A Bolt from the Blue

Recently, I have embarked on the game changing experiment of neither dieting nor running. I have absolutely no way of telling if it's a success or not. On the one hand, I've gained eight pounds in what feels like a nanosecond. On the other...meh. I'm not so worked up...

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But Can You Put a Price Tag on Love? Yup.

My husband has, among his many adorable qualities, the admirable goal of making sure I get everything I want. I cannot stress enough how much this endears him to me. Well, at least some of the time. Other times, however, His heartfelt response, "Whatever you want,...

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Mid-life Crisis, Right on Schedule.

Another birthday, another chance to impress the world with my seemingly unending youth. Lord, I barely got that out with a straight face. I am old, old, old. Maybe not geezer old, but old enough to be decidedly unfunny to young people working at various service...

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Just This Moment

Do you hear it? The roar of applause slowly tempering itself to a single, shared sigh of relief? If you have children, you no doubt know what I am talking about, if not, let me illuminate you-- school has finally begun. Amid the frantic scrambling, unaccustomed AM...

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Heavy Lies the Head That Wears the Helmet.

I did it. Two months of bike commuting has exposed me to so much vehicular buffoonery that I broke down and purchased a bike helmet. Actually, I bought two. Though there are those who scoff when I insist that my head is abnormally large, no, scratch that, giant, it...

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The Good, the Bad and the Jiggly.

Like most folks, I've spent a lot of my time sorting myself out; parceling out the traits I like and the ones I don't. I've decided that I like my everlasting urge to improve myself. I like that I'm a quick study and pick up new ideas fairly easily. I like my thick...

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Which is Exactly How Shakespeare Did It, I Believe.

I had a book launch party a couple months ago, thrown by a friend and attended by other friends, all of whom instinctively knew I had no idea what I was doing. It was a great opportunity to practice reading passages and answering audience questions. Because they love...

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No Cookies for You!

Last week’s cold snap aside, I think we can agree that spring is here to stay. That means that I have laced up the running shoes for another, new training season. The beginning is never good. It doesn't matter how long into the winter I persevere, lumbering through...

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A Grudging Change of Heart.

Hubby talks about losing the car once the kids are gone. His intention is that we become stalwart, year-round bikers. Personally, I'd rather take the bus. I love the bus. It's my favorite form of interaction--close to my fellow beings, but not having to, you know,...

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Startin’ it.

Oh, you are going to be so jealous. Several of my friends and I were at our annual Christmas dinner, this past December, when we started to complain about all the shit we never get done. If only we had some spark that would magically ignite our enthusiasm for home...

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