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...]

The Reason Mad Men Breaks My Heart

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Spoiler alert: If you have not watched the Sunday, May 10 episode of Mad Men, The Milk and Honey Route, don’t read this post.   I have never felt as attached to the characters on a television show as I do to the cast of Mad Men. Even before the series began, when I read what it was about, and what Matt Weiner had planned for the show, I knew I would love it. From … [Read more...]

Selling Our Home of 24 Years – Part One

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I know this place. For twenty-four years we've lived here. I arrived, almost thirty years old with my one year old baby girl in my arms. I had fought moving to this suburban community for two years, but my husband was right - it was the perfect place to raise a family. So that's what we did. We bought our starter home. We raised our family. Twenty-four years later, we're … [Read more...]

Don Draper, My Father and Me

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With the return of Mad Men this Sunday, April 5 for its final season, I thought it was appropriate to share this post I wrote last year on Purple Clover. When Sally Draper got out of the car on an episode of Mad Men in 2014 entitled "A Day's Work" and turned to her father, the handsome and tortured Don Draper, and said, “I love you, Dad. Happy Valentine’s Day,” I saw my … [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...]