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...]

Selling Our Home of 24 Years – Part 2

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Our house is sold, and we’ve bought another. In the next 30 days I will need to pack, sort, store and toss 24 years of living. Fortunately I’ve always been a good tosser-outer, so much of the work has been done already. But still. There are baby toys that I’ve saved for my children’s (future) children. There are boxes of letters, cards, scrapbooks and yearbooks. There … [Read more...]

Italy – a Trip 25 Years in the Making

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As the end of the year approaches, I look back on 2014 filled with gratitude and amazement. I never could have predicted some of the things that happened - but then, who ever can? There are so many things I could say about 2014, but this post that originally appeared on Purple Clover, is about the best two weeks of a great year, so I'm sharing it for my last post of … [Read more...]

On the Occasion of My 25th Wedding Anniversary

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I'm a terrible joke teller, but there's one I think is pretty funny that goes something like this: I've been married for 25 years. It's been the happiest 6 months of my life. Like most good jokes, there's a little bit of truth to that statement. Much of marriage isn't simply about being happy,  just like after the age of, oh, about 11, much of life isn't simply about being … [Read more...]

The ABCs of Empty Nesting

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The college kids are heading back to their messy apartments or moving for the first time into their dorm rooms. So how are you feeling, parents? Will you miss those kids? Other than when our children are born, there's no bigger change in our lives as parents than when our children leave home. It's a shock to the system - but there are good things about empty nesting, … [Read more...]