, In The Middle Of Our Street

September 15, 2011

This is our new house. Well, not the whole thing. See the level that’s level with the roof deck at the right? It’s the fourth level, if you’re counting. Our house – our loft – is basically right in the middle there. Those are our windows. You can see the Empire State building from there. [...]

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Sh*t My Kid Says

September 12, 2011

My daughter is something of a storyteller. It’s not that she lies; on the contrary, she is almost unbearably devoted to the truth, such that every single utterance made by anybody within earshot of her is deconstructed by her for the purposes of establishing the exact parameters of its bases in fact. But she does [...]

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The Road, Taken

September 8, 2011

Before I became a mom, I was an academic. During my pregnancy with Emilia, I was scrambling to finish my PhD – and teaching, and preparing papers for conferences, and applying for jobs – but even though I was acting as though I was preparing for my future as a Tenured Professor and Professional Smartypants, [...]

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Back To School

September 6, 2011

It seems impossible that I have cause to write the words back to school in reference to my own children. Up until a few years ago, back to school meant me going back to school. Back to grad school, back to teaching, back to ivy-clogged campuses clutching old copies of Rousseau’s Emile and stacks of [...]

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The Writable Life

August 25, 2011

I haven’t been writing here much lately. I mean, I have, sort of, inasmuch as I continue to post here – photos, guest posts, links to stuff that I’ve written elsewhere – but I haven’t really, you know, written here. About things that are going on in my life, beyond the canoe trips and the [...]

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Far And Away

August 15, 2011

It’s not that I love my kids more when we’re away – I couldn’t possibly love them more, because I already love them to the greatest capacity of my heart, and possibly beyond it (so much it stretches and aches and threatens to burst, with all the loving) – but it is, perhaps, that I [...]

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