When Shots are Not Optional

Sometimes shots are necessary. Shots are necessary on the morning before your wedding, when you wake up full of angry, twitchy nerves, darting snappy comments at anyone who dares look...

Food Fails

Everything started out great. Two eggs from Wednesday’s Farmer’s Market, round and brown and full of potential. Nutty, grainy, bread, all set for the toaster. I give the first...

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Creature Comforts

So I was at summer camp for grownups this past week. Lots of writing, lots of drinking, very little sleeping. Going into the experience, I knew I’d be staying...

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Playtime II

I experienced much of life at 10 Birch Drive as one half of a sister whole. Both of my parents are important influences, but in those days, they played...

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Revisiting Childhood Haunts

Even before I had kids, I was excited to bring them home, to my parents' house, the site of my childhood. What will they think of the pond edged with purple irises...

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Country Mouse

My husband and I met in New York City. For that reason, and for many others, I’ll always value my time there. But I was raised on 100 acres...