On Life, And Its Limits, And The Occasion of Tanner’s 13th Birthday

October 1, 2012

From my sister, on Tanner’s 13th birthday, which is today: Tanner is 13 today and with each passing year it gets closer… yes, birthdays are a happy occasion but for some of us, there is a clock that shadows it. He has been sick this past week, a simple cold most children get over in [...]

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The Cheater’s Guide To Making Phone Snapshots Look Amazing

September 28, 2012

Jason is a good friend of mine, and an amazing photographer. He’s awesome, but we have one point of disagreement: the extent to which ‘iPhoneography’ – capturing and editing photos with one’s mobile phone – is changing the landscape of photography. He still likes to rock photography old school, even when he’s taking pictures with [...]

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The Boy Inside The Man

September 22, 2012

Sixteen years ago, I married the man that this boy became. Sixteen years later, I love him for the man that he is, and the boy that he will always be. Love you, dork.  

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Vita Brevis, Tooth Longa

September 20, 2012

Here’s the thing about being a working mom: I miss moments in my children’s lives. Moments like this one: I wasn’t there for the loss of that tooth, which in the grand scheme doesn’t seem all that important, except for that it does. I didn’t get to witness the first moments of this proud, gap-toothed [...]

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We Built This Treehouse On Pinterest And Hope

September 7, 2012

Pinterest treehouse: Our treehouse: Look, I think that it’s actually pretty good. It’s really only a roof and windows (and door and lanterns and wee charming deck) off of this Pinterest treehouse, which was the more modest inspiration: Or not. The thing is, even though our treehouse isn’t (yet!) on the level of Pinterest’s treehouses, [...]

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What Odysseus, Roosevelt, And My Four Year Old Have In Common

September 7, 2012

Today was Jasper’s first day of school. Pre-K, but still. It counts. Sure, they’re all super tiny and barely able to carry their own backpacks, and they’ll likely not be doing much more than finger-painting and eating glue, but they’re at school. It’s almost heartbreaking, really, the way that their smallness is such that they [...]

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iPads In Paradise (Or, Kids Destroy The Darndest Things)

September 4, 2012

This is one of the pool areas of the Azul Beach Resort on the Mayan Riviera. To say that it’s beautiful is to understate things dramatically. It’s BEAUTIFUL, in a way that you can only express in italicized capital letters. That said, if you’re a kid – specifically, an eleven or twelve year old kid [...]

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This Old Pinterest-Inspired House: Sleeping Porch Edition

August 10, 2012

This is the enclosed porch at our new house in the Catskills: I should note that our new house is, apparently, not exactly in the Catskills, to the extent that it is – being on the Delaware River – closer to the Poconos than it is to the Catskill Mountains and the land of lake [...]

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We Are Vast, And We Contain Multitudes

August 9, 2012

Sometime, about two years ago, I started closing comments on posts. Not all of the posts, all of the time, but some of them, some of the time. I started doing this, not because I’d stopped loving comments – who, who has ever blogged, has not loved comments? – but because I loved them too [...]

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All The Blog’s A Stage? On Strutting And Fretting Our Virtual Lives (And Also Honey Boo Boo)

August 6, 2012

I was asked by a reporter this past week whether I was worried about  the stories about myself, the stories that I tell online, about myself, that my children will one day read – whether I had any reservations about having talked about sex or abortion or depression in a public forum, given that my [...]

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