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A New Year's Resolution for Everyone

January 18, 2019

I long ago stopped making New Year’s resolutions, since I tend to break them so easily.

However, this year I am proposing one for myself and anyone else who has the courage to take the challenge. As often happens in my unusual life as an adoptive Border Collie parent, this resolution is born from a conversation Abby and I had during one of our cold, wet early morning walks.

Dodging ...

Viva Italia!

Flipping through the channels the other night, I ended up watching Lidia Bastianich making meatballs on her Italian cooking show. Lidia’s homey recipes and thick Italian accent reminded me of the Italian side of my family.

When I was very young, my parents drove us from our home in Queens to visit relatives in Brooklyn once or twice a year. My mother’s paternal grandfather and a ...

Get on Board

The president of a house of worship in Connecticut told me that a congregant, well past retirement age, who said he had been a very successful marketing executive, stood up at its annual meeting to comment on the need for a better marketing plan to attract more members.

His remarks were not received well by the president. It had nothing to do with the merit of his ideas. “That’s ...

Clan of the Cave Cricket

I’m not an expert on insects, but one day as I was on my way down to the basement with a big basket of laundry, something jumped out from under the stairs that was definitely not one of our pets or my children. Being a calm, suburban mom who can take most things in stride, I naturally shrieked, stumbled, and hurled the basket of laundry down the stairs.

“Aaaahhhh!” I yelled ...

Year in review–2018 Part II

Already, really dumb things are happening in 2019, so I had better get through covering 2018. Here are the rest of the news items from last year that you swore you didn’t have anything to do with, and no one believed you.

When I first read this headline I assumed he launched his Tesla into a parking space, which seemed a bit of overkill, but Musk is ...