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July 15, 2014
I’m taking a summer course in adolescent psychology, and I’m discovering that this period in a young person’s life i...
Time to Teach These Kids to Fish
July 23, 2013
At one of this year’s first summer travel baseball games, before the 100+ degree real-feel heat wave, before accepting 4:30 or 9...
Our Supreme Court made a landmark decision this week when it overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, which since 1996 has defined marr...
May 16, 2013
Not long ago, I became a stepmother to three wonderful kids, a girl and two boys. I have two boys of my own, so I’m no stranger ...
I Took My Child to Work and I Loved It
May 13, 2013
I recently experienced my first “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” I owe my resulting glow to Gloria Steinem, who ...
March 18, 2013
A wonderful thing happened…it wasn’t forced, it wasn’t solicited, it wasn’t egged on by an adult hoping a chi...
Surgery Surprises for Same-Sex Pseudo Spouses
January 19, 2013
About two weeks ago, my girlfriend G had surgery. It wasn’t an emergency procedure, thank goodness, so we had plenty of time to ...
The Most Super of Cuts
November 26, 2012
Four weeks ago, my oldest son Blue had his bar mitzvah. If you’ve been through this with your child, you’ll surely recall ...
Love and Sunscreen
October 1, 2012
Our family spent a week this August on Lake Norman near Charlotte, North Carolina. We were a full house of sixteen: G, me, our five ki...
Oh, He's Gay
July 20, 2012
It’s often the little moments during an impromptu mother-son wiffle ball game that demonstrate just how much a ten-year old know...
Grow Up (actually, not yet!)
July 5, 2012
Be careful what you wish for. How many times has that proved true? Aesop really knew his stuff. Often, when I see my kids’...
Take Me Back to the Stone Age
May 29, 2012
Like many of us (or is it just me?), I have a complicated relationship with technology. It’s part infatuated-with-these-toys and...
The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But?
April 28, 2012
I love writing these Blended columns. The act of writing is cathartic and it helps me understand, celebrate and vent about what’...
Get a Move On
April 11, 2012
Now that summer has arrived in March, walking home from school is ideal, particularly to the mom who doesn’t feel like cutting h...
March 16, 2012
The idea of a compliment is simple: you give one, the recipient feels good, and you feel good for having perpetuated goodness. Then, y...
Let's Talk About Autism, Baby
February 16, 2012
A five-minute ride home from a Saturday afternoon basketball game turned into a fascinating exchange about autism. By way of backgroun...
Open, Open, Share, Share
February 2, 2012
We humans are bound together by similarities. Most of us have two arms, two legs, one heart and hair that comes out better when we ski...
Union County Spelling Bee
February 1, 2012
Who knew a fourth grade spelling bee had the makings of Shakespeare? We had comedy, tragedy and fully realized characters strutting th...
Limits and Boundaries and Borders, Oh Please!
January 11, 2012
‘Tis the season of excess – over eating, over spending, over giving and over doing. For those of us in interfaith househol...
Looking for Gratitude in All the Wrong Places
December 23, 2011
I had this idea for Thanksgiving. It’s not unique, really. I’m sure many families do it. I wanted all 22 of us to sit arou...
Sing It Loud
November 25, 2011
G and I love music, I mean really love it. She does her Sugarland thing and I have Neil Young and we listen to a lot in between. O...
What Do They Know, Anyway?
November 10, 2011
I’m often told that my kids – all kids - know a lot more than I give them credit for. They sense things. They feel things....
Movies Are Stranger Than Life
October 28, 2011
We generally go to the movies to escape real life, to lose ourselves in a soft chair with a cupholder and live a fantasy. Luckily, tha...
Food Borne Pickiness
October 17, 2011
I thought adults, including me, were the only ones with food hang-ups. Kids love food, right? Sweet food, salty food, food t...
Call This Family to Order
October 5, 2011
With so many inhabitants wandering our halls, we’ve been advised that a great way to bring everyone together and hash out discor...