Why Housework Matters

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  There was an op-ed piece in the The New York Times entitled "The Case for Living in Filth"  about the role men and women play in the management of the home. Among the writers and philosophers cited in the article are Karl Marx and Simone de Beauvoir, one indication that the topic of housework and the division of labor is no small subject. … [Read more...]

12 Things I Learned at Summer Camp That are Still True

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  Where I grew up, in the suburbs of New York City, it was commonplace for children to spend eight weeks each summer at overnight camp. From as early as the age of 6 through 16 or so, many of my contemporaries were ensconced in camps across New England, each perched on a lake. Some may think sending children away for that long at such young ages is slightly barbaric, … [Read more...]

Sailing Away on Her Last Spring Break

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 Note: This post was written 3 years ago, during my daughter's senior year in college. How can it be? How is it possible that my little girl is nearly done with college, and setting sail on a cruise through the Caribbean for her final spring break…ever? How can she be nearly twenty-two…wasn’t I just twenty-two a few minutes ago? I remember my big spring break trip – for … [Read more...]

Photographic Memory 2.0

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  Along with the zillions of other things that computers have changed and redesigned in our lives, one of the most pervasive is the art of the photograph. Once upon a time, the process of taking, developing, labeling and archiving photos was a labor-intensive and tactile process. There was some mystery to it all - we didn't know how the photos would turn out, whether … [Read more...]

Insomnia at Midlife – When the Mind Is At Its Sharpest

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A hot (no pun intended) topic among my midlife friends is insomnia, which goes hand-in-hand with hot flashes, headaches, irritability, weight gain, and so many other symptoms that come and go as we sometimes blindly find our way through the haze of perimenopause and menopause. Insomnia is the most disruptive of all the symptoms, it seems. A conversation with some of my … [Read more...]