Elf Magic

Life lessons and goodness can come from even the most commercialized and overly marketed aspects of the holidays.  Yes, even from the infamously annoying little creature that visits so many families during this special time of year.  I am referring to, of course, the Elf



Every year it happens and every year I am unprepared for its impact.  I am referring to the classic fall ritual of changing the clocks back one hour, allowing for more daylight in the morning and less in the evening.  As a child, I used

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Juicy Fruit Gum

“Mama, can I have some G-U-M?” this is a common question that my daughter asks nearly every time we get into the car.  My husband is good about buying gum and keeping it in our glove compartment.  I seem to forget about buying these small


Little Dreams

Every morning when I enter my two year old’s room, I find him under a mound of blankets and stuffed animals, usually fanny up, half-awake to the new day that has dawned. After many cuddles and smiles, I always ask him what he dreamed about


My Life with a Princeton Degree

A few weeks ago, hundreds of thousands of high school seniors ran home from school early hoping to find big envelopes from their colleges of choice waiting for them at their doorsteps. For parents, school administrators, and the students themselves, a “yes” or “no” from

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National Distress Signal

Walking up Harvard Street toward Beacon Street last Friday, I noticed the large American flag flying in the distance above Coolidge Corner was at half-staff. It took me a couple of minutes to realize that it must be in honor of the victims of the


Public School Angst

It is hard to reject your past when you feel like your child’s future is at stake. I am the product of, for better or for worse, private school education. It was not as if my parents were anti-public school, my older siblings both attended


Trumping Donald Trump

I just don’t understand why anyone is surprised that Donald Trump is the Republican frontrunner at the moment in the 2016 Presidential race, despite his average performance at last Wednesday’s CNN debate. Donald is a celebrity, a B-list celebrity, but a celebrity nonetheless and we


Cheerio Wimbledon Whites

It is time for The All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, home to The Championships, Wimbledon, to abolish its strict dress code policy requiring players to wear all white clothing.  The policy has been in effect for over 100 years at the prestigious club and started