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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 […]

The Cash Hiatus

The Cash Hiatus

Stay-at-home Mom Job Description ­ Position: Stay-at-home mom. Hours: All of them from now until eternity. Comp: Love, occasional loyalty and gratitude. Description of duties: Whip cracker Nose blower Flight attendant Drill sergeant Dental hygienist Chef/dietician/nutrition consultant/recipe vetter Sherpa Head of Special events – parties, […]

The Cosmic DJ

The Cosmic DJ

I told Pete I hadn’t felt such anguish since 1999, year of the big breakup with he-who-developed-cold-feet-three-months-from-the-altar-after-I-quit-my-job-and-moved-for-him infamy. Then I thanked Pete for having caused me comparatively little misery during our years together. We laughed at my heartbreaker ex, Pete’s arms around me, and then […]