Tag Archive: growing up

How Neil Young Saved My Life

Like most teenagers, I was passionate about music. Back when there were record players and 33 RPM albums with creatively rendered covers that opened like books, I collected and listened, read the liner notes and knew the words to hundreds of songs by heart. Artists like Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and the…

Photographs and Memories

Thousands and thousands of photographs sit in a large, plastic bin, haphazardly sorted by year. Even with all of the work I’ve done scanning photos to my computer, these thousands still wait to be dealt with.  I carefully peeled them out of their albums years ago, concerned they would disintegrate in the cheap plastic pages, dating some…

The Best Thing I Ever Did for My Son

In about a month, my son will graduate from college. Since he’s my youngest, this means that my days as a “mom” who gives my kids their allowance, reminds them of doctor’s appointments, thank you notes, bank deposits, getting their cars washed, registering for classes, calling their grandmothers, ordering contact lenses, buying new underwear, and so…

The Night I Became a Teenager – the Beatles and Saturday Night Live

In the fall of 1975 I went to a birthday party.  It was a time when we were quite impressed with ourselves, my friends and I. We had the right clothes – overalls and carpenter pants, Frye boots and Huck-a-Poo shirts, and we were, for the most part, unsupervised most of the time, free to…

A Journey Across the Country That Changed Everything

  We were a nomadic family. For a variety of reasons, my family moved to a new home every 2-3 years when I was growing up. While nearly all of those homes were in the same town, each move meant changing schools,  which meant starting over again – new friends, new teachers, a new street,…

Boobs. A Conversation.

My midlife blogger friends and I talk about a lot of things. We talk about getting older. We talk about our sex lives – good, bad or nonexistent. We talk about our kids – but not as often as mommy bloggers. We talk about writing techniques, social media, and blogging tools. We talk about books…

My Stylish Son – or How to Dress Like a Man

When my son was a little boy, I bought him lots of adorable clothes. Sweet little striped t-shirts, denim overalls, teeny-tiny high-top sneakers, and little zip-up jackets that made him look so cute that I could barely stand it. That doesn’t happen anymore. But I suppose that makes sense, since he IS 20 years old….

8 Great Songs of Summer

It’s the first day of summer – and summer is all about having fun. Every summer there’s a song that will forever mean hot weather, cold drinks, cool pools and the smell of coco-nutty suntan lotion. Here are some of my favorite summer songs – the ones that will always sound like summer to me….

12 Most Useful Things I Learned at Summer Camp

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…

My Dirty Laundry

I love doing laundry. I love the fact that there is a beginning (dirty clothes on the floor of the garage) a middle (sorted and washed, dried) and an end (folding and stacking). For the past 21 years, since we’ve lived in this house,  my laundry ritual has been to sort and fold while sitting…