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Teaching Mom to phone home

Most of us are so tied up in technology that we don’t stop to consider that the whole world isn’t clicking and swiping all day long. Some people — my parents among them — still manage to live unplugged save for a standard-issue cell phone. We decided to change that recently. For a little while … Continue reading

Seeking refuge in castles made of sand

Determined to hang on to every second of our final few days of freedom, Basil and I high-tailed it to Tod’s Point today, trying to outrun the predicted afternoon storms that so far haven’t come. It’s no Jersey Shore, but the sun, sand and Long Island Sound still soothe and delight. Being a weekday, the … Continue reading

Just somebody that I used to know

Don’t you hate how the Internet is more and more like George Orwell‘s Big Brother every day? It knows what you ordered and when; it’s able to predict what you might buy next and can record how many times you’ve viewed something (and when). Heck, it knows your shoe size (and maybe even the size … Continue reading

Whiling away the hours panning for Pins

Here I am, behind the curve again, but I’ve discovered Pinterest. This is a bad thing, really, because this site is an enormous time suck, and well, my time is already in short supply. Yet I find myself scrolling through this social media site at night when my eyes are failing me after a long … Continue reading

Call off your old, tired ethics

A recent guest on my favorite radio show, A Matter of Balance, hosted by my friend, Kristen Rzasa, dropped a bombshell on me. So of course I must share it with you: You can’t have it all. Yes, you read that right. We women can’t have it all. The guest said that if we want … Continue reading

Just beachy

Got the season’s first trip to the beach in on Sunday — a brief visit, sandwiched between the yard work and vacuuming. Basil wasn’t going to join me, but I think the new bikini convinced him to leave the gutters for a bit. I love the beach — love the people-watching, love the sound of … Continue reading

Driven to distraction

Once school lets out, Catherine will have a new assignment: Learning to drive while the days are long and the weather is nice. She’s more than a little nervous about the prospect and I can’t say I blame her, especially given the nonsense I witness on the road every day. People talking on their phones. … Continue reading

Grocery list includes hearty helping of human nature

Still shaking my head over the behavior of people in the market tonight. It was a usual Friday night free-for-all, bumper carts in the produce aisle, kids begging for things their mothers didn’t want them to have, sale items long gone, bored teen cashiers wishing they were anywhere but there. Well hell, didn’t we all … Continue reading

Signs of the times

Did you ever stop to notice how much we are assaulted each day by words? There are signs everywhere. Traffic signs, company logos, warning signs, advertisements — you name it. Maybe it’s because the spring foliage is framing everything so nicely, but this week I’ve been noticing them at every turn. It’s about parking, or … Continue reading

New York seen

Yesterday took me into New York for the first time in a while, the unseasonably warm weather offering up some fun people-watching moments. In no particular order, here are some of the bites I had of the Big Apple: A crazy quilt of attire. The extra-warm day left people unsure about what to wear. So … Continue reading