My Out Of Office Auto-Responder

Well, this is a disappointment. You dispatch an email to me only to have a response immediately — Holy cats! An email back! You got an email back!! Then you realize it’s just a dumb auto-responder. Nothing remotely personal about … Read More »

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8 Things I Know About Christmas

1. It’s not a major holiday until the smoke detector goes off. 2. My favorite holidays feel like hibernating. But with better food. And sometimes, presents. 3. The proper attire for Christmas dinner is jammies. 4. Under Armor is the … Read More »

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I Don’t Want to Go, But I Can’t Wait to Get There

“You can want one thing and have a secret wish for its opposite.” ―Deb Caletti, The Six Rules of Maybe Tonight I leave on an 8 PM flight for a six-day trip from Boston, Massachusetts, to Istanbul, Turkey. It’s a … Read More »

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‘If It’s Empty, Fill It’… and 10 Other Rules for Living Companionably with Teenagers, Kids and the Generally Clueless

I created this slide show a while ago, after a particularly interesting challenging irritatingly irritating few days when I felt like I was the only one in my household who recognized stuff that needed doing. And the only one who … Read More »

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Ann Handley is not impressed. (The back story.)

  Dani Hagen had the idea late last week to create a MarketingProfs version of the Olympic-inspired meme, “McKayla is not impressed.” Because I live under a rock, apparently, I had only a vague notion of what Dani was referring … Read More »

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Missing

My mother died 25 years ago yesterday, when she was 62. I realized this fact sometime last night, and it astounds me. First I was astounded because I remembered how, at the time, I thought that she was appropriately old … Read More »

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‘Content Rules’: Now in Paperback… With Pictures!

MmmmmMmmmmm… That new-book smell is now wafting throughout the place.

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Just A Dog

I’ve been in a tough place this week; like my skin is thin as tissue paper, and it bleeds raw at the slightest chafe. Yesterday the imbecile at the college financial aid office started arguing with me when I called … Read More »

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Same-Sex Discount

We are standing in line at Westminster Abbey, waiting to pay the admission fee. Up ahead, the cashier is housed behind glass in the entry vestibule, which is a small area with a cold, stone floor. It’s chilly and damp … Read More »

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How to Feed a Fussy Little Dog: Chile’s List of Requirements

1. Preference to remain someplace safe — lurking in the shadows, under a bed — while the other dogs (“idiots”) chaotically dance around and drool at the ping of kibble hitting the bowl. Rationale: You can get stepped on, drooled … Read More »

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Flying out

What We Carry

He’s freighted with two pairs of shoes, extra clothes that didn’t fit in the duffel, three sketchbooks, a camera, drawing pencils, a couple of books, a rent deposit for next fall, and film in a protective lead case. My arms … Read More »

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The College Drop-off: Can We Cut the Crying Parents Some Slack?

A story on MSNBC yesterday asked, Has the college sendoff always been so tough? Alongside the piece is a video from the Today show, subtitled, “As NBC’s Kevin Klein reports, when it comes time to say goodbye on campus, it’s … Read More »

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