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A Summer Like No Other

"How I spent my summer vacation?" This isn't quite that, but... When a parent can spend extended time with an adult child who no longer lives at home, that is a rare privilege. Or, it can be -- if you get along, if your habits are compatible, and if the reason for sharing time together is a good one. This summer, I was able to do exactly that -- enjoy sharing my space with my younger son. During that time, we both went about our usual days, occasionally working side by side in companionable quiet. And nearly every day, he helped out with all the domestic tasks. No, he doesn't do windows. Then again … [Read More...]

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The Juggling Job

Wearing an array of colorful hats. Playing the jester, the joker, the juggler. Smiling through it all. This is my life, quite possibly yours, and the lifestyle that too many of us will recognize. A few years back, I would've said this is solely a woman's challenge. While there may be more women than men who persistently juggle … [Read More...]

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Makeover Musing: Tempting Trends for Fall

While I may not typically follow trends, I adore the arrival of the August issues of my favorite fashion magazines. And of course, I avail myself of the online versions that allow us to view runway clips, slide shows and more. I may have no plans to "make over" my wardrobe, but I couldn't resist sharing some of my weekend (style) reading … [Read More...]

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The Ideal (American) Woman

The ideal woman. Is there such a thing? We have media prototypes of course -- blonde, busty, pouty lips. Oh, right. Perfect whiter-than-white teeth. And let's not forget that bountiful booty is part of the picture. I'm uncertain why the subject of beauty ideals would be … [Read More...]

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Judging Unusual Taste

Orange shag carpets? Not my taste, though I imagine I would've been fine with them in 1975. Pink hair? Well... I had my fuchsia streak in graduate school, designed to elicit laughs but otherwise, not my taste. Zany, zig-zaggy patterns mixed with paisley, plaid and polka dots? Definitely for … [Read More...]

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Essays Explore Our Truest Stories

As a fan of the essay in all its variations, I take great pleasure in spending time with almost any of my favorite essay collections. As a means of musing on a specific topic with a personal slant, or relating an experience in eloquent language, the essay's short format is an element that makes it especially … [Read More...]

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Improvised Oatmeal Carrot Pancakes

Certain there was some sort of activity taking place in the kitchen late last night -- the open cooking area is barely eight feet beyond my bedroom door -- I had no idea that oatmeal carrot pancakes were in the works... the latest culinary adventure from my 22-year old son. Once I realized the sounds were neither mice nor intruders … [Read More...]

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Room Makeovers: Four Design Tips From a Pro

In a week that seems to be all about the pleasures of interior design, I am delighted to host a guest post from Kristy Woodson Harvey with room makeover tips for any space and any budget. Kristy is an accomplished interior designer, and … [Read More...]

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Sharon Santoni’s Stylish French Girlfriends

Sharon Santoni's new book, "My Stylish French Girlfriends," is pure pleasure for every lover of authentic French interiors, every admirer of creative passion, and every woman who cherishes her friendships. In profiles of twenty exceptional women, readers are treated to an insider's peek at … [Read More...]

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Midlife Makeover: Update Your Space!

One of the best ways I know to make over my mood is to change my space. A quick makeover to one or more rooms is easily accomplished and doesn't require a big budget, a renovation, or an old friend coming for a two week visit. When I need a lift -- no, not the face … [Read More...]

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Admitting Setbacks

It's one thing to admit a setback or even a series of setbacks, but I will never admit defeat. At least, not in personal battles where the adversary is some aspect of myself. In this case the setback that I need to admit is my personal Battle of the Bulge. That weight loss plateau I hit on my diet sometime back? … [Read More...]

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Pinpointing Our Pleasure (and Other Emotions)

A bite of toast with just the right drizzle of honey, followed by a sip of steaming French Roast. Mmmm. Now that's what I call pleasure... A thriller brought to life on the screen, with all the emotional twists and turns I hope for in the genre, and … [Read More...]

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Oops! Don’t Leave the House Without…

Don't leave the house without your keys. (Especially if the door locks behind you.) Don't leave the house without your driver's license. (Especially if you're cruising through the neighborhood speed trap.) Don't leave the house without washing your hair. (Especially if you're going shopping where … [Read More...]

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Midlife Makeover: “Dress Your Age”

"Dress your age!" Have you been on the receiving end of that remark? Have you said or thought those words about someone you know? Maybe you've heard or used this variation: "That isn't age appropriate." How many of us wonder if the "dress your age" rules we once grew up with still apply, and if so, exactly what that means and when? I have … [Read More...]

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The Pros and Cons of Expecting the Best

"Expect the best, plan for the worst." It's an expression I like, especially in business. Yet while I see logic in these words, I don't find them to be motivating counsel. If anything, I'm more likely to be wary of expecting the best. And while that sounds like a negative attitude, as it turns out, it may be anything but. When our expectations are … [Read More...]

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Learning to Say Yes

By Rudri Patel “Come on, Momma. Please come. Just try it once. I promise I will hold your hand.” My daughter’s voice is high-pitched and her expression is wide-eyed. She's pleading with me to ride on Space Mountain, the scariest rollercoaster in Disneyland. “No, honey. You know I don’t like heights. I get dizzy … [Read More...]

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In Her Shoes

By Missy Robinson I was impatiently sorting and stacking her tiny shoes. They had been tossed without care into a closet too small to hold them all. I was noticing the lack of order, the lack of care and the general messiness of her space, from fluttering papers pinned and taped on her walls to the too-massive assortment of plush animals … [Read More...]

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Neatness Counts

By Larry Bernstein I’m a neat freak, and I’m raising an 11-year-old slob. Where did I go wrong? I cringe at the heap that lies on the rug in my son’s room. It includes baseball cards, Lego pieces, balled up underwear, popsicle sticks, and the first 20 pages from a book that was read into oblivion. Add the half-eaten yogurt that’s turned … [Read More...]

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Differences of (More Than) Opinion

Consider this an intermission in the "makeover" series for something different... to discuss differences... Differences in opinion, in temperament, in personality types -- and how we deal with them. I find it fascinating that family members can be so different from one another. Haven't you observed the differences in siblings … [Read More...]

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The Butterfly

It wasn't a monarch, but it was a deep shade of yellow with black markings, and graceful as it fluttered in and out of a ragged patch of ground cover. Normally, I wouldn't notice a butterfly, nor give it more than a passing glance. I'm always in too much of a hurry. This morning, in my usual Little White Rabbit habit of rushing, I scurried by … [Read More...]