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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 […]

DIY Joy

DIY Joy

I missed my friend’s birthday. This happens every year because it’s in the middle of holiday vacation week, and we’re away. Lots of people leave town, so my friend usually gets the shaft. A couple of weeks after her actual day, when things were back […]

Dumpster Fire: Chasing Ben Zimmer

Dumpster Fire: Chasing Ben Zimmer

The Wall Street Journal reports that The American Dialect Society (ADS) has chosen the term “dumpster fire” as its official Word of the Year. (You may be thinking, wait, that’s not a word, it’s a phrase, but in accordance with its rules the society may […]

Silken Mist, and Other Bad Ideas

Silken Mist, and Other Bad Ideas

TARGET, Hanover, MA-There is some true nonsense in this emporium of Everything and More. And I only hit a couple of departments. I’m sure the toiling souls who research, develop and bring products to market for large corporations want to sell them. Personal solvency, bonuses, […]

Nice Day for a Stroll

Nice Day for a Stroll

In the summer, our town police log brims with reports such as “Caller saw horse swimming in ocean, apparently in distress. Harbor master on scene, says it’s a buoy,” and “Caller states young male walking by his driveway three times staring at him. Officer talked […]

Call Me Santa

Call Me Santa

The Santa conversation went nothing like I expected. We had a pretty unbelievable run. By which I mean we seriously couldn’t believe we still had a believer on our hands. A middle school-aged believer. We watched and listened for any hint of awareness, our wide […]