Category Archives: Personal

Bridging the Family Political Divide

With three brothers, I’m the only female in my family. Also the only democrat. Back in the 80’s, my brother Mark served for a time as the Chairman of the Young Republican Club of New England. He’s not the most … Continue reading

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The Limits of Memory

My brother and I agree that the last two years of my father’s life were among his best. At least, those are the two years we most enjoyed with him. My father was 80 when he had a stroke.  Up … Continue reading

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Kick the Bucket List

Okay, I know this is counter to the grab-all-you-can, live out- loud ethos so popular right now. It just seems that the ‘bucket list’ approach to life is as much about consumerism as  as it is about life fulfillment.  Instead of competing over what things … Continue reading

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Books, Religion and Politics: Discuss

In the book group only four years, I’m a newcomer.  There are ten of us in total, though we’re never all there at the same time.  All accomplished professionals, some are in their second or third careers, and two have recently … Continue reading

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O, Suburbia!

                                                             When it came time for us to buy rather than rent,  it was clear that my ex-husband and I  couldn’t afford city prices.  With our small down payment and nonprofit incomes, we had a lot more options in the ‘burbs.  Having … Continue reading

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Toxify Me

In one week I’ll get my first botox treatment. Yipee! This is what my neck feels like most of the time.                                                    That’s caused by dystonia. I’ve had it for many years now, but it was only diagnosed less than a year … Continue reading

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The Color of Fresh Air

I picked up my 10 year-old visitor on Friday afternoon.  Our initial meeting was a bit awkward – me, holding up a welcome sign and Starr looking tired and a little lost. She surprises me with her questions on the way … Continue reading

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