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Mantras ‘R’ Us

Mantras ‘R’ Us

While progressing only a half-mile in 30 minutes in downtown Boston the other day, I thought about a recent Wall Street Journal article on mantras. The article, by Elizabeth Bernstein, said research shows “thinking of a word or phrase that affirms our values—and repeating it over […]

Good Times, Bad Times

Good Times, Bad Times

An inauspicious anniversary recently passed; it’s been one full year since I signed a contract with a literary agent to represent my novel. The day marked twelve months of suspense, frustration, and heartbreak at rejection emails worded with such tact and positivity that it sounded […]

Mission: Improbable

Mission: Improbable

New Orleans, LA-The man had not been passed out in front of our door for long; the ice in his full cocktail looked quite fresh. Fortunately he wasn’t blocking the door, just snoozing half inside his open car, which was parked just across the sidewalk. […]

Let it Be

Let it Be

Cohasset virtually never makes it into the Boston Globe, so when we do show up and it’s for something crappy, it feels like a double insult. Last Sunday the Metro section contained a brief story on a local swimsuit designer who angered the internet by […]

Flying Her Bargain Flag

Flying Her Bargain Flag

(Note: Published with Anna’s permission and preview) Our eldest made it all the way to fifth grade before she noticed the social hierarchy that had sprung up on the playground, anointing some kids more desirable to hang with than others. She may well have been […]

March Madness

March Madness

For the first time ever, I memorized a recipe (brownies from scratch), which should tell you something about New England winter. As one who reads recipes for inspiration but rarely follows them due to lifelong stick-it-to-the-man tendencies, cynicism and mistrust (don’t tell me two cloves […]

Stand Down Margaret

Stand Down Margaret

Great news out of London this week, just in time for International Women’s Day: Parliament has instructed British employers to stop requiring women to wear high heels as part of corporate dress codes. Yes this is news this week. In 2017. The Associated Press reports […]

A South Shore Staycation

A South Shore Staycation

  It was supposed to be skiing, fireside reading, wineglasses, sleds, snowmen and cozy taverns…favorite sweaters and fresh air. Instead it was the ER, oxycodone, favorite pajamas and a big blank slate. One blessing from this vacation week: We didn’t have any plane tickets, which […]

My Ivy League Alter Ego

My Ivy League Alter Ego

Hanover, NH—A couple of weeks ago, a man in an official-looking chartreuse vest asked me if I wanted a job. I didn’t, actually; I was busy trying to stay warm outdoors in 18-degree weather, and keeping track of the girls, who were ice-skating in opposite […]

Partying With the Johnsonites

Partying With the Johnsonites

  We were eight adults, six kids, and a well-behaved dog. Three of our families have watched the Super Bowl together for the past five years, rotating hosting duties. We added a fourth family this year because it was our turn to host and we […]