The Story Of Us…

It was 1988, and I was working after school at my family’s little mom-and-pop video store. My mother had instructed me to “train the new kid” she had recently hired, who was starting that afternoon. I’m sure I rolled my eyes at this task, because that’s just the kind of teenage girl I was. I […]

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A Puzzling Situation

Friends, I think I’ve made a huge mistake. A SIX THOUSAND PIECE mistake, to be exact. You see, my oldest, normally off at college, has been living with us since the pandemic started. And we’ve done a bunch of puzzles together, just like when she was a little girl. Sitting side by side, day after […]

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Finding Comfort

Comfort. I feel like it’s what we’re all craving right about now, after these months of turmoil. When you look at this photo, you might just see some odd bread and egg concoction. But not me. I see my 8-year-old self, sitting at my grandparents little kitchen table in the Bronx, where I spent every […]

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George (a.k.a. Hammy G)

Three years ago: “Mom, can I get a hamster?” Me: “No. You have a dog.” Two years ago: “Can I get a hamster?” Me: “No.” One year ago: “Can I get a hamster?” Me: “No.” Day 2 of the pandemic: “Can I get a hamster?” Me: “No.” Day 120 of the pandemic: I look over […]

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Hello 50…

Today is my 50th birthday and honestly, I’m feeling a little weird. I’ve never really been fazed by getting older, but 50 just seems, well…BIG. Plus, inside, I still feel 20 but my body is like “Ha ha you are DEFINITELY not 20 and here are some grey hairs, wrinkles, and a backache to prove […]

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The Kids Are Alright

This is my son and his best friends, all seniors in high school. I love these kids…they are respectful, funny, and kind. Right now they should be sitting in history class, talking about prom, and getting ready for graduation. Instead they sit on a driveway, six feet apart, masks covering their young faces, to wish […]

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