The Last Disconnected Summer

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Why an admitted tech addict mourns the loss of her kids’ tech free summers.   Every summer, for the past six years, my kids have been disconnected from the digital world for seven weeks straight while they swim and bike and canoe and do every land sport imaginable at sleepaway camp. But this Continue Reading

I Miss My Car

In the annals of reality television, perhaps no show is as weird as My Strange Addiction, the show about people addicted to things like eating toilet paper, eating glass, licking their cats.  Really.  But one of the weirdest -- and one of the only episodes I've ever seen - featured a man who was Continue Reading

Hey New York! Do you know your zone?

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If you live in NYC, it's hard to avoid the bus stop ads telling us all that "call grandma" is NOT an emergency plan.  And if you've lived here for any length of time, you've lived through enough disasters -- both man-made and natural - that you know you really do need a plan.  Really. Well, I'm Continue Reading

Crafting for Jews with Hershey’s

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On Purim, Jews celebrate Persians trying (but not succeeding) to kill us, on Channukah, we commemorate how the Greeks tried (and failed) to kill us, and on Passover, we celebrate escaping being killed by the Egyptians. All this, Shalom Auslander points out in his novel, Foreskin's Lament. And all Continue Reading

My Stressed Teens

Being a teen is stressful.  There's all that homework.  All that uncertainty about your social status.  At least  teens are sure of one thing: their parents know NOTHING, nothing at all. Well,  CNN came to my apartment to talk to my family about stress.  I guess because, well, we're stressed.  Continue Reading

Child Free Summer

My daughter and me. Visiting Day at camp.

Forget the child-free v. having kids debate: Sleepaway Camp gives me the best of both worlds. I’ve always said that the difference between how I love my children, and how I love anyone else in the world is this: if a Mack Truck were careening down the highway headed for either of my kids, I would Continue Reading