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Finding Names

After my aunt died this winter, I continued to work on the family tree on my own.  It was slow-going and frustrating.  I had filled in everything I could find on my own, and now I was just randomly Googling combinations of names with the hope of finding an obit or some synagogue announcement that […]

IComLeavWe: August 2014

Welcome back to IComLeavWe. It stands for International Comment Leaving Week, but if you say it aloud, doesn’t it sounds like “I come; [but] leave [as a] we”? And that’s sort of the point. Blogging is a conversation and comments should be honoured and encouraged. I like to say that comments are the new hug–a […]

No IVF For You: Cutting Off Infertility Treatment Coverage for LGBT and Single Women

I am somewhat stunned when ethicists propose policies that discriminate against groups of people.  The job of an ethicist is to hold society to a standard; to ensure that we’re comporting ourselves in a way that is just and humane.  So I question when any ethicist, such as Cristina Richie, asks society to create policy […]

504th Friday Blog Roundup

Ooooh, this is so trippy, but it totally worked for me. By this point, I get how he did it, but without touching the pause button or doing anything other than watch and play along (it’s only a minute video), tell me if it worked for you.  Make sure you watch all the way to […]

The Weirdness of Not Going to BlogHer

This is the first year since 2008 that I’m not going to BlogHer.  It feels very weird to be reading about everyone else getting ready to go and not packing myself.  I mean, I know the vast majority of people reading this blog experience that yearly.  But consider how odd you would feel if you […]


I put the period in the middle of the name because I live in fear of my childrens’ Googling savviness. It began with needing to cut the ChickieNob’s nails. She was not in the mood to have her nails cut. She wanted to read more Harry Potter. “I have to cut your nails in case […]

Going Rate for the Tooth Fairy

The Tooth Fairy allowed the ChickieNob to keep the tooth she lost at the White House.  You know, because it’s special.  Normally the Tooth Fairy snatches those suckers up: if you want the cash, you need to relinquish the tooth.  But the Tooth Fairy understood that this one had sentimental value. The ChickieNob has no […]

What My Child Lost at the White House

So, the kids went to cover the Kids’ State Dinner again at the White House on Friday.  (Click on that link to read their article!)  It’s obviously a mind-blowing, wonderful event that makes you want to go home and eat a salad. And then there was this. We were sitting in the press pen, waiting […]

503rd Friday Blog Roundup (and the 8th Anniversary!)

So this is it. The 8th anniversary of the Roundup. 8 years, 403 posts, about 1600 posts highlighted. Yes, this is your weekly reminder to back up your blog, social media accounts, and email BUT, it is also an opportunity to point you towards a post that Keiko sent me. It’s a checklist every […]

The She Said/She Said of the Mockingbird Next Door

Until the brouhaha bubbled up to the surface, I wanted to read the new book by Marja Mills called The Mockingbird Next Door about living next to Harper Lee.  The journalist rented the house next door to Lee and formed a friendship with the author and her sister, Alice.  She claims that she had their […]

The Secret Trip

The twins are in a computer programming club — think Girl Scouts but for engineering and coding — that I attend as well.  The ChickieNob was sharing a computer with a girl recently, and they were waiting for a dad to come by and help them with their wifi connection.  The girl tilted the top […]

The Book Ruiner

This post contains Harry Potter spoilers.  Stop reading now if you don’t want the series ruined. So we started Harry Potter Six despite saying three months ago that we weren’t ready at all.  Despite saying the same thing just a few hours before I read them the first page.  But the reality is that what […]

50 Cities to See Before You Die According to a Random Stranger

The Huffington Post had an article titled “The Top 50 Cities to See in Your Lifetime” that made the rounds on Facebook.  Of course the link makes you curious and you click over to see how many of these cities-you-must-see that you’ve been to. (I’ve made it to 12.)  And then you lament that you […]

The Not So Scary Ghost

There is a haunted house in my parent’s town.  The house was built in the late 1700s.  A family was murdered there in the early 1800s, and a fire gutted the inside of the building.  It was rebuilt soon after that, but it has been vacant on-and-off for the last 200 years because — legend […]

502nd Friday Blog Roundup

By now, you have likely heard about the discovery of the vampire squirrels of Borneo. Granted, it’s local legend, but I totally believe it. I believe it enough to write a series of songs about vampire squirrels and sing them for Truman.  He is in full agreement that we want to live in a world […]

Go Quickly

It’s the only appointment I need to go quickly, and it’s the only one that runs late. The general practitioner runs — at most — fifteen minutes behind.  Last month, I was taken early for my mammogram.  I was out of the radiology department before my scheduled appointment time even began. But the OB/GYN is […]

Come Talk About It

Do you know what is fun?  Talking about books.  Do you know what could help me out tremendously?  Talking about mine.  (If you’ve ever wanted to give me a gift, this would be what I want.) Lavender Luz is hosting a book tour for my newest book, Apart at the Seams (thank you!).  Sign up […]

I Am Smart Enough to Get into a New York Kindergarten

I am!  I am smart enough to get into a New York kindergarten.  Hello, Horace Mann: I’d like to introduce you to your newest kindergartener.  Me!  Me!  I’m going to kindy! I scored 5 out of 5 on the kindergarten assessment. Click the screenshot to take the quiz: Will you be my kindergarten classmate?  I’m […]

Inverted Meditation: Fill Your Mind

Every morning, I spend a straight half hour with my thoughts. I’m aware that I’m supposed to be clearing my mind while I’m on the yoga mat. The nice woman on the screen tells me to clear my mind; empty it. Just concentrate on my breathing. That is very hard to do. I am a […]

Sometimes You Get the Church Sign You Need

Perhaps it’s because the signs belong to a religious institution, but I always think that G-d speaks to me via church signs since burning bushes release dangerous levels of carbon dioxide.  I assume G-d wasn’t thinking about the potential greenhouse gases that would be released into the atmosphere when he spoke to Moses, causing global […]

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